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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 06:44 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Anyone else here that has to perform their annual...

Anyone else here that has to perform their annual and complete it by March 31st, or Feb 29th, 2020?

I don't think ours is going to arrive in time by 3-31, and we'll be grounded until it arrives...
Forum: Safety Yesterday, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,114
Posted By NinerBikes
Any updates on this from the OP? What was the...

Any updates on this from the OP? What was the solution?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2020, 10:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,632
Posted By NinerBikes
Will be interested in hearing what the cylinder...

Will be interested in hearing what the cylinder compression reads on your annual inspection.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-23-2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,953
Posted By NinerBikes
Run a 141 HP turbocharged motor that is good for...

Run a 141 HP turbocharged motor that is good for continuous 135 HP, has continuous power at higher elevations without loss, and doesn't exceed the Van's 160 HP max rated spec for a power plant that a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-23-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,953
Posted By NinerBikes
Surprised, other than the cost, no one talks...

Surprised, other than the cost, no one talks about running a turbocharged motor at elevations above 10,000, in a RV-9.

No talk about ever running a Rotax 915 IS rated at 141 HP, and it's not losing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,632
Posted By NinerBikes
N836BL gets Sport Plus 4 every 50 hours... it...

N836BL gets Sport Plus 4 every 50 hours... it does use 1/4 to 1/3 liter from May - Sept here in So CA between oil changes. Oil temps will get up to 230F in the hot months, then we back off on the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-22-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,632
Posted By NinerBikes
Original Voltage regulator is still good?

Original Voltage regulator is still good?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-18-2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By NinerBikes
https://www.faa.gov/documentlibrary/media/advisory...

https://www.faa.gov/documentlibrary/media/advisory_circular/ac%2065-32a.pdf

I don't think it's a straight Rotax...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-17-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,791
Posted By NinerBikes
Ground loops and taildraggers are synonymous....

Ground loops and taildraggers are synonymous. I've heard it said, not if, but when, for ground loops. If the second co owner that ground looped had manned up, and paid for all the repairs, instead...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-16-2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By NinerBikes
Do you put OEM oil filters on your Rotax? OEM...

Do you put OEM oil filters on your Rotax? OEM spec motor oil too?

I'd say since Van's probably built the gas tank, put their electric sender that they spec'd in their gas tank, too, if your original...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-16-2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By NinerBikes
So much for E-LSA, vs 10 hours in and it's...

So much for E-LSA, vs 10 hours in and it's modified to E-AB, for the next potential owner, if it becomes a potential problem.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-16-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 892
Posted By NinerBikes
Classic or Classic Touch screen?

Classic or Classic Touch screen?
Forum: ADS-B 02-16-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,101
Posted By NinerBikes
Working well. Have you perhaps also considered...

Working well. Have you perhaps also considered adding ADS-B In? It's nice, on the Dynon Skyviews, to get current TFR's and weather reports showing up on your screen in writing, as well as rain,...
Forum: California 02-15-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,456
Posted By NinerBikes
Hope to be in attendance, 2 of us, sent an...

Hope to be in attendance, 2 of us, sent an email.

Fingers crossed for glassy flying conditions for the RV-12

Might have to stop in at Kern Valley, L05 for breakfast, earlier. Great view while...
Forum: California 02-15-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,456
Posted By NinerBikes
Yup! at the bottom, A Sonex jet trip? ...

Yup!
at the bottom, A Sonex jet trip?
:D
https://www.airnav.com/airport/KIYK

https://www.airnav.com/airport/KBIH
Forum: Safety 02-14-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,245
Posted By NinerBikes
On a new motor E-LSA RV-12? How many hours on...

On a new motor E-LSA RV-12? How many hours on the engine? Or was it an E-AB motor not bought through Van's?
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-14-2020, 07:20 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,953
Posted By NinerBikes
Curious as to if the old 7.0 : 1 compression...

Curious as to if the old 7.0 : 1 compression ratio on the 150HP 0-320 could run on regular 87 octane unleaded pump gas or Mogas. Did it originally run on 80 octane Leaded fuel? The lower...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,160
Posted By NinerBikes
Perfect! Visit there weekly, pretty much... KWHP...

Perfect! Visit there weekly, pretty much... KWHP based.

BTW, how long did it take you?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,160
Posted By NinerBikes
Want to sell the used drill bits, bushings and ...

Want to sell the used drill bits, bushings and alum tube? Located at CMR or ?
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 02-11-2020, 08:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,045
Posted By NinerBikes
RV-15 with a match for those supposed new E-LSA...

RV-15 with a match for those supposed new E-LSA weight standards 1550 to 1600 # we keep hoping for with a Sport Pilot License, if the FAA ever gets it moving. Removable wings, slightly wider cabin,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Do you use the S-LSA RV-12 commercially? It is...

Do you use the S-LSA RV-12 commercially? It is recommended but optional for the home built E-LSA RV-12s too, not, per say, mandatory.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,815
Posted By NinerBikes
Lionel, It's a nice day, go fly, while your...

Lionel,


It's a nice day, go fly, while your bird is still free!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 03:26 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
We now return you back to front legs, forks,...

We now return you back to front legs, forks, ordering your parts to make your RV-12 current, and newly air worthy certified to best engineering practices, once you get them installed, after your...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
My simple understanding is that a plane that has...

My simple understanding is that a plane that has been "certified" has been built professionally, by a business, and maintained to an airworthiness standard, such that it can be flown for business...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Pretty sure I read somewhere that S-LSA's are...

Pretty sure I read somewhere that S-LSA's are built to ASTM standards, nothing more. Of how I am not sure how that would be a certificated aircraft? Seems so complex to me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 968
Posted By NinerBikes
Did you use the Silent Hektik with the AGM...

Did you use the Silent Hektik with the AGM battery charging profile, straight to 14.0V and max amps, or the version for LiFe04 with the 5 stage charging schedule in the first 30 minutes, before full...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,063
Posted By NinerBikes
Interesting that when landing it has increased...

Interesting that when landing it has increased braking action.

Will the POH be revised for the 3 blade prop to reflect this change, in terms of glide ratio /glide slope when dead stick landing, in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,261
Posted By NinerBikes
I'd pull the float bowls, and weigh your floats,...

I'd pull the float bowls, and weigh your floats, first.

Then I'd switch to 100LL and Decalin and repeat tests, just to see if it's fuel related with the Mogas you are running.

You didn't mention...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-05-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,048
Posted By NinerBikes
As I suggested earlier, go fuel up at Santa Paula...

As I suggested earlier, go fuel up at Santa Paula airport, or somewhere 15 to 20 miles inland of the Pacific Ocean. See if the fuel is dry from other airports. Or go fill up with Premium car pump...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-05-2020, 12:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,048
Posted By NinerBikes
Try 1/4 tank of fuel in storage, and let it sit...

Try 1/4 tank of fuel in storage, and let it sit through some foggy mornings for a week or two, and then let us know the results, if your sample is still water free. Then you'll know for sure if it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Not an engineer, but that's surely the way...

Not an engineer, but that's surely the way concrete starts cracking in stress tests under load. The tension side cracks first, due to the lack of elasticity of the material. Later, the compression...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 05:40 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Let me suggest this: if you had to do a retrofit...

Let me suggest this: if you had to do a retrofit on some other plane similar to a RV-12...

Say a Sling 2 from South Africa, or one of those fancy CZech planes or a Bristell... you don't even want...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,132
Posted By NinerBikes
Maybe next time you put the wheel pants on, after...

Maybe next time you put the wheel pants on, after a tire inspection, you leave just the bottom screw that's a PIA out?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,132
Posted By NinerBikes
I'm certain a Chapman gunsmithing screwdriver set...

I'm certain a Chapman gunsmithing screwdriver set would help you out. #9600

https://chapmanmfg.com/pages/gunsmith-screwdriver-sets
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 10:50 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Relax... if your plane is E-LSA, you don't...

Relax... if your plane is E-LSA, you don't absolutely have to get the new fork and nose gear installed before your next inspection. Read above, only S-LSA is mandatory.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
In the event the condition annual inspection is...

In the event the condition annual inspection is completed the first week of April ( in the heat...:( ) Is the next annual inspection after that due by April 30th of 2021, or can we do it earlier...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 11:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,048
Posted By NinerBikes
Get a free clean empty vial from one of your...

Get a free clean empty vial from one of your friends in the entertainment business. ;) maybe a syringe too.

Take a 50/50 sample from your fuel tester and put it in the vial, put the cap on and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 09:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,132
Posted By NinerBikes
Nose wheel fairing, nose strut fairing, and 2...

Nose wheel fairing, nose strut fairing, and 2 main wheel fairings is actually worth 5 to 7 TAS knots, realistically, at 5200 rpms.

They are very functional items on the RV-12, IMHO. Yes Air press...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Parts are on order, but back logged, we were told...

Parts are on order, but back logged, we were told 4 to 6 weeks.

Annual inspection can be done any time in Feb or March, as long as before 3-31 rolls around... and it's much nicer to do annual when...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,048
Posted By NinerBikes
Santa Monica Airport is right next to the Pacific...

Santa Monica Airport is right next to the Pacific Ocean. You have on shore flow and high relative humidity, every single morning, as a result, hence foggy and low clouds on many mornings.

Your fuel...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-31-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
We shall fly to Salida, CO and pay you well for...

We shall fly to Salida, CO and pay you well for your services, then! How long do you think it will take you? :D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-31-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,391
Posted By NinerBikes
I consider the wing eyelets optional. We don't...

I consider the wing eyelets optional. We don't need them in the hangar, but if parked near helicopters or jet blast while inside the restaurant at temporary tie downs visiting other airports for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-30-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
120836 ordered today... first lot or batch is...

120836 ordered today... first lot or batch is completely sold out... estimate 4 to 6 weeks before next batch is complete and ours then gets shipped.

Annual inspection in March.....

Going to have...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-29-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,567
Posted By NinerBikes
How long do those rubber bushings normally last?

How long do those rubber bushings normally last?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-28-2020, 11:10 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Yes, you can wait. Your inspection was completed...

Yes, you can wait. Your inspection was completed before the announcement, but the modifications will be due before or at your next annual inspection in Dec or Jan 2021.

It's the people who have not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-28-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,474
Posted By NinerBikes
Just curious, Greg, but is this update in any way...

Just curious, Greg, but is this update in any way related to the plane and the flight school that was looking for a new engine mount too, located in MD, that had some hard landings by a student and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-28-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 22,637
Posted By NinerBikes
After 2 past flights where Voltage Regulator acts...

After 2 past flights where Voltage Regulator acts normal on run up, but stops charging right upon rotation and take off, showing 12.3 V and -9 to -10 amps, including no charging for the first 12...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-16-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,239
Posted By NinerBikes
About 215 hours on a 2015 build... and we were...

About 215 hours on a 2015 build... and we were just looking... Nothing showing smoked rivets, yet, but we almost always fly early in the day, in glassy air, avoiding any type of turbulence. Probably...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-16-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,239
Posted By NinerBikes
Are you talking about smoking rivets? How many...

Are you talking about smoking rivets? How many hours on the plane?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-15-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,815
Posted By NinerBikes
I think he flew today, to Camarillo and back, so...

I think he flew today, to Camarillo and back, so maybe he's looking at this thread once it's time to get his RV-12 back into the hangar. ;)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-14-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,652
Posted By NinerBikes
Same situation here, electric fuel pump sounds...

Same situation here, electric fuel pump sounds like a mini jackhammer inside the cockpit, all the time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-14-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,652
Posted By NinerBikes
Fuses were only blowing when battery tested out...

Fuses were only blowing when battery tested out bad, out of the airplane, on the bench. Owner was lucky recipient of 2 bad batteries in a row, from Spruce Aircraft.

A pig tail with Anderson Power...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-14-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,652
Posted By NinerBikes
When we were losing fuel pump fuses when the...

When we were losing fuel pump fuses when the Earth X batteries kept dying, the fuel pump being defective was a consideration for blown fuses as part of a phantom electrical draw on the battery,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-14-2020, 10:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,652
Posted By NinerBikes
1. We've lost a few 5 amp fuses. Part of the...

1. We've lost a few 5 amp fuses. Part of the routine now is that we do CCiGARR

Close Canopy, Controls, Instruments, Gas (which includes installing gas pump fuse back in) Attitude, Radio frequencies...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-13-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,652
Posted By NinerBikes
Pulling 19 amps on a 165 to 175 aH battery is a...

Pulling 19 amps on a 165 to 175 aH battery is a very heavy load. I would expect the voltage to drop below 12.0.

With a brand new battery, showing 12.85 V at start, the Dynon SkyView Touch usually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,900
Posted By NinerBikes
Good stuff, DanH!

Good stuff, DanH!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-13-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,154
Posted By NinerBikes
What is involved, now, with the annual...

What is involved, now, with the annual inspection, with all of that center console in there?

Does all of that have to come up and out, every annual inspection?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-13-2020, 12:09 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,815
Posted By NinerBikes
Interesting... they move local News Bell...

Interesting... they move local News Bell helicopters, fire fighting water drop helicopters and Crane helicopters all over the airport I frequent on dollies.

I guess the trick is to build the dolly...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,815
Posted By NinerBikes
I would put the hand crank in, and put the nose...

I would put the hand crank in, and put the nose wheel on a dolly, problem solved. The dolly would need to cradle the front wheel with some wood. You can put your weight on the back of the plane by...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,815
Posted By NinerBikes
I am assuming he has a "T" shaped hanger, if he's...

I am assuming he has a "T" shaped hanger, if he's backing his plane into the hanger and pushing it..
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,815
Posted By NinerBikes
You can buy a 25 to 30$ hand crank winch with...

You can buy a 25 to 30$ hand crank winch with plenty of leverage at Harbor Freight. Should be almost effortless, pulling a mere 750 pounds on wheels, up a gradual slope.

Another question... how do...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-09-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,652
Posted By NinerBikes
Pull your battery, and charge it up with a 12v...

Pull your battery, and charge it up with a 12v battery charger for 24 hrs. that will put out 14.8V.

Take it off the charger and take a voltage reading. Should be initially 13.1 to 13.3 volts with a...
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