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Forum: ADS-B 10-25-2016, 02:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,098
Posted By RGaines
Navworx ADSB proposed AD

The FAA has proposed an AD requiring removal of their ADSB units from the aircraft :

http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/FAA-Proposes-NavWorx-AD-227170-1.html

From what I have been able to tell...
Forum: RV-12 10-20-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,755
Posted By RGaines
Soaring

I have used the 12 wing as a lift device on a few occasions. Taking off on a high density altitude day from an high mountain airport and not being at an altitude to get over the ridge, I have...
Forum: RV-12 09-26-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,269
Posted By RGaines
Trip to OSH

I flew from the San Francisco bay area to OSH via Olympia Washington to pick up a friend. No problem with the Rockies. Just plan ahead Having real time weather on board really helps. A very...
Forum: RV-12 07-03-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,761
Posted By RGaines
Canopy gas strut attachment

The attach point of the gas strut to the longeron is loose. It is the F-1202y and there is a K1000-4 nut plate behind it. One part of the nutplate is cracked, and when the canopy is all the way...
Forum: RV-12 04-15-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,780
Posted By RGaines
Hose Replacement

I thought I remembered the 10 year replacement on Van's airframe hoses but now i can't find the reference. Which hoses are in the 10 year Van's replacement list and where in the maintenance manual...
Forum: RV-12 02-21-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,370
Posted By RGaines
Tail cone

We were early builders (120002). Put a cleco in every hole and things moved nicely into place. No shims. I have not noticed oil canning. Have 600 hrs on it so far. An amazing, very capable...
Forum: RV-12 02-03-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 60,841
Posted By RGaines
New location

Is there a set of instruction to do the retrofit (move from old location to new)?

Rich
Forum: RV-12 12-29-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 20,947
Posted By RGaines
Oil pressure

We have had 2 Honeywell senders fail. First one at 35 hrs and the second at 50. Got the Lockwood kit with VDO remote firewall mount. We are coming up on 600hrs now with no problem.

Rich
120002
Forum: RV-12 11-25-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,627
Posted By RGaines
Maintenance manual

This may be a little off topic. It it better to have the newest version of the Maintenance Manual or the Manual that was current when our aircraft was built? I have an early build and there have...
Forum: RV-12 11-12-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,239
Posted By RGaines
Hoses

I recall reading that the hoses are not Rotax hoses but ones fabricated by Van's and are not affected by the 5 year replacement. I don't know where I read it and I hope I am not making it up.

Rich
Forum: RV-12 09-21-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 23,563
Posted By RGaines
Regulator location

I have had to replace one. The local guru says it is in a bad spot because they are sensitive to heat. I am an early builder (#2) and would like to move it except for the harness. Is Vans saying...
Forum: RV-12 08-29-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,701
Posted By RGaines
Jacking points

I use the tie down points. Use one bolt on each side with the jack. For some of the SBs we have had there are points in the maintenance manual on the fuselage where a saw horse can be used to raise...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,500
Posted By RGaines
Spring failure

I recently (not intentionally) found out what happens when the spring brakes on one carb. This is 912 engine (not ULS) in a Murphy biplane (not RV12). I started a take off roll but the engine was...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,648
Posted By RGaines
Regulator

Our local rotax guy had commented several times on the location of the regulator/rectifier. He prefers that they be in the cabin under the panel because they are very heat sensitive. We have...
Forum: RV-12 07-27-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,427
Posted By RGaines
Moeller location

A bit off topic. Since the Moeller gauge is used primarily for fueling, we mounted our gauge further back toward the rear of the tank. When it reads full the tank is full! It is fairly accurate...
Forum: RV-12 03-28-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,135
Posted By RGaines
Oil cooler

I moved the oil cooler forward an inch on the previous condition inspection (1 1/2 years ago). It helped a lot. Probably solved about 90% of the hot oil problem. During hot weather we can still...
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,216
Posted By RGaines
Starter fuse

I did have one blown fuse on the starter. It happened early on but none since. It has 530 hrs.
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,152
Posted By RGaines
Rotax specialist

We have a great one at Gnoss Field (Novato). His name is Bill Sherlock and is a recent transplant from the UK where he worked on Rotax engines since they were first introduced. He is licensed and...
Forum: RV-12 10-03-2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,573
Posted By RGaines
cooling

If you have not fixed its position yet, change it so that you can get 1" at least. I had about a 1/3rd of an inch and lots of hot oil readings. I moved it about 1 inch forward and solved all of...
Forum: RV-12 08-28-2013, 11:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,409
Posted By RGaines
Updates

Given the horror stories, is Dynon going to put together an update that has fewer consequences? I would like to update because it will solve an annoyance but it sounds like trading an annoyance for...
Forum: RV-12 08-22-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,478
Posted By RGaines
Vibration

I had the same problem and could not fix it. Eventually I put on a 3 blade prop and that stopped it. When I talked to Dynon about it they said it was probably coming from the D180 and vibration. ...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2013, 10:50 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,409
Posted By RGaines
D180 software update?

Has Van's posted the locked settings that we will need to be able to upgrade the AP 74 auto pilot? I have been following it but I did I miss it?

Richard
Forum: RV-12 07-26-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,145
Posted By RGaines
Glare shield

We have installed one on our -12. Painted flat black. It works well. Flying it shows no glare or reflections in the canopy.
Very nice product.

Richard
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Forum: RV-12 07-09-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,799
Posted By RGaines
Auto pilot

Are these settings the same for the D-180? If not does anybody have the D-180 settings?

Richard
Forum: RV-12 07-01-2013, 08:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,145
Posted By RGaines
Looks good

What is the source of the glare shield?

Richard
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2013, 10:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,154
Posted By RGaines
Oil cooler

We also did the mod at last condition inspection (December) and it has worked well. We have enough space between the cooler and muffler that I can get my hand easily in that space. It has worked...
Forum: RV-12 04-22-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,755
Posted By RGaines
Stiffener

I have not seen the firewall stiffener kit notice. Anyone have a reference?
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,883
Posted By RGaines
Milestones

Congratulations. RV12-# 0002 is at 433. Great airplane.

Richard
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,231
Posted By RGaines
Prop adjustment

The prop adjustment is very sensitive. Without a digital protractor or some very sensitive way of adjusting, it is very easy to have one blade differ from the other by .1 or .2. I have finally got...
Forum: RV-12 01-09-2013, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,360
Posted By RGaines
Rivet removal

I had not tried the 1/16 punch on the mandrels as called out in the SB. It is really about the easiest of all the things I have tried. We are building another airplane with stainless steel...
Forum: RV-12 12-30-2012, 04:50 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 62,578
Posted By RGaines
Service Bulletin

Finally got it done. Van's has done a incredible job with this. The speed of response, detailed instructions and free parts. You won't find that any place but here. Anybody tried dealing with...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,297
Posted By RGaines
Heater temp

Thanks. That helps a lot. I am just finishing the Service Bulletin and doing a condition inspection at the same time. We are including a number of mods at the same time. Moeller fuel gauge,...
Forum: RV-12 12-23-2012, 05:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,297
Posted By RGaines
Heater temp

I take it that the baffle is for the oil cooler adjustments. Is there something that would make the cabin heater work better? I just get fast moving air that is not very warm.

Richard
Forum: RV-12 07-04-2012, 08:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,038
Posted By RGaines
Tail damage

I had tail damage from the type of wind you questioned. On my way to Oshkosh, while tied down in South Dakota, an storm that was not in the forecast came up. Up to 70kts of wind and about 10" rain...
Forum: RV-12 06-30-2012, 10:52 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 23,593
Posted By RGaines
Prop Balancing

I have been wondering about dynamic prop balancing. With the geared engine and the prop turning at different speeds in seems that the relative position of the engine parts and the prop would be...
Forum: RV-12 06-16-2012, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,899
Posted By RGaines
Cracks

We found the same cracks in the nose wheel cover mounting brackets. On both sides and we put doublers on that bracket. The aircraft had 350 hrs on it.

Rich
Forum: RV-12 02-09-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,277
Posted By RGaines
Static

That was it. Many thanks.

Richard
Forum: RV-12 02-09-2012, 10:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,277
Posted By RGaines
WOT and climb power

I know this has been discussed before and I have looked for it but could not find it. Scott posted what he thought was best and what the factory airplane is set for. Somebody must have better...
Forum: RV-12 01-06-2012, 09:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,613
Posted By RGaines
Tires

Thanks for the feedback. We are at 336 hrs and reversing the tires for the first time.
Forum: RV-12 01-05-2012, 09:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,613
Posted By RGaines
Tire wear

I remember a thread about tire wear but can't find it. Doing a condition inspection and tires are worn on the outside. Is this normal or is the tire tracking wrong?
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2010, 07:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,962
Posted By RGaines
Tall pilots

I have 3 partners. The tall one is 6'2" and flies with the seat in the forward position as so I (5'8"). My daughter is 5'2" and has trouble. We put in forward hinge positions and she uses a...
Forum: RV-12 09-27-2010, 04:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,996
Posted By RGaines
Instability

I do have the appropriate intensity and inclination in the system. I had shut off all of the radios so I didn't notice that they were still on. I didn't want to have surges in the system. Not...
Forum: RV-12 09-26-2010, 05:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,996
Posted By RGaines
Instability

A bit more testing of the Dynon horizon and ball instability. Since it only happens between 4600 to 4850 rpm I was flying at 4800 rpm and it was wobbling away. A mechanic had suggested pulling the...
Forum: RV-12 09-05-2010, 10:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,996
Posted By RGaines
Dynon instability

Still having some instability with the D-180 horizon and the ball. They jump around but only below 4900 rpm. At 5000 and above they are very stable. That must have something to do with the power...
Forum: RV-12 08-19-2010, 12:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,580
Posted By RGaines
Protractor

I made one using the suggest materials and it works great. The blades are within 0.1 degrees.

I went to the talk that Phil Lockwood have at OSH. We attended and lots of good information. The...
Forum: RV-12 08-13-2010, 08:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,996
Posted By RGaines
Dynon

My dealings with Dynon have been nothing but great!! I had some instability in the D180 and called tech support. They said that they need to fix the unit so send it in. I said I was leaving for...
Forum: RV-12 08-11-2010, 09:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,333
Posted By RGaines
Glare

I have not had visibility problems with the Dynon at all. I do have some problems with the Garmin. I get glare from anything white in the cockpit depending on sun angle. Probably the most...
Forum: RV-12 08-11-2010, 09:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,962
Posted By RGaines
Speed

I got 154 kts briefly going to Oshkosh. That whole day was a pretty big push. i don't know for sure about "mile line" but I think it refers to land layout in the midwest. A section of farm land is...
Forum: RV-12 08-04-2010, 07:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,826
Posted By RGaines
Bullet ball

I had the same experience as Larry. CPS said it was the Dynon being too sensitive. I tried grounding and nothing changed. CPS was really wrong. At the second failure of the expensive oil pressure...
Forum: RV-12 08-04-2010, 07:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,303
Posted By RGaines
Rudder Lock

Tony,

Very nice idea. Simple and I bet will work. I will get parts tomorrow.

Rich
Forum: RV-12 08-04-2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,303
Posted By RGaines
Back from Osh

Just got home. I left from Novato, CA (KDVO), picked up a friend in Olympia, WA, and landed at Appleton (along with 350 other airplanes on the Sunday before OSH). Round trip 4,000 miles. The 12 is...
Forum: RV-12 06-27-2010, 08:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,695
Posted By RGaines
Oil Temps

We are also seeing high temps as it warms up in California. Cruising is not too bad but climbing is. It is difficult to climb to higher than 3500 or 4000 without getting uncomfortably in the yellow...
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,618
Posted By RGaines
Latch

Had the same solution as Marty. I am now wondering about a canopy "lock". This has come up before but with no particular solutions. I have been using a canopy cover as security but I would love...
Forum: RV-12 06-15-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,208
Posted By RGaines
Mogas

Anticipating the trip from the west coast to OSH this summer. Airnav.com has a feature that allows you to put in departure and arrival points and then you can ask for Mogas or 100ll or jet fuel. The...
Forum: RV-12 06-14-2010, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,213
Posted By RGaines
Shade

Had one in the -6 and installed one in the -12 before flying it. Shade is in short supply in the -12 canopy and I don't think people would last very long without having one of these. Easy to...
Forum: RV-12 05-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,846
Posted By RGaines
Oshkosh

I will be there. I am concerned about the amount of ground run time required to depart Oshkosh. I have done it before and spent a lot of time at idle and shut down waiting. The -12 doesn't seem...
Forum: RV-12 05-25-2010, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By RGaines
Moving the trim

Dick,

That is correct. The wing skin then pressed on the angled portion of the trim rather than on the thicker portion. It doesn't look much different (there is still a black line between the wing...
Forum: RV-12 05-24-2010, 10:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By RGaines
wing trim

I had the same problem. I repositioned the trim piece inward so that less of the black trim shows above the wing. It basically occupies less space that way and it still does the job it is supposed...
Forum: RV-12 05-20-2010, 05:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,334
Posted By RGaines
Canopy protector

Our -12 is flying and we fill the tank from a barrel with a hand pump and hose. So far so good. Very little chance of a problem this way because nothing splashes or pours.

I am now wondering...
Forum: RV-12 05-09-2010, 09:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,275
Posted By RGaines
installation

We have installed the mains and are starting the nose wheel pants. The instructions are very good and it is just like everything else in the kit. Read and follow the instructions and it work. The...
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2010, 09:35 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 102,769
Posted By RGaines
Progress

Scott,

What a wonderful program and opportunity for these kids. Are the kids going to be able to learn to fly in it? What is the future plan for the finished -12? You are providing an experience...
Forum: RV-12 04-26-2010, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,231
Posted By RGaines
Trip

What EGT's are you seeing at 5200 and 5300?
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