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Forum: RV-12 11-24-2010, 06:01 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 122,425
Posted By okiejohn
Suggestions

I tightened the bolts at 25 hours and at nearly 100 hours I had 3 bolts loose.
Yes, I torqued them and i checked them at the 25 hour oil change, but not the inaccessible one. I erroneously assumed if...
Forum: RV-12 11-18-2010, 09:41 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 122,425
Posted By okiejohn
Thanks to Marty Santic for calling me and telling...

Thanks to Marty Santic for calling me and telling me my plane was grounded. I have 98.5 hrs.

Right lower somewhat loose maybe 3 ft-lbs. reinstalled with blue locktite
Right top still tight, 26...
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2010, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,773
Posted By okiejohn
100 hr inspections

Scott, thanks for your postings, and for teenflight.

I have been so happy with my RV-12 I cant stand it. I have 98.5 hours now.
The other day I got depressed, I forgot to put my garage door up the...
Forum: RV-12 10-25-2010, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,699
Posted By okiejohn
make it removable

Rudi, I saw one RV-12 that had probably had gasoline spilled on the window. It had many parallel cracks near the filler neck. I think the stress of bending the lexan makes the top layer stretched or...
Forum: RV-12 10-22-2010, 08:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,429
Posted By okiejohn
I have one now!

I have a pair of aux fuel tanks. Sometimes, when I travel, I load them up empty. When I need gas, I borrow the airport car and go fill them, fuel plane, air them out, and resume flight. My plane is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,318
Posted By okiejohn
I almost beat you...

My RV-12 was maybe 30 pounds heavier than the other ones. I weighed it with the blue vinyl still on it. I was embarrassed and peeled it off to reweigh it before flying it.

John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2010, 12:10 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 20,858
Posted By okiejohn
What to do at LOE

Hello, I am in Okla City.

Weatherford has an interesting place by the airport where you can drill holes in paper or aluminum. They are nice and have a good web site...
Forum: RV-12 08-27-2010, 07:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,853
Posted By okiejohn
Why not wax it?

I have sweat stains on mine, which come off with polish.

I wanted to wax the areas that get them, but it seems like the polished aircraft religion does not approve. I'm not religious, I just want a...
Forum: RV-12 07-30-2010, 09:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,422
Posted By okiejohn
What a show!

Look at Larry Geigers engine- His wiring is so sanitary!

Thanks to Marty for calling me about the banquet and taking me back to the dorms! The RV-12 guys are a great bunch!

We went between Tstorms...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2010, 08:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,979
Posted By okiejohn
congrats:

Congrats on your persistent systems work!

Could you tell us more about this Clark Taylor? Has he ever built anything besides bucking a RV-9?

John
Forum: RV-12 07-06-2010, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,635
Posted By okiejohn
Talking Gas Tank Holdup

I flew off my phase 1, while trying to decide what to do about my little polymer chemistry experiment in my plane. My tank was complete and leak proof 1.2 years ago when the new window S.B came out,...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2010, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,640
Posted By okiejohn
Thanks larry

Yes, my K factor is good. If I take off with 20 gallons and fly 2 hours, I might have 7.5 gallons fuel left and that agrees with the computers fuel remaining within .2 gallons or so.

I'm not saying...
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,489
Posted By okiejohn
Rotax rotation

only turn the prop forwards so it will screw into the air in front of your plane. Turning it backwards is bad for the gearbox and verboten.
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2010, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,640
Posted By okiejohn
High fuel flow/ Rich Mixture

I have been having high fuel flows on my RV-12 during the first 25 hours. They have been 6.2 gph at 5000 rpm economy cruise, and up to 8.2 gpm at takeoff climb power. To get 5.5 gph I would have to...
Forum: RV-12 06-13-2010, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,888
Posted By okiejohn
thoughts

My front #2 exhaust spring contacted the cooling shroud so I made a 1/4 dent in it where the spring contacted the shroud and glassed it, as well as adding the aluminum sticker.

A bit off topic but...
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2010, 08:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,374
Posted By okiejohn
Cross Countries

I had an odd experience yesterday. I am running 91UL with synthetic mobil 1 motorcycle oil. I went to a fly-in about 110 nm away and it was getting socked in by ceilings lower than I wanted, so I...
Forum: RV-12 05-30-2010, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,858
Posted By okiejohn
too hot

My temps have been like 203-201 with 93 degree outside air temps. Very Close.

My rightside EGT is somewhat cooler, perhaps from air blowing in, maybe by 20 degrees.

My oil pressure stays in the...
Forum: RV-12 05-24-2010, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,531
Posted By okiejohn
Dick, you did it perfectly. Just wait and see, if...

Dick, you did it perfectly. Just wait and see, if you are doing ELSA you will check for 1/4" droop on 1 side.
Forum: RV-12 05-21-2010, 06:49 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 234,233
Posted By okiejohn
thanks

I would like to thank Jim Cone, Jerry Greenburg, Marty Santic, Larry Geiger, Scott McDaniels, and everyone else on the forum and blogs. What a great community!
John
Forum: RV-12 05-05-2010, 03:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,991
Posted By okiejohn
This was bugging me too

I stretched the hose from the bottom of the crankcase to the tank in different ways, beneath of and top of the other line. I had already siliconed my muffler springs so I didn't really want to take...
Forum: RV-12 04-30-2010, 08:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,529
Posted By okiejohn
How not to:

I had a hard routing the oil return line back to the sump, so I put an adapter & clear hose on the top it and merrily spun the prop. Oil pressure came up but no joy in the clear tube. I then...
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2010, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,217
Posted By okiejohn
Thanks

It was watching your detailed photos and tips that gave me the confidence that I could build an airplane, and I'm sure I'm not alone. I sure appreciate you, and I'm sure 300 other 12 builders do...
Forum: RV-12 04-26-2010, 08:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,417
Posted By okiejohn
tank window

The T1210 tank window is some unknown plastic type.It is flexible, but it might not be UV resistant or it might be very expensive. Maybe Vans can tell us what it is made out of.

The back window is...
Forum: RV-12 04-26-2010, 04:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,417
Posted By okiejohn
Mr Funnel

I was getting ready to order a Mr Funnel today, when I noticed they have to stay level while fueling, so you almost need to fabricate an upside down saddle to hold the Mr Funnel level while it sits...
Forum: RV-12 04-20-2010, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,544
Posted By okiejohn
me too

Why doesn't the program letter come from Vans? I need one also, 2 weeks +/-

John M
Forum: RV-12 04-11-2010, 09:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,644
Posted By okiejohn
yes

I think Gus told me it was ok to grind a bit on the edge of the washer so the bolt could go together without scrateching the engine mount. You might call to make sure. Prime it! Mine was the lower...
Forum: RV-12 04-10-2010, 10:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,271
Posted By okiejohn
I think these are interesting questions that have...

I think these are interesting questions that have been lurking. I am a Sport Pilot wanting to responsibly test my 12, and meet insurance requirements and FAA Regs. It would be nice to have some (5...
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2010, 02:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,954
Posted By okiejohn
Thinking this out

I think it is a good idea to do avionics first, you hug the firewall a lot. Also, the Garmin plugs are huge so they are best put first thru the grommet.

I am a newbie builder, I was sorta waiting...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,183
Posted By okiejohn
46-09 error

I think 46-09 step 9 is in error. I tried to torque the banjo bolt M8 x 1 x 27 to 90 in. lbs and it broke the bolt way before 90 in. lbs. . So far, Vans torque specs had agreed with Rotax so I was...
Forum: RV-12 10-30-2009, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,812
Posted By okiejohn
The nutplate dash # is the screw size for #6 and...

The nutplate dash # is the screw size for #6 and #8, while #3 is for AN3 bolts. Try them with a known screw.
I primered mine (all at once) with different colors of rattle can primer, white clean...
Forum: RV-12 08-31-2009, 07:22 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 765
Posted By okiejohn
New specifications

I am almost ready to order an engine and avionics. I was excited to read the pirep on new blue.

Since I assume the pilots operating handbook and test process must come with the fwf kit, is there any...
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2009, 09:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,447
Posted By okiejohn
Request for suggestions to VANS

I really love the RV-12's engineering. I have designed some fine products too (nothing that good) but it seems like at the end I'm just tired and I dont want to fight with one more elegant solution,...
Forum: RV-12 05-23-2009, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,976
Posted By okiejohn
Inspection Panels:DAR

I assume that for airworthyness inspection, the DAR will want all panels off, including the seats and tunnel, so we should leave the fuel tank out untill after airworthyness inspection, or does the...
Forum: Primers 05-23-2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 21,421
Posted By okiejohn
Rattle cans on fiberglass

I'm building an RV-12. I self- etch primed aluminum mating surfaces, but not the exterior surfaces.

I fiberglassed my canopy and want to prime for final sanding, seeing what I have, etc., preferably...
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2009, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,695
Posted By okiejohn
sorry

I meant the weld in the side square tubing frame. I edited my post.
Forum: RV-12 05-12-2009, 08:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,695
Posted By okiejohn
canopy

Read the service bulletins, you can add 2 washers to space it out from the fuse, so it won't bind in front.

When you have the canopy on, the aft frame is held up at least 1/8" or 3/16" so make sure...
Forum: RV-12 05-08-2009, 10:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,557
Posted By okiejohn
Drilling Canopy:

I had no success with the masking tape method of measuring the tangent line of the canopy to the front bow. I ended up running black electrical tape across the bow and using a silver sharpie to make...
Forum: RV-12 05-05-2009, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,965
Posted By okiejohn
I used a wood mold

http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww84/jmasterman/IMG_flange.jpg

http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww84/jmasterman/IMG_vice.jpg

I traced the profile of the turtle deck skin, and then traced it on...
Forum: RV-12 04-29-2009, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,272
Posted By okiejohn
Chapter 35

Notes on the landing gear:

I was holding off on spar pin microswitches. I'm glad, because you must pull both ends of the plastic loom to get to the nuts that hold the U-1202 up.

I assembled the...
Forum: RV-12 04-18-2009, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By okiejohn
Chapter 32

Thanks Marty for bringing it up, both the inside and outside on the button are interference fits.

I wish Vans would put one legged nutplates on the aft bottom of F-1263 B- it is impossible for me...
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2009, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,136
Posted By okiejohn
thanks,

My bandsaw has a thin kerf, so I first used -L washers, then I went to the thick standard ones. It only takes 1/2 turn of loosening from full torque to free it up, less than a washer.
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2009, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,136
Posted By okiejohn
Page 31-13 Wiring

Some notes from my experiences with the wiring harnesses over the rudder pedals- figure out the geometry so you don't have to put the pedals in twice.

There is a 1/2" gap between the rudder pedal...
Forum: RV-12 04-05-2009, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,937
Posted By okiejohn
pictures

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Q685t4epHQTWoF2phMPgPA?feat=directlink

This is looking up. Notice how the blocks barely fit between the clamps, but the clamps interfere with sliding the shafts...
Forum: RV-12 04-05-2009, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,937
Posted By okiejohn
Marty:

In the plans, it gives exact lengths the DB 37 and 25 need to extend from the grommet. It's surprisingly long.

If you are building E/AB you can lay out the circuit board that the DB-37 connects to...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2009, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,937
Posted By okiejohn
My wiring experience

My rudder pedals had insufficient taps on the master cyl, so I had to pull them, replace the 2 master cyl, and put them back in, then pull them out again per Marty :)

Marty, I had the isolater...
Forum: RV-12 04-03-2009, 08:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,936
Posted By okiejohn
Thanks Marty

Martys blog has a link to the vertical power crimping datasheet.

The red dot has to go to the open end of the terminal.

I had thought the smaller die was to crimp the wire in the terminal, but...
Forum: RV-12 04-01-2009, 08:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,936
Posted By okiejohn
red terminals

I have had inconsistent results with the red terminals. Sometimes I can pull them off the wires. On thin wires, I double fold them, and it is still not enough.

I have a nice double crimper like the...
Forum: RV-12 03-28-2009, 02:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,076
Posted By okiejohn
Pins

The pins went in, they are still a bit tight but I didn't want to take too much off of the stub spars.

Now I'm looking for the magnets.

Should I hold off on the wiring?
Forum: RV-12 03-28-2009, 07:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,076
Posted By okiejohn
skin gap

I measured the skin gap as 0.090" on front and back top of both sides. I didn't crawl under, but it looked good. I was mostly trying to get the pins to go in.
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2009, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,076
Posted By okiejohn
Probably ok

John, I think less than 1/32 fore and aft would be ok. Top and bottom seemed ok to me. If you have a dial caliper, check the spar. The rivets closest to the top wing root were proud and snagged my...
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2009, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,076
Posted By okiejohn
Section 30- wing install

When I installed my wings, top rivets in the spars scraped and dented the F-1270 side skins. I had exactly circumscribed around the 4 holes.

You might look at the width of the spar + rivets and make...
Forum: RV-12 03-11-2009, 10:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,545
Posted By okiejohn
on the other hand..

I think it was nice that they made the panel 3 piece. I was frustrated by the riveted on center section, untill I realized that a bigger GPS wouldn't fit there anyway.

I think Vans doesn't want us...
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,132
Posted By okiejohn
rear window

I don't know if this will help, but I found tying a big knot in masons braided nylon twine and running it through the window and then the turtle deck skin hole let me pull it up and out flush so I...
Forum: RV-12 03-05-2009, 09:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,515
Posted By okiejohn
Engine pricing

I checked with a Rotax retailer today. He said his list prices were $21000 when 1.55 Euro/$, last month $18,400 with 1.35 Euro/$. With the current panic, it is 1.25 Euros/$ . Will it keep going...
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2009, 06:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 971
Posted By okiejohn
section / fuse various

Paul, some ideas:

Section 23- Trial fitting/ cleco longerons-
I think it is a good idea to get the F1202B panel base from section 29 and see how it fits in front of the L & R F1234. Otherwise, you...
Forum: RV-12 02-23-2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,719
Posted By okiejohn
time so far

Scott,
I spent 129 hrs on tail including tailcone.
While I was repeatedly installing and removing tailcone/ stab/ rudder, I thought it was nice for Vans to give us a taste of fiberglass frustration...
Forum: RV-12 02-18-2009, 09:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,779
Posted By okiejohn
Zenith Accidents

I have heard the wings folding on the CH601 has been traced to aerodynamic flutter. It seems people didn't tension the control cables to the ailerons properly, and the loose control surfaces went...
Forum: RV-12 02-17-2009, 08:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,921
Posted By okiejohn
Sticky! Sticky! Sticky!

I sure wish these chapter hints could all be together with a sticky! They are getting buried on old posts and are too valuable to get buried. Thanks to Joe and Marty and Jim and Jerry and everyone...
Forum: RV-12 02-16-2009, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,692
Posted By okiejohn
Thanks guys!

I think the F1205 Mid fuse brace keeps the width the same for all our fuses, so I didn't worry about that.

I did it right, used #40 clecos followed by gradual match drilling and replacing with #30...
Forum: RV-12 02-14-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,692
Posted By okiejohn
section 24

Everything has gone together so beautifully I dont even worry about it. When I got the Roll bar assembly ready to slide on to the F1231D roll bar base, it was about 5/16" too narrow. I drilled out...
Forum: RV-12 02-13-2009, 09:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 642
Posted By okiejohn
I did it too! I felt like I was being laughed at!

It seems like there is some extra hinge, so we will probably be ok. Note that the 18" hinge pieces are different.

The Fuel lines measurements are not too short, if you are a factory making perfect...
Forum: RV-12 01-22-2009, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 877
Posted By okiejohn
Save on ABF shipping

This is not RV-12 specific, but I'm an RV-12 kind of guy.

In my business I get a few boxes from ABF (plotters) and when my Wing and Tail came, they told me I would save if I had a shipper number. So...
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