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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-11-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,977
Posted By BigJohn
Feedback

Thanks for the suggestions Mike. I'm not sure the problem you describe with inaccurate readings due to ground path losses are the same thing I am experiencing, with the temperature values jumping...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-06-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,977
Posted By BigJohn
Mike, My CHT and Oil Pressure readings have...

Mike,

My CHT and Oil Pressure readings have always been very jumpy. I have learned to mentally average out the readings. A couple days ago I made a flight where the problem became very annoying...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-18-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,438
Posted By BigJohn
Not quite as bad as a friend a few years ago who...

Not quite as bad as a friend a few years ago who had to take a chain saw to his garage door to get his project out!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-09-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 473
Posted By BigJohn
New Rotax fuel pump higher settings for D-180

I replaced my fuel pump with the newer model from Rotax, and now my pressure gauge on the D-180 reads up in the yellow range. I seem to recall seeing somewhere on an older post that there are new...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-31-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By BigJohn
I believe that is old information. I have been...

I believe that is old information. I have been told the boxes come out of the factory now with the threshold set at 1350. I had to go lower to get good ops.

On some transponders you can trigger an...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-31-2019, 05:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By BigJohn
Its in the D-180.

Its in the D-180.
Forum: ADS-B 06-22-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By BigJohn
1350 is where I ended up.

1350 is where I ended up.
Forum: GPS 06-21-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,081
Posted By BigJohn
Thanks Bob. If the internal clock is the only...

Thanks Bob. If the internal clock is the only thing powered by the little battery then I reckon its not an issue because the unit finds satellites long before the Rotax warms up to 122F!

Since my...
Forum: GPS 06-20-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,081
Posted By BigJohn
Just out of curiosity, why does the 496 need a...

Just out of curiosity, why does the 496 need a battery to power a clock, when the time can be retrieved from the GPS satellite signal? Is there anything else of importance that is powered by this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-27-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,731
Posted By BigJohn
Good news, I think! See post #2.

Good news, I think! See post #2.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-22-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,731
Posted By BigJohn
Hey Greg, my FWF kit was shipped April 2010. Any...

Hey Greg, my FWF kit was shipped April 2010. Any idea of which pipe came during that time period? Just being lazy about pulling the cowl.
Forum: ADS-B 05-20-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,288
Posted By BigJohn
Jim, What range of threshold settings have you...

Jim,

What range of threshold settings have you tried? I had to go all the way down to 1350, and I have heard of some people needing to go even lower to get reliable results.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,464
Posted By BigJohn
Bryan, I have been flying into OSH for the show...

Bryan,

I have been flying into OSH for the show since 1982. I agree, pilot behavior has not changed much. The problem is, there are so many more of us now, that the mistakes that are made compound...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,464
Posted By BigJohn
Pilot Behavior at AOPA Frederick Fly-in

After flying in to the AOPA event I feel compelled to make an addition to this thread, reinforcing several comments made in earlier posts. Certainly, the issues surrounding the arrival traffic...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2019, 06:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,680
Posted By BigJohn
Bought the parts a year ago but reluctant to...

Bought the parts a year ago but reluctant to drill all those holes through the instrument compartment cover. I wonder if the new brace could be bonded to the cover rather than riveted?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-08-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,808
Posted By BigJohn
Ditto what Scott says. Also, it is troubling to...

Ditto what Scott says. Also, it is troubling to me when you say you have been swapping wires around hoping for a better result. That is a real good way to damage additional expensive components....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-01-2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,126
Posted By BigJohn
D-180 or SkyView?

D-180 or SkyView?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,652
Posted By BigJohn
What Dave says. Is there a reason you are...

What Dave says. Is there a reason you are attempting to warm up at only 2000 RPM? That is little more than an idle.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,260
Posted By BigJohn
My first thought: if the builder has procured a...

My first thought: if the builder has procured a used 912 for this project then his plan was to go EAB and not necessarily follow the plans. Then what other modifications have been made as the work on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,621
Posted By BigJohn
Randy, Your lack of experience with other...

Randy,

Your lack of experience with other airplanes is showing a bit in your post. Some of the characteristics that you present in a rather negative tone are the very things that endear the airplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,729
Posted By BigJohn
Greg, Nice job. Huge amount of work, obviously!...

Greg,

Nice job. Huge amount of work, obviously! Overall very impressive. Personally I find the top banner jumping up and down distracting, I could do without that. I found one typo that I emailed...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,888
Posted By BigJohn
And, the cables dont have to be very much too...

And, the cables dont have to be very much too long to hit the firewall. When I built my 12 I didnt leave enough clearance between the fully deflected rudders and the firewall, even though the rudder...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,888
Posted By BigJohn
Good Morning Bob, If you think about it this...

Good Morning Bob,

If you think about it this way, it is easier to understand what the others are saying.

As long as you are not applying any pressure to one rudder pedal or another, the rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2019, 06:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,179
Posted By BigJohn
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,466
Posted By BigJohn
I can only tell you what I did. Took a part from...

I can only tell you what I did. Took a part from my airplane that was painted in original color to a few stores, and bought a can of the best match I could find. Painted the parts before installing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-11-2019, 04:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,396
Posted By BigJohn
What Bruce said - and set up a good system of...

What Bruce said - and set up a good system of documenting your progress, and update after each work session. Its amazing how fast the human mind can forget the details! 😁
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2019, 04:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,807
Posted By BigJohn
All the info at AOPA

Here: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2014/june/11/answers-for-pilots-canada
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,807
Posted By BigJohn
I cut across every year on the way to OSH and...

I cut across every year on the way to OSH and return, always use flight following, never got a bill.

VFR flight plan required in Canada, but last year I forgot and there were no repercussions. Like...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-08-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 52,371
Posted By BigJohn
Refreshing the thread.

Refreshing the thread.
Forum: ADS-B 01-08-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,527
Posted By BigJohn
A couple years back I started a thread on this...

A couple years back I started a thread on this topic. You can find it here: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=154051&highlight=Uavionics

The installation is quite...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-07-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,974
Posted By BigJohn
Well, Jim, that’s the beauty of this wonderful...

Well, Jim, that’s the beauty of this wonderful thing called experimental aviation. We all get to make the decisions that provide the best tradeoffs in our individual situations. No right or wrong,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-07-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,305
Posted By BigJohn
Sumo, There seems to be quite a bit of...

Sumo,

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion in this thread about the configuration of the high amperage side of your electrical system (battery, solenoids, starter, master switch and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-07-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,974
Posted By BigJohn
Jim, I realize you are a strong proponent of...

Jim, I realize you are a strong proponent of running the electric pump at all times, for valid safety reasons. However there are valid reasons for not running the pump at cruise in some airplanes....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-04-2019, 06:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,001
Posted By BigJohn
I winterized my cockpit long ago before Van’s...

I winterized my cockpit long ago before Van’s offered a kit. Went to the Aircraft Components and Equipment store (ACE) and bought one each of every kind of foam weather stripping they carried. Then...
Forum: Tools 12-30-2018, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,354
Posted By BigJohn
I recognize uses for almost all. But a hatchet????

I recognize uses for almost all. But a hatchet????
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,518
Posted By BigJohn
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,518
Posted By BigJohn
Same exact setup in my 12. RAM on the panel....

Same exact setup in my 12. RAM on the panel. Works well. But the Air 2 is getting old, and the new models are enticing with faster processors, more memory, better screens etc. But REALLY expensive...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-10-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,281
Posted By BigJohn
Any resplution to the hard starting problem?

Any resplution to the hard starting problem?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-07-2018, 04:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,259
Posted By BigJohn
I live in upstate NY where we have a long and...

I live in upstate NY where we have a long and cold winter. This year we had our first below zero temps in November. 🥶 I have been using a Thermostasis for many years on the 912ULS with great results....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-01-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,336
Posted By BigJohn
I would like to make a suggestion and a request....

I would like to make a suggestion and a request. There is a community of RV-12 owners out here who have a very keen interest in any RV-12 incident or accident, for obvious reasons.

I suggest that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,595
Posted By BigJohn
PM sent this AM.

PM sent this AM.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,707
Posted By BigJohn
Harry, If you have the new style springs and you...

Harry,

If you have the new style springs and you have creep the issue almost certainly is with the throttle friction mechanism. The only other thing I can think of is excessive vibration, which...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-14-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,990
Posted By BigJohn
Will this be your first build project?

Will this be your first build project?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-01-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 29,340
Posted By BigJohn
Sounds like you did a good job. Dont mess with...

Sounds like you did a good job. Dont mess with success! After you fly for a while at various flight conditions if you want to change it you always can, say at the next CI.
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,643
Posted By BigJohn
Thanks MED, that was the wording I was refering...

Thanks MED, that was the wording I was refering to.
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,643
Posted By BigJohn
Hi Scott. It was on the installation instruction...

Hi Scott. It was on the installation instruction sheet. I didn’t keep a copy but I will double check next time I see the owner.

Hey, I see EAA flew off the 40 hours on “our” airplane!
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 06:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,643
Posted By BigJohn
To blast or not to blast...

I recently had occasion to work on a client’s RV-7, to replace the original failed alternator. The original had no nameplate or identification of any kind so we were unable to do a direct...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,043
Posted By BigJohn
Another vote for Swiftline!

Another vote for Swiftline!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-15-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,394
Posted By BigJohn
Dick, do you mean 71 even? The KAI specifies 71.4.

Dick, do you mean 71 even? The KAI specifies 71.4.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-11-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,644
Posted By BigJohn
Took me a while to figure out how to get this...

Took me a while to figure out how to get this picture inserted, but here it is better late than never. On the OWW project these two novice volunteers figured out the best method of plastic removal...
Forum: Northeast 10-01-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 450
Posted By BigJohn
Hi Irv, welcome to the forum. I dont know of RV...

Hi Irv, welcome to the forum. I dont know of RV activity in western Mass, but over here in eastern NY there are several flying RV’s and at least one 12is that will be started very soon.

I am...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-23-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,733
Posted By BigJohn
My first generation avionics in my RV-12 has the...

My first generation avionics in my RV-12 has the capability. It is “cool” to see the frequencies transfer over, but I don't ever remember using it in flight. Just as easy to crank the numbers in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-23-2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,151
Posted By BigJohn
Yes, I suspect like a lot of things, there is a...

Yes, I suspect like a lot of things, there is a lot of variation between FSDO’s. I worked with the Albany, NY FSDO. They took into account my RV build as well as several airplane restorations I had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,418
Posted By BigJohn
Thanks for that info. Sounds like a viable...

Thanks for that info. Sounds like a viable alternative. However, the darn thing has been working perfectly lately so no sense sending it out for a “No trouble found” report. Dontcha just love...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-11-2018, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,121
Posted By BigJohn
If you were seeing 115 TAS with wheel pants off,...

If you were seeing 115 TAS with wheel pants off, you had to be running at near WOT. In that case 5.5 - 6.0 GPH is normal. 4.5 GPH can be obtained, but at a reduced power setting.

You do not say...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,418
Posted By BigJohn
This is good news to me....

My SL-40 began failing on my way to OSH in July. High level white noise that would break squelch and make stations almost impossible to hear unless within 5 miles or so. On my return flight I had my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-05-2018, 05:51 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 52,371
Posted By BigJohn
That’s also how I read the documentation on...

That’s also how I read the documentation on “Control Source”.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-04-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 52,371
Posted By BigJohn
Success!

Solved last two problems today.

Ryan had discovered from the screenshots I sent him that the ICAO code that I had entered did not “take” and was still incorrect. More than likely I had entered the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-04-2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 52,371
Posted By BigJohn
Chris, did you ever get this resolved? Which...

Chris, did you ever get this resolved? Which setting made it work, blank or N number?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-03-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 52,371
Posted By BigJohn
Marty, I resist because I am (much) older than...

Marty, I resist because I am (much) older than you, and can’t contort myself like I used to. And, I just finished the CI where I had eveything apart, and am not anxious to do it again.

And, you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-03-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,474
Posted By BigJohn
Erich, just a question. Are you hard wired to the...

Erich, just a question. Are you hard wired to the GRT or using the echoto to pick the squawk and alt off of the transmitted transpomder signal?

Glad you got it working! I’m not there yet.....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-02-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 52,371
Posted By BigJohn
Responses:

Piper J3 - Yeah, I thought of that, even better to screw it right to the bulkhead, which I plan to do next.

Maniago - That would be an obvious choice if it was easy. However the way things are...
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