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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 08:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,226
Posted By RFSchaller
Hadnít thought about the prop wash effect, Carl....

Hadnít thought about the prop wash effect, Carl. Iíll have to try it this weekend and see how much it affects the string. I wonder if putting one on the wing would be far enough out of the prop wash....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís a pretty forgiving process. You can always...

Itís a pretty forgiving process. You can always sand off your boo-boos and lay down a new layer of glass and resin. It seems much more mystical than it really is.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 10:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 268
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís a pretty simple process, so you would have...

Itís a pretty simple process, so you would have no problem doing it yourself, but a competent A&P should take no more than 2 hours to set it up. I paid about $160 for dynamic balancing. In my area...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By RFSchaller
I carry two of my used plugs in my on-the-road...

I carry two of my used plugs in my on-the-road bag of spare parts just in case. Thatís how I make use of the old ones.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By RFSchaller
I replace all mine with new every annual. The...

I replace all mine with new every annual. The originals are cheap enough I donít even think twice about it. If the price goes up I might reconsider that practice.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
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Views: 608
Posted By RFSchaller
I love my D180/D100 combo, but in 7 years and...

I love my D180/D100 combo, but in 7 years and almost 1000 hours Iíve gone through 3 EGT probes, 1 oil pressure probe, and an 1 EMS card. Seems like a lot considering Iíve put 3000 hours on my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 486
Posted By RFSchaller
I bought automotive 5/8Ē heater hose and a molded...

I bought automotive 5/8Ē heater hose and a molded elbow to replace mine. The specs were something like 350F and 50 psi on them, and I found them online at an auto racing shop.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,226
Posted By RFSchaller
Try taping a piece of string to your canopy to...

Try taping a piece of string to your canopy to act as a yaw string. If it is straight along the longitudinal axis and the ball is centered in flight it is rigged properly.

I wish I could claim I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By RFSchaller
As I recall ROTAX allows up to 300 RPM drop with...

As I recall ROTAX allows up to 300 RPM drop with a delta of 115 RPM, so your numbers would be within limits, but in almost 1000 hours and 7 years I have never seen greater than 100 RPM drop and a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-11-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Posted By RFSchaller
I had an exhaust pipe shear on my first home...

I had an exhaust pipe shear on my first home built, a WAR FW-190. It was a lousy design with too much unsupported weight cantilevered at the end. When it broke the exhaust impinged directly on the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By RFSchaller
My interior is grey except for the flat black...

My interior is grey except for the flat black glare shield, so it blended in just fine.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By RFSchaller
If youíre talking about the seeing the back side...

If youíre talking about the seeing the back side of the fiberglass through the canopy plex I just masked off the canopy and spray painted the inside surface of the canopy to cover the area behind the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-30-2019, 09:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,826
Posted By RFSchaller
Your finger nails are tougher than mine, Warren!😁

Your finger nails are tougher than mine, Warren!😁
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-26-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,400
Posted By RFSchaller
I think later RV12s eliminated the direct...

I think later RV12s eliminated the direct connection to the battery for the 12V outlet.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2019, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,125
Posted By RFSchaller
I use automotive antisieze paste. Silver colored...

I use automotive antisieze paste. Silver colored stuff. After 900 hours no issues.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 423
Posted By RFSchaller
I confess that when it came on that point in my...

I confess that when it came on that point in my build I elected to trust the mothershipís design and blew it off. Trust that has been rewarded not only in this but every phase of the build. Vans made...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-21-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,325
Posted By RFSchaller
If it makes you feel any better: on my first two...

If it makes you feel any better: on my first two annuals I found a couple of rivets that I had missed. One was really annoying because it was on top of the fuselage behind the window in plain sight,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,163
Posted By RFSchaller
Are RV-12 keys interchangeable between aircraft?...

Are RV-12 keys interchangeable between aircraft? Iím glad I installed a canopy lock!😱
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,313
Posted By RFSchaller
Mike, was the 15,000í DA? Iíve Clawed my way to...

Mike, was the 15,000í DA? Iíve Clawed my way to about 13,500í DA with 12,500í indicated on a cold winter day.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,325
Posted By RFSchaller
If the parts arenít deformed Iíd mutter a few...

If the parts arenít deformed Iíd mutter a few choice epithets, install the rivets and move on.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,371
Posted By RFSchaller
Like Turner said. Once I balanced my nosewheel my...

Like Turner said. Once I balanced my nosewheel my shudder went away. I got over 500 hrs on my first set of tires and wear was pretty even which really surprised me given the way the plane sits on its...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,738
Posted By RFSchaller
Thatís a good price, Jim. Iím paying $3.26/gallon...

Thatís a good price, Jim. Iím paying $3.26/gallon for unleaded premium her in Phoenix.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-12-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 23,741
Posted By RFSchaller
Dale, Whatís your engine total time? If itís...

Dale,

Whatís your engine total time? If itís less than 500 I can see how you could go 100 hrs on an oil change, but after that my oil was pretty brown at 50 hr intervals.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2019, 08:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,861
Posted By RFSchaller
I use Bose A20 headsets, and find the noise level...

I use Bose A20 headsets, and find the noise level with them on is fine.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,308
Posted By RFSchaller
Dennis, Spotting a low tire is pretty easy, so...

Dennis,

Spotting a low tire is pretty easy, so my issue was access to add air. Access ports work, but you end up jockeying the aircraft back and forth to get the stem aligned with the port, and you...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-06-2019, 09:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,373
Posted By RFSchaller
I didnít really see much drop in speed without...

I didnít really see much drop in speed without the wheel pants. Maybe a couple of knots, but I didnít measure exactly. The pants look great, but in my opinion the aesthetics arenít worth the added...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-06-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By RFSchaller
At my first coolant hose change I replaced as...

At my first coolant hose change I replaced as many of the hose clamps as could with screw type. There were a few where I had to reuse the spring type due to accessibility issues. I know why spring...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-05-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,373
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís been over a year since I put he new fork on,...

Itís been over a year since I put he new fork on, but I donít recall any issues fitting the fork or wheel pants. I eventually pulled the wheel pants off to simplify maintaining tire pressure.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-05-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 831
Posted By RFSchaller
2022 is my ten year replacement. I already did...

2022 is my ten year replacement. I already did the TS Flightline fuel hose replacement to get rid of that time-limited replacement, and if they have a lifetime replacement for coolant and oil in 2022...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-04-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 831
Posted By RFSchaller
I used 5/8Ē heater hose after looking at the hose...

I used 5/8Ē heater hose after looking at the hose specs. One hose from the cylinder to the coolant header tank required a pre-molded right angle. The radiator hose was also an automotive hose. I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-04-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,056
Posted By RFSchaller
I just used a really sharp scissors from a fabric...

I just used a really sharp scissors from a fabric store. Never had any issues cutting fiberglass. I once tried to use Kevlar cloth but gave up trying to cut it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 950
Posted By RFSchaller
Mike, I reseated all the connectors and used...

Mike,

I reseated all the connectors and used electrical cleaner on each connector before I sent my D180 in for repair. Dirty connectors are an easy assumption, but not necessarily the right...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By RFSchaller
From the ROTAX course it appears the only think...

From the ROTAX course it appears the only think special about4000 RPM is to be at a high enough RPM where carb imbalance is not a issue for rough running.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,827
Posted By RFSchaller
EAA offers a weekend course teaching the basics...

EAA offers a weekend course teaching the basics of RV building ó- mostly rudimentary riveting skills.i found it very useful having built only fiberglass an tube-and-rag previously.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,003
Posted By RFSchaller
Wow, sounds like a good excuse to grope,😈. Iíll...

Wow, sounds like a good excuse to grope,😈. Iíll have to remember that one! ó- Almost as good as when I had aYak-52 and HELPED my female passengers into the parachute harness for some acro!😛
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,185
Posted By RFSchaller
Looks like the toughest part is getting the...

Looks like the toughest part is getting the locktited screw plug out. Probably need heat and must beware of damaging the rubber diaphragm.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 950
Posted By RFSchaller
I had spiking oil and coolant temps. I sent my...

I had spiking oil and coolant temps. I sent my D180 in to Dynon, and they replaced the EMS board. Problem solved.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,655
Posted By RFSchaller
I bought a 796 that I use in my Cherokee. Iíll...

I bought a 796 that I use in my Cherokee. Iíll probably install it in my RV-12 in a year or so.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2019, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 823
Posted By RFSchaller
Try running with 50% AVGAS on the really hot...

Try running with 50% AVGAS on the really hot days. I have found it makes a big difference in eliminating vapor lock.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-23-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,655
Posted By RFSchaller
Last time I checked Garmin moving map displays...

Last time I checked Garmin moving map displays only interfaced with Garmin ADS-B hardware for FIS and TIS IN. Possible exception is the Foreflight receiver. Am I wrong?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-23-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,585
Posted By RFSchaller
Joe, Looking back at the money I spent building...

Joe,

Looking back at the money I spent building 4 homebuilts over the last 30 years I could have bought a nice used Bonanza, but I would have missed out on a very educational and fulfilling build...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,585
Posted By RFSchaller
I had 6 airplanes before finishing my RV-12, and...

I had 6 airplanes before finishing my RV-12, and none had an autopilot. For 27 years I hand flew trips that frequently were over 1000 NM. I elected to put in the autopilot in my RV-12, and I got so...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-14-2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,348
Posted By RFSchaller
I laid down masking tape on the aluminum right up...

I laid down masking tape on the aluminum right up to the edge and then another tape about 3/16Ē from the aluminum on the plexiglass. Then I smeared in clear RTV and pulled up the tape before it set....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-12-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 957
Posted By RFSchaller
There is also a Safety Alert on early flaperon...

There is also a Safety Alert on early flaperon actuator arms with incomplete welds.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-10-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,660
Posted By RFSchaller
I just note ďVFR GPS OnboardĒ in the remarks.

I just note ďVFR GPS OnboardĒ in the remarks.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-09-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,350
Posted By RFSchaller
Yep, pretty cool, Bob. Thanks.

Yep, pretty cool, Bob. Thanks.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2019, 09:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,555
Posted By RFSchaller
Vic, Just noticed your build history. Man you...

Vic,

Just noticed your build history. Man you are a serial builder!😜

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,566
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Dale. Now I understand. Rich

Thanks, Dale. Now I understand.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,566
Posted By RFSchaller
Dale, I always start on both ignition circuits....

Dale,

I always start on both ignition circuits. Why do you start on one? Am I missing something?

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,979
Posted By RFSchaller
Sorry about spell check mangling some of my last.

Sorry about spell check mangling some of my last.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,979
Posted By RFSchaller
Donít get me wrong. Iím all in favor of spin...

Donít get me wrong. Iím all in favor of spin training, but it only takes an hour or two so he not just rent a Cessna 150 or 152 for those lessons? When rather reason is explained it reinforces...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-01-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,979
Posted By RFSchaller
Russ, Thatís a lot of experience. Think back...

Russ,

Thatís a lot of experience. Think back over your IP career. Have you ever recommended that a student do something in an airplane that the manufacturer says is prohibited? If anything were to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,457
Posted By RFSchaller
One of my favorite cross country trips is from...

One of my favorite cross country trips is from the Phoenix area to Chiriaco Summit, CA. It was Pattonís headquarters when his troops trained for Operation Torch. It has a museum and you land on the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,767
Posted By RFSchaller
I donít know if this simple test would even...

I donít know if this simple test would even apply, but I remember the instructor at the ROTAX course talking about a dark test. You remove the cowling in a dark area of the airport at night and run...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-30-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 969
Posted By RFSchaller
An added bonus of doing the install yourself is...

An added bonus of doing the install yourself is that you will gain the confidence and understanding of your plane that will let you do your maintenance, inspections and modifications after getting it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-26-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,743
Posted By RFSchaller
John, those look great. I need to get into the...

John, those look great. I need to get into the 21st century and learn 3D printing. What printer do you use?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-26-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,730
Posted By RFSchaller
My layout table is made from two 4í X 8í X 3/4Ē...

My layout table is made from two 4í X 8í X 3/4Ē sheets of plywood butted up against each other on the short edge and screwed to a 2Ē X 4Ē frame with several 4í crosspieces to prevent sagging in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,349
Posted By RFSchaller
Something similar happened to me while building a...

Something similar happened to me while building a WAR FW-190 in the 80s. Fortunately it was in an area where I could cut a hole with a circular saw and install a canopy vent. Not really helpful in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,539
Posted By RFSchaller
My 12 has a ULS. When I built it back in...

My 12 has a ULS. When I built it back in 2010-2012 I was surprised by the lack of inspection ports aft of the baggage bulkhead, and I ended up adding 5 after certification. Has the 12is added any...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,539
Posted By RFSchaller
I plead ignorance! What is all that plumbing?...

I plead ignorance! What is all that plumbing? Surely that canít be a RV12iS !
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2019, 09:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,222
Posted By RFSchaller
I admit my transoceanic experience consists of a...

I admit my transoceanic experience consists of a trip to the Bahamas and one to Catalina Island - both in my Cherokee. Ran into an imbedded thunderstorm on the way back from Freeport. That satisfied...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-19-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,222
Posted By RFSchaller
Never intended any criticism. I am honestly Just...

Never intended any criticism. I am honestly Just asking why in a respectful manner.
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