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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat Yesterday, 09:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By DHeal
This is an amazing site full of interesting...

This is an amazing site full of interesting airport facts and history. Thank you Paul for your efforts to preserve this fading aviation history.

ps -- My airport roaming days began the early 1960s...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Posted By DHeal
Could be that a single push of the AP Disconnect...

Could be that a single push of the AP Disconnect button (the one next to the throttle) disconnects the AP servo connections but leaves the AP working in the background (i.e., the command bars are...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-14-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 7
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Views: 440
Posted By DHeal
First and easiest thing to do is to wiggle /...

First and easiest thing to do is to wiggle / clean the CHT spade where it connects to the cylinder head probe -- as I recall the probe is located under the right rear cylinder head.. Sometimes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 673
Posted By DHeal
Loctite 567 -- never had any issue with it on...

Loctite 567 -- never had any issue with it on 100LL, mogas/E-10, oil, air, and hydraulic fittings.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-06-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 925
Posted By DHeal
I used the same "wrap" material that I used for...

I used the same "wrap" material that I used for my instrument panel to cover up the areas you are concerned about. It looks fine after six...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-28-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By DHeal
Your local ACE hardware store should have them or...

Your local ACE hardware store should have them or see:
http://www.cleavelandtool.com/Wheel-Pants/products/114/...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By DHeal
After you have fluted the tail cone formers so...

After you have fluted the tail cone formers so that they lie flat on a table, be sure to tweak their circumferential flange angles so that they are reasonably aligned with the taper of the tail cone...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By DHeal
Powder coating has the potential to hide cracks...

Powder coating has the potential to hide cracks beneath the thick coating. For this reason, powder coating is generally not recommended for such things as motor mounts, etc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,140
Posted By DHeal
Another "pro" for the canopy cover is security...

Another "pro" for the canopy cover is security when stored outside -- "Out of sight, out of mind". Every little bit helps.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,721
Posted By DHeal
IMHO, heat under the cowl is normally not an...

IMHO, heat under the cowl is normally not an issue for the battery's health*. Next time you have the top cowl removed (takes less than two minutes) install a pigtail set of wires from the battery...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-31-2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,721
Posted By DHeal
While monitoring for parasitic drain at the...

While monitoring for parasitic drain at the battery (GOOGLE: Parasitic Drain) deactivate individual circuits by pulling individual fuses to identify suspect drain.

You could also disconnect the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 712
Posted By DHeal
Ignition Checks at Various RPMs?

Occasionally I would like to verify the independent operation of each of the ignition modules on my 912 ULS at times and RPMs other than during the usual 4,000 RPM run-up. Is there any danger to the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,572
Posted By DHeal
If you ever sell your plane your future purchaser...

If you ever sell your plane your future purchaser will greatly appreciate your installing these simple AP brackets now.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,947
Posted By DHeal
The link I provided above works fine for me. You...

The link I provided above works fine for me. You could also search through Van's Aircraft's website for their various videos.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By DHeal
As Mike said, get a spring-loaded automatic...

As Mike said, get a spring-loaded automatic center punch. You should grind down the diameter of the center punch's pointy-part to fit the rivet mandrel hole. In some cases you might want to support...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-10-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,947
Posted By DHeal
While not directly comparable in design to the...

While not directly comparable in design to the RV-12's landing gear, here is an interesting video depicting Van's landing gear test procedure for the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-09-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 455
Posted By DHeal
Hi John -- The updated fuel pressure spec is in...

Hi John --
The updated fuel pressure spec is in the ROTAX 912 Installation Manual (https://www.rotax-owner.com/en/support-topmenu/engine-manuals#912-series-engines) in Section 73-00-00 (Page 5). The...
Forum: ADS-B 08-02-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By DHeal
I have had much better tracking with: ...

I have had much better tracking with: www.flightradar24.com
Flightaware.com doesn't seem to pick up the majority of my flights. I am not a paid subscriber to either site.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By DHeal
I think most right-handed people would...

I think most right-handed people would instinctively prefer to "PULL open" the buckle release lever -- so female on left and male on right. Southpaws are out of luck I guess.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,441
Posted By DHeal
I suspect that you are looking for a suitable...

I suspect that you are looking for a suitable container to haul Mogas from an enroute gas station to your RV-12's stock 20-gallon fuel tank (i.e., NOT for actual storage in the baggage compartment). ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-15-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,022
Posted By DHeal
My "breather hole-style" cap has been adjusted to...

My "breather hole-style" cap has been adjusted to be a slightly snug push fit on initial installation. After the lever is depressed the cap is very securely retained in the fuel port -- there should...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-14-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,025
Posted By DHeal
IMHO, one forum for both. Be sure to ID your...

IMHO, one forum for both. Be sure to ID your RV-12 type in thread title and signature line.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,509
Posted By DHeal
Yes -- IMHO adjusting the shim is preferred. If...

Yes -- IMHO adjusting the shim is preferred. If you choose to shave the nylon plate be sure that sufficient material remains to adequately capture and retain the metal latch arm. On my RV-12 I find...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,509
Posted By DHeal
Another variable is whether or not the original...

Another variable is whether or not the original builder (or subsequent owners) applied non-OEM weather-stripping between the canopy's aft undersurface and the corresponding mating surface of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,346
Posted By DHeal
Stop drill it and put a decal over it.

Stop drill it and put a decal over it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 781
Posted By DHeal
You might find it advantageous to remove the air...

You might find it advantageous to remove the air filter on the right-side to provide sufficient room to pull the carb out of its socket. The left-side carb can be removed from its socket with its...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,435
Posted By DHeal
I suspect that this pipe is a Van's...

I suspect that this pipe is a Van's vendor-supplied part unique to the RV-12 series. Wouldn't it be less costly (as a user option) for the vendor to weld a patch over the weak area of the EX-00017...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-03-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By DHeal
I suggest that you become very familiar with the...

I suggest that you become very familiar with the Operator's Manual, Line Maintenance Manual, and Heavy Maintenance Manual for your ROTAX 912 ULS...
Forum: Safety 05-31-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,529
Posted By DHeal
And if the paint shop stripped/pressure-washed...

And if the paint shop stripped/pressure-washed your landing gear be sure to repack your wheel bearings before moving the aircraft. Had this problem with two aircraft at two different paint shops...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 679
Posted By DHeal
I assume that you are talking about an...

I assume that you are talking about an RV-12/ROTAX 912 ULS. When I had to replace one of my EGT probes last year I went to Dynon's website (currently inop) and ordered a replacement probe (@ $30 as...
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,606
Posted By DHeal
You can also use the step-drill as a chamfer tool...

You can also use the step-drill as a chamfer tool to touch up the edge of the hole -- just use the next higher diameter on the step-drill to lightly chamfer the hole's edge. In my experience it is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 946
Posted By DHeal
Slightly bend inward the leading point of the...

Slightly bend inward the leading point of the spring so it doesn't dig into the tubing wall as the spring is rotated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By DHeal
The RV-6 I used to fly had a similar problem. ...

The RV-6 I used to fly had a similar problem. The builder replaced the sticky tape with a full-length run of Velcro. It held very well and compensated for the slightly imperfect fit and any changes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,330
Posted By DHeal
I see that you are in San Diego. Don't forget to...

I see that you are in San Diego. Don't forget to include your annual tax payment to your local governmental entities -- it can be @ 1% of the assessed valuation....and they tell you how much they...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,575
Posted By DHeal
Was your AP "off"? With the AP "on" you will...

Was your AP "off"? With the AP "on" you will feel some "vibrations/pulsations" through the control stick as the servos work to adjust the control surfaces.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,166
Posted By DHeal
Should work great but I have taken a more...

Should work great but I have taken a more minimalistic approach. One HF hydraulic wing jack stand at the appropriate tiedown point to change each main gear tire, check landing gear bolts' torque,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 954
Posted By DHeal
I installed the trim tab as received from the...

I installed the trim tab as received from the factory and the angle was dead-on perfect for torque compensation. I have not had to adjust it since installation.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,100
Posted By DHeal
This is not the proper procedure for a ROTAX 912...

This is not the proper procedure for a ROTAX 912 ULS engine. If you have drained the oil lines then you need to perform a "purge" of the oil system in accordance with the procedures specified in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2019, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By DHeal
Regarding the fuel sensor line purge: I purge it...

Regarding the fuel sensor line purge: I purge it mainly to flush out the old stale mogas w/ ethanol fuel that I regularly use. Over time, the ethanol separates from the mogas in the somewhat...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By DHeal
Usually, such issues are the result of...

Usually, such issues are the result of poor/corroded wiring connections -- wiggle and clean the associated wires/connectors. The fuel pressure sensor is located on the upper left forward side of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-28-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,356
Posted By DHeal
There is an interesting report regarding a recent...

There is an interesting report regarding a recent accident involving a Czech SportCruiser (Rotax 912 ULS) at KSMO --...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-22-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,813
Posted By DHeal
In a pinch, that white paint used to cover up...

In a pinch, that white paint used to cover up typing errors (e.g., old, thickened Sno-Pake or Liquid Paper) works well as an indicator that you have properly addressed a particular nut/bolt. I have...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 331,483
Posted By DHeal
Are you aware of these RV-12 fairings? ...

Are you aware of these RV-12 fairings? http://buyplaneparts.com/search.php?search_query=rv-12 I have no first-hand knowledge of this firm or its products.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-21-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 331,483
Posted By DHeal
See: ...

See: https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/36a/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-20-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,458
Posted By DHeal
I've used DEOXIT with apparently good results. ...

I've used DEOXIT with apparently good results. Often just sliding the contacts around creates an improved connection.

https://caig.com/deoxit-d-series/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-19-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 23,673
Posted By DHeal
I'll be following your experiment with interest. ...

I'll be following your experiment with interest. IMHO, I think that the various additives (ethanol being just one) added to auto fuel by various states may be the cause of the floats' absorption of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-19-2019, 09:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,647
Posted By DHeal
Perhaps you might want to keep the Ducati VR...

Perhaps you might want to keep the Ducati VR on-board as a spare until the S-H regulator proves itself?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By DHeal
May not apply to your situation but I have had...

May not apply to your situation but I have had very good results with using ProSeal (fuel tank sealant) to seal holes, surface junctures, and edges of the rear Lexan window on my RV-12. I followed...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-16-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,856
Posted By DHeal
Aeroshell Sport Plus 4 oil was reformulated a bit...

Aeroshell Sport Plus 4 oil was reformulated a bit about a year or two ago. At that time, Aeroshell/ROTAX said that older remaining stock could be used until the newly-reformulated oil was available....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-13-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,862
Posted By DHeal
With the newly-built tank dry of fuel and on your...

With the newly-built tank dry of fuel and on your workbench, you will never have a better time to correctly address your leaks. Remove the forward access panel* and fix the leaks from within. Like a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-08-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,767
Posted By DHeal
As Mike noted above, during the course of a...

As Mike noted above, during the course of a normal flight (RV-12 w/ 912ULS) the ammeter will likely show you "plus" and "minus" readings. Typically the "minus" readings occur at low RPM settings...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-02-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,055
Posted By DHeal
Bill -- We are talking about an RV-12 here not an...

Bill -- We are talking about an RV-12 here not an RV-7 type of aircraft. The RV-12 has a bypass/return form of fuel system with only one fuel flow sensor so the stock K Factor needs to be adjusted...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2019, 08:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,055
Posted By DHeal
As one point of reference, I have been using...

As one point of reference, I have been using 107,510 as my K-factor for the past 300+ hours. This value tracks well with my actual fuel use (912ULS) -- usually within a tenth of a gallon or so. My...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,783
Posted By DHeal
You are supposed to punch out the steel mandrel...

You are supposed to punch out the steel mandrel first, before drilling out the rivet. Get a cheap automatic center punch and grind the center pin down to a diameter that will fit the pop-rivet's...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,573
Posted By DHeal
At @ 68 degrees F outside temp my RV-12 Rotax 912...

At @ 68 degrees F outside temp my RV-12 Rotax 912 ULS engine warms up past 120 degrees OT very nicely. You are allowed to run the engine up to 2,500 rpms during the pre-120 degree OT warm-up period....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,647
Posted By DHeal
Another data point: My first "firewall-shelf...

Another data point: My first "firewall-shelf mounted with blast tube" Ducati RR failed at @ one-year-old and 133 Hobbs hours -- IMHO the failure was caused by heat, vibration, and poor internal...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,783
Posted By DHeal
"On page 6-04 step 3 it says to machine...

"On page 6-04 step 3 it says to machine countersink the four #40 holes in VS-1212-B-R & -L. However, the countersink cage diameter is too big to allow it to reach the 2 holes closest to the flange....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,784
Posted By DHeal
Its been a while since I installed my pitot line...

Its been a while since I installed my pitot line but as I recall my Serial Number 120496 kit was manufactured during the period of transition between the original Dynon 180 and the then-new Skyview. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 992
Posted By DHeal
The two-piece floor mod allows you to better...

The two-piece floor mod allows you to better inspect and lubricate the flaperon actuator mechanism and its associated rod end bearings, fixed bearings, actuation tubes, etc. In addition, you may...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,088
Posted By DHeal
Since I built my RV-12 "classic" fuel tank some...

Since I built my RV-12 "classic" fuel tank some six years ago I am afraid I can't comment on the specifics of your RV-12 iS tank. However, here are a few thoughts from my experience building my tank...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 992
Posted By DHeal
Absolutely! The two-piece rear bulkhead and rear...

Absolutely! The two-piece rear bulkhead and rear floor panel greatly facilitate your inspection of the tail cone area, its contents, and the flaperon actuator components.
Forum: Safety 03-12-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
Posted By DHeal
With regard to Flight Following, be aware that it...

With regard to Flight Following, be aware that it is imperative that you formally terminate FF with the controller (or ATCT if applicable) when you no longer require or desire FF services. If you...
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