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Forum: RV-12 10-13-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By magiccarpet
Thanks a lot everyone. I will look into the...

Thanks a lot everyone. I will look into the rivnut idea or simply using a rivet.


Tell me next time when you travel to Switzerland. I would very much like to give you a ride by airplane.
Forum: RV-12 10-13-2018, 01:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By magiccarpet
How to install the headset strap?

This might be a very trivial question but I am wondering how I can install the headset straps from Flightline Interior so that they last long time and that the self tapping screw does not wear out...
Forum: RV-12 09-21-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,491
Posted By magiccarpet
My clearance is 5/16" which to me seems just...

My clearance is 5/16" which to me seems just right and nice when comparing to other aircrafts. I aimed for a larger gap than stated in the KAI. I also installed the engine first prior cutting the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,620
Posted By magiccarpet
What lubricant is the one of choice for the rod...

What lubricant is the one of choice for the rod end bearings?
Forum: RV-12 08-14-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,002
Posted By magiccarpet
Catto 3 blades prop

I would love to read reports about Catto's 3 blade prop for the RV-12 in comparison to the standard Sensenich prop.
https://www.cattoprops.com/rv-12-3-blade-propeller-pitot-spinner-kit/

would it be...
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2018, 05:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,194
Posted By magiccarpet
Fat boy

I had mine on the scale yesterday. 780 pounds Basic empty weight. I targeted max. 770.
I have leather seats, 2 axis A/P, interior painting, all carpets, some analog instruments required by national...
Forum: International 08-04-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By magiccarpet
ACS Europe

Hi Malte
Occasionally I order aviation stuff from Aircraft Spruce Europe. They are based in Bremgarten, Germany and feature pretty much everything like ACS in the US.
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,444
Posted By magiccarpet
Flying with or without wing tie down rings

A quick question to all flying RV-12 drivers. Do you fly with the wing tie down rings attached, or do you always remove them before flying?
What is best practice here?
Thanks a lot
Chris
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 775
Posted By magiccarpet
Control surface deflection limits / reports

Hi all
For our national regulatory acceptance proceudre I need to indicate nominal values and tolerances of the control surfaces of the RV-12. To my surprise I can't find any indication neither in...
Forum: RV-12 04-29-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,141
Posted By magiccarpet
Digital protactor from FP propeller

I just bought this one from FP propeller and used it for the intial pitch setting on my -12. That digital protractor makes a good impression. It is handy, has a magnetic rail and features a...
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,481
Posted By magiccarpet
My words :D

My words :D
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,300
Posted By magiccarpet
Protecting the rear window

Hi all.
I am considering to protect my rear window to prevent from fuel spill entering micro cracks in the lexan window what eventually will cause crazing. I am thinking about a UV and fuel resistant...
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 01:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,063
Posted By magiccarpet
Thanks Joeri. I checked out the audio cable....

Thanks Joeri. I checked out the audio cable. Seems to be a nice thing. The audio in your vid is pretty clear and I like the idea of the suction cap on the rear window. I haven't considered the window...
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 12:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,063
Posted By magiccarpet
Rollbar mounted action cam.

Hi all

I am currently evaluating a suitable solution for an action cam mount in my -12. I favor to install the mount on the right side of the rollbar somehow.
I don't want to drill any holes for the...
Forum: RV-14 01-29-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 944
Posted By magiccarpet
I think it's personal preference. I painted the...

I think it's personal preference. I painted the rollbar with the same color of the interior mainly because it was easier and more comfortable to paint all interior parts at the same stage of the...
Forum: RV-12 01-16-2018, 11:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,119
Posted By magiccarpet
Hi Rob Thank you for clarification. This helps :)

Hi Rob
Thank you for clarification. This helps :)
Forum: RV-12 01-16-2018, 04:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,119
Posted By magiccarpet
seat pan

What part do you mean with the "sloping seat pan" ?
Forum: RV-12 01-15-2018, 01:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,094
Posted By magiccarpet
Thumbs up Congratulations :) nice job. I am about 6 month...

Congratulations :) nice job.
I am about 6 month away form first flight, so all success stories about maiden flights get my full attention.
Would love to join you at an experimental fly-in in the UK...
Forum: RV-12 11-21-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,429
Posted By magiccarpet
Fantastic video

That's a fantastic video. Thanks a lot for sharing.
It's also an injection of motivation for me to get my project done. The last 5% of the build are somehow ...uuuhmmm hard :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-12 10-20-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,635
Posted By magiccarpet
Tailcone fairing clearance issue

I am facing a clearance issue between the stabilator skin and the empennage fairing mounting screw. The issue is on both side, so the fairing is centered well.
Apart to this the fairing fits nicely....
Forum: RV-12 09-13-2017, 11:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,297
Posted By magiccarpet
Get the SH regulator for less

Simply order the VR directly from the manufacturer. According to their web site they ask
165.- (excl. tax) for it
https://www.silent-hektik.de/UL_R_912.htm
Forum: RV-14 09-03-2017, 04:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,454
Posted By magiccarpet
Me as a first time builder I read these books and...

Me as a first time builder I read these books and found them really helpful to get started....
Forum: RV-12 08-12-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,252
Posted By magiccarpet
Power supply and VR

Apart from the cool factor. Keep in mind that the electrical power supply of the internal alternator of the ULS is not far from its limit with all options. So adding a second LL will not help much to...
Forum: RV-12 07-25-2017, 06:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By magiccarpet
I am more concerned about the heat. For vibration...

I am more concerned about the heat. For vibration I think 1/2" around the pipe is more than enough.
Forum: RV-12 07-25-2017, 01:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By magiccarpet
Clearance of exhaust pipe in lower cowl

I have noticed that I need to make the cutout for the exhaust pipe in the lower cowl a bit larger. I am unsure what minimum clearance shall be achieved around the pipe to prevent damage from heat. I...
Forum: RV-12 05-27-2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,244
Posted By magiccarpet
I had something between 160 and 200 hours...

I had something between 160 and 200 hours including priming the ribs, complying with the SB on bottom skin, wiring and light Installation plus manufacturing a simple wooden caddy wehre the wings sit...
Forum: RV-12 05-22-2017, 11:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,780
Posted By magiccarpet
Thanks a lot for all of your thoughts. That...

Thanks a lot for all of your thoughts. That confirms me that I am on track and that I haven't done a mistake in installing that cable.
Eventually I will install the comb with a slightly larger radius...
Forum: RV-12 05-21-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,780
Posted By magiccarpet
Too much friction with friction comb

I just installed the heater door cable and noticed, that I have way too much friction when inserting the F-120002 friction comb part.
Opening and closing the door works very well without that part...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2017, 06:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 914
Posted By magiccarpet
Pitot tube routing

Hi all
I would love to see some images of your pitot tube routing over the engine. According to the assembly instructions to me it seems that the tube is routed pretty close to the cylinders fins (no...
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,662
Posted By magiccarpet
That's what Van's says

Thanks a lot for your inputs on that. Interesting thought about potential vapor locks. I also wonder what Synergy does in their serial production.
Anyhow, here's the answer from mothership to my...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,662
Posted By magiccarpet
Shroud or no shroud

My engine kit was delivered with the FF-1207 cooling shroud. Then in the meanwhile Van's got rid of it in their revised section 46. So I have the option wheter to install it or not.
If it does not...
Forum: COMM 03-09-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,321
Posted By magiccarpet
Problem solved

Hi Paul
Now I feel like an idi...:eek:
I didn't know that there is a config. mode which is entered by holding the ENT key during boot. I only had the pilot's manual of the radio before and not the...
Forum: COMM 03-07-2017, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,321
Posted By magiccarpet
First issue solved

Thanks a lot for your input Paul.
I could resolve the first issue with the permanent static RX noise of the radio. In order to preserve battery while fiddling around with SV, I hooked up a switched...
Forum: COMM 03-06-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,321
Posted By magiccarpet
GTR225A issues

Hi all

I have read a lot of posts how to tackle down comm. noise problems but I couldn't resolve my issues so far.
First issue I have on my GTR225A is that I have a constant static noise, however I...
Forum: RV-12 02-27-2017, 05:36 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 401,064
Posted By magiccarpet
Those caps look great! I wonder if they add a...

Those caps look great! I wonder if they add a tiny bit of drag compared to when leaving the tubes open?
Forum: RV-12 02-02-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,942
Posted By magiccarpet
Thank you very much Tony for your comment and...

Thank you very much Tony for your comment and confirmation on this
Forum: RV-12 02-02-2017, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,942
Posted By magiccarpet
F696 A/P data line

I have a question about wire F696. That's the A/P data line on Pin 8 of the Molex connector. On the Dynon roll servo the respective pin 8 is not connected. I double checked the wiring instructions....
Forum: RV-12 01-24-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,935
Posted By magiccarpet
sidewise

If I was doing it again I too would put the fuse on its side. It was quite a painful experience for my back.
Forum: RV-12 01-21-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,718
Posted By magiccarpet
Ext. Alt. Rotax

I am wondering if that cowling would host the external alternator of the 912. If so, then it might be worth to have a closer look.
Forum: RV-12 01-12-2017, 10:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,812
Posted By magiccarpet
Practical experience gained by a mentor

+1 for having a helper. I had very little experience in fiberglass work before I did the layup. A friend which is highly skilled in this field came over and we did it together. Reading, understanding...
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-20-2016, 06:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 700
Posted By magiccarpet
ROTAX Classes

Hi all
I might go to FL. next year and thought about taking advantage of Rotax maintenance / service classes if available. So my question here is if anybody could recommend me a company or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2016, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,868
Posted By magiccarpet
more hours than expected

I basically log every hour I spend in my shop except when sweeping the floor or doing other shop maintenance work.
Logged hours also include studying the assembly manuals, re-doing build steps and...
Forum: RV-12 11-14-2016, 05:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,427
Posted By magiccarpet
CTEK charger

Same stage here. I received my Odyssey battery some weeks ago, but I am still 1 year+ before flying.
I was recently talking to a local Odyssey battery representative regarding chargers and was...
Forum: RV-12 11-07-2016, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,039
Posted By magiccarpet
masking holes with electrical tape

That's what I did.
It took quite some time, but I like the result, after I have discovered how messy tank sealant can be.
Basically it sticks to anywhere but where it actually should...
Forum: RV-12 09-27-2016, 07:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 764
Posted By magiccarpet
F-1275G Cover Plates question

Page 35-06 step 3 requires to rivet the two small cover plates F-1275G to the fuselage skins.
I hesitate to do that step, because I think it would be much easier, if those cover plates could be...
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2016, 12:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,752
Posted By magiccarpet
Main gear legs fairing. Is it worth to add any?

Does anybody have first hand experience with the main gear leg fairings advertised by knots2u

http://www.knots2u.net/rv-12-main-gear-fairings-set-of-4-rv-12-80a

In my opinion, they would contribute...
Forum: RV-12 09-16-2016, 06:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,754
Posted By magiccarpet
Priming landing gear legs question

My main landing gear legs look kind of sand blasted.
What surface preparation is recommended before I shoot 2k epoxy primer on them?
Thanks for your input on that
Forum: RV-12 09-01-2016, 01:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,448
Posted By magiccarpet
Painting fuel tank?

I have a nicely painted interior and now debating whether I shall paint the fuel tank (except bottom skin) or not.
If I paint it, it would much better integrate in terms of the look, in case I opt...
Forum: RV-12 08-29-2016, 12:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,124
Posted By magiccarpet
Congratulations !! I regularly consult your...

Congratulations !!

I regularly consult your excellent blog for my -12 build. All the best for phase 1.
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2016, 11:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,271
Posted By magiccarpet
Where will condensated water escape when you...

Where will condensated water escape when you close the tooling holes? Just a thought.
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-13-2016, 05:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,688
Posted By magiccarpet
Talking Hi Eric You will like every minute of your...

Hi Eric
You will like every minute of your building and assembling journey. It is a real pleasure to build a -12.
Forum: RV-12 08-09-2016, 11:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,308
Posted By magiccarpet
Just wondering why the Van's pedal extensions are...

Just wondering why the Van's pedal extensions are so pricy.
Would a back pillow and an additional piano hinge for the back rest compensate as well?
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-09-2016, 11:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,506
Posted By magiccarpet
Thumbs up Nice picture Bruce. I feel honored to have flown...

Nice picture Bruce. I feel honored to have flown your Hula Girl :D
Great plane.
Forum: RV-12 06-13-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,169
Posted By magiccarpet
Problem solved

After painting the detent bracket assembly, the MS20392 pin of the fork assembly didn't go anymore fully into the notches of the F-1266A.
I didn't noticed that first and blamed the shortened spring...
Forum: RV-12 06-09-2016, 01:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,169
Posted By magiccarpet
No I haven't talked to Van's customer service,...

No I haven't talked to Van's customer service, since it's only a minor issue for me. I doubled checked the dimensions of the tube and it appears ok.
(If the spring was originally too short, that...
Forum: RV-12 06-09-2016, 01:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,169
Posted By magiccarpet
Modify flap handle spring results in too short actuator tube?

In Van's Notification 15-10-01 the flap actuator force can be reduced by trimming the VA-114 spring by 0.5".
When I cut F-1260A to length of 10 13/16" as described in Section 32, I didn't remember...
Forum: RV-12 06-05-2016, 11:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,455
Posted By magiccarpet
used the dies

I used a fairly large mechanical press to open up the angle, then I used the Buller longeron dies and ended up in two nicely bent longerons at the same day.
I am glad to have gone that route.
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,457
Posted By magiccarpet
risking overtorque?

I am wondering if there is a chance of exceeding the torque limit, if you apply lube on the bolts before assembling?
Forum: RV-12 05-22-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,778
Posted By magiccarpet
I just finished to install the wiring harness. I...

I just finished to install the wiring harness. I had to slit some of the bushings because the BNC connectors (COM, ADS-B) won't go through.
Generally I did not have any difficulties to run the...
Forum: RV-12 05-18-2016, 11:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,615
Posted By magiccarpet
Isolating jack from ground?

Hi all
I am about to install the auxiliary audio output jack as described in KAI 31B-17.
I am not sure whether I shall isolate the ground body of the jack from the seat panel (as we did for the...
Forum: RV-12 05-12-2016, 02:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,006
Posted By magiccarpet
Super light stick grip

Here is a stick grip solution for all who are happy with only a PTT switch, like me. It is very cheap and ultra light, yet stylish and makes servicing the cheapo PTT easy.
- Grip: PROCRAFT foam...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-04-2016, 03:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,568
Posted By magiccarpet
Yes indeed, those pics. are simply awesome and...

Yes indeed, those pics. are simply awesome and stunning. I hope we'll have some nice flying weather. Looking forward. :D
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