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Forum: RV-12 Yesterday, 10:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 398
Posted By RFSchaller
This seems odd to me because my experience with...

This seems odd to me because my experience with high fuel flow is always accompanied by low fuel pressure and quickly remedied by turning on my electric pump (I rewired my electric pump to the...
Forum: RV-12 08-10-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 964
Posted By RFSchaller
Unless they really stick up Iíd leave them alone....

Unless they really stick up Iíd leave them alone. If they are really bad you may want to talk to the rivet manufacturer and see if it compromises their strength. A nice coat of paint hides a lot of...
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 964
Posted By RFSchaller
The only issue I found with nosepiece hole...

The only issue I found with nosepiece hole diameter was when I got lazy and used a 3/16Ē nosepiece on a 1/8Ē rivet. That caused the head to extrude into he nosepiece. I learned what the Ghost Busters...
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,415
Posted By RFSchaller
Pretty much sums it up! 😁👍

Pretty much sums it up! 😁👍
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 11:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 866
Posted By RFSchaller
Driftdown, I have not had much luck posting...

Driftdown,

I have not had much luck posting pics. Send me your email on a PM and Iíll send you the pics.

Rich
Forum: RV-12 08-07-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 964
Posted By RFSchaller
Mine were flattened a little by my HF riveter....

Mine were flattened a little by my HF riveter. After 765 HRs and 6 1/2 years no rivet issues.
Forum: RV-12 08-07-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 866
Posted By RFSchaller
I added a VOR/ILS by hanging a small sub panel on...

I added a VOR/ILS by hanging a small sub panel on the main instrument panel centerline underneath the instrument panel, so if you are worried about panel space you do have an option to expand it.
Forum: RV-12 08-06-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,415
Posted By RFSchaller
When I was in Navy intel we used to talk about...

When I was in Navy intel we used to talk about ELINT, HUMINT, SIGINT and lacking that RUMINT!😜
Forum: RV-12 08-03-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,380
Posted By RFSchaller
The prop issue has some authoritative discussion...

The prop issue has some authoritative discussion from the manufacturer and an SB, while the tie down ring issue is open to discussion without conclusive evidence. That probably lends itself to more...
Forum: Tools 08-01-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,224
Posted By RFSchaller
I bought two Harbor Freight guns. That way when...

I bought two Harbor Freight guns. That way when one started malfunctioning I just swapped guns, and then fixed the bad one later so I always had one in standby. My friend only bought one and has good...
Forum: RV-12 07-31-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,380
Posted By RFSchaller
Doug, The older fiberglass epoxies lost strength...

Doug,

The older fiberglass epoxies lost strength if overheated. The critical temp was called glass transition temperature, and 30 years ago people tried to avoid painting dark colors on the...
Forum: RV-12 07-31-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,381
Posted By RFSchaller
Are you sure the surface of the metal contacting...

Are you sure the surface of the metal contacting the O ring is free of debris and damage? A gouge in the metal might cause a leak.

I remember somewhere in my past where we had a new O-ring in an air...
Forum: RV-12 07-31-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,380
Posted By RFSchaller
I see many that are concerned about corrosion...

I see many that are concerned about corrosion live in some humid and wet environments. Out here in Phoenix with a hangar I havenít seen any corrosion issues on my Cherokee (29 years here) or my RV-12...
Forum: RV-12 07-30-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,605
Posted By RFSchaller
I bought thread compound at Auto Zone. 6 1/2...

I bought thread compound at Auto Zone. 6 1/2 years and no leaks.
Forum: RV-12 07-30-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,380
Posted By RFSchaller
Would that include all bolts in the airplane?😜

Would that include all bolts in the airplane?😜
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 916
Posted By RFSchaller
You can usually find one that will fit at Harbor...

You can usually find one that will fit at Harbor Freight or Home Depot.
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,380
Posted By RFSchaller
I only remove mine at annual when I install hex...

I only remove mine at annual when I install hex head bolts as jack points to jack up one wing at a time for wheel and brake maintenance. I bought a tall hydraulic jack from Nortern Hydraulics and...
Forum: RV-12 07-26-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 689
Posted By RFSchaller
I have the D180 &D100 combo. I added a second...

I have the D180 &D100 combo. I added a second comm, ADS-B In/Out and a VOR/ILS 3LMB in addition to the standard XPDR and comm. With everything on I draw about 8.5 amps. Never have had any issues.
Forum: RV-12 07-24-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,586
Posted By RFSchaller
Thatís a gorgeous panel! Good work!

Thatís a gorgeous panel! Good work!
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 955
Posted By RFSchaller
Is this a change? I donít remember this issue...

Is this a change? I donít remember this issue when I was building in 2011.
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
I think the bottom line is that it can be a pain,...

I think the bottom line is that it can be a pain, but it can be done. I just hate to disturb the sweet spot I found 4 years ago!
Forum: RV-12 07-16-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,589
Posted By RFSchaller
I used a bending tool I got at the OSH Flymarket...

I used a bending tool I got at the OSH Flymarket that prevents ovalization. It has a a series of grooves for each tube OD and a lever that when pulled down forces the tube around the hub trapped...
Forum: RV-12 07-16-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
Joe, thatís a scary crack. Did you discover it...

Joe, thatís a scary crack. Did you discover it without removing the forward spinner bulkhead? It looks like it would be visible at the edge with the bulkhead in place. Was yours one of the 3 Jabiru...
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
That and a thorough check of the metallurgy.

That and a thorough check of the metallurgy.
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,289
Posted By RFSchaller
About 4 months ago I posted that I increased my...

About 4 months ago I posted that I increased my idle screws to 2 turns open as suggested by a U.K. blog to try to eliminate roughness at flight idle. After about 70 Hours I can report it made no...
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
Dave, Please post the results from Sensenich on...

Dave,

Please post the results from Sensenich on the questionable crack indications. I would be very interested to know if they turn out to be tooling marks.

Thanks,

Rich
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2018, 02:03 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
I did my inspection today at 761 HRs. No cracks,...

I did my inspection today at 761 HRs. No cracks, but I see what people mean when they say it is difficult to inspect with the forward bulkhead installed. With a really bright flashlight I was able to...
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
Sounds like replacement of the hub is the prudent...

Sounds like replacement of the hub is the prudent path.
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
With this type of failure is it feasible that the...

With this type of failure is it feasible that the blade(s) would depart as long as the bolts continue to clamp the ends of the shanks?

Iím not suggesting the problem is not severe or something not...
Forum: RV-12 07-11-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,781
Posted By RFSchaller
How many hours were on the failed hub? Was there...

How many hours were on the failed hub? Was there any evidence of a manufacturing flaw? I have a Rev C prop so I am very interested in this.
Forum: ADS-B 07-11-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,572
Posted By RFSchaller
Donít panic. I have had one or two failed reports...

Donít panic. I have had one or two failed reports only to then pass. I wonder how many of the issues are due to FAA equipment issues as opposed to user equipment.
Forum: RV-12 07-10-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,087
Posted By RFSchaller
Looks like the answer to the question nobody...

Looks like the answer to the question nobody asked!😜
Definitely more work than I want to do.
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,690
Posted By RFSchaller
True, but it is only a problem at high fuel...

True, but it is only a problem at high fuel temperature. 8 months of the year in PHX switching the pump off makes no significant change in fuel pressure. I like the option to switch it off so that my...
Forum: RV-12 07-07-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,690
Posted By RFSchaller
I took off today in PHX at 0645. It was 89F on...

I took off today in PHX at 0645. It was 89F on the ground with a 2 thousand foot thick layer at 94F to climb through before the lapse rate kicked in. I have a switched fuel pump that I usually turn...
Forum: RV-12 07-04-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,366
Posted By RFSchaller
Rob, Iím not sure I follow the regulatory trail...

Rob,

Iím not sure I follow the regulatory trail to the ASTM. The Operating Limits for my ELSA allow night and IFR operations if properly equipped. Are you referring to SLSA RV-12s?

Rich
Forum: RV-12 06-28-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By RFSchaller
I put mine on as soon as I had the floor ribs and...

I put mine on as soon as I had the floor ribs and bottom skin attached to the bulkhead. I also recommend leaving the side skins off around the cockpit as long as possible. I clecoed them for support...
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,867
Posted By RFSchaller
FAA registry says 317VA is a Vans RV12is. I hope...

FAA registry says 317VA is a Vans RV12is. I hope the King Air is an old picture and not a bogus N# running contraband!😱😁
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,200
Posted By RFSchaller
Sounds like a phone call to the mother ship is in...

Sounds like a phone call to the mother ship is in order.
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Posted By RFSchaller
I didnít say it was easy!😁 I can usually wriggle...

I didnít say it was easy!😁 I can usually wriggle it around enough to get an acceptable amount of coverage. A stiff but flexible lead helps - no wise guy comments, please!😱
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,993
Posted By RFSchaller
One thing about fiberglass: it is very forgiving....

One thing about fiberglass: it is very forgiving. If you donít like the result sand it down and put another layer on. Practice first and learn where to use epoxy, slurry, flock and paste. Donít use...
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Posted By RFSchaller
I run the engine to about 4 gallons indicated and...

I run the engine to about 4 gallons indicated and then snake a a video borescope down the filler neck. I like it because I can see if there is any foreign material in the tank.
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,200
Posted By RFSchaller
Canít you order from Vans?

Canít you order from Vans?
Forum: RV-12 06-22-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,867
Posted By RFSchaller
Vans could really round out the family with a...

Vans could really round out the family with a jet! Sonex did.😁
Forum: RV-12 06-22-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had success inspecting the tank finger...

I have had success inspecting the tank finger strainer with a borescope if the fuel lev l is less than 5 gallons.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 920
Posted By RFSchaller
Donít you love spell check? Somehow ďaudio inputĒ...

Donít you love spell check? Somehow ďaudio inputĒ got involved in neutrons!
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 920
Posted By RFSchaller
I do it on the cheap ó- plug my iPod into the...

I do it on the cheap ó- plug my iPod into the audio of neutrons of my Bose X.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,366
Posted By RFSchaller
The biggest drawback of an IFR GPS is the cost of...

The biggest drawback of an IFR GPS is the cost of the subscription for updates! If I was routinely flying weather Iíd bite the bullet, but my Cherokee has a great ILS and VOR capability, and it...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,859
Posted By RFSchaller
Mel, with 8000 Ft of runway it would get you back...

Mel, with 8000 Ft of runway it would get you back faster to save Hobbs time on the rental!😝
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,149
Posted By RFSchaller
Bob, if the float is calibrated for level...

Bob, if the float is calibrated for level attitude why would you care what it reads at 8 degrees nose up?
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,859
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve built 4 planes, and I admit that as the...

Iíve built 4 planes, and I admit that as the first flight loomed as a reality instead of a far off dream I got butterflies. In the end I did each first flight and it was an amazing feeling of...
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,981
Posted By RFSchaller
When I as a newly minted private pilot I landed...

When I as a newly minted private pilot I landed my Cherokee in a 40 Kt wind with about a 15 kt crosswind component. As I taxied in a Cub landed and I was perplexed when three guys ran out and...
Forum: RV-12 06-12-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,537
Posted By RFSchaller
Naval jelly works well to remove surface rust....

Naval jelly works well to remove surface rust. Should be available at your local hardware store.
Forum: RV-12 06-08-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,874
Posted By RFSchaller
I took mine through EAA. If you are a member you...

I took mine through EAA. If you are a member you get a little break in price. Check the EAA website for upcoming courses.
Forum: RV-12 06-07-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,237
Posted By RFSchaller
I would hardly call myself the ROTAX expert, but...

I would hardly call myself the ROTAX expert, but I donít see how prop pitch or spark plugs would affect carb balance.
Forum: RV-12 06-04-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,781
Posted By RFSchaller
My thought is to run a cable from the positive...

My thought is to run a cable from the positive battery terminal through the firewall and install a post on the tunnel under the instrument panel that I can clip the alligator clamp and connect the...
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,611
Posted By RFSchaller
The only time Iíve experienced weak brakes was...

The only time Iíve experienced weak brakes was right after replacing brake pads before the conditioning runs. Have you checked for any possible contamination in the brake pads like brake fluid?
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,781
Posted By RFSchaller
A big concern out here in the AZ summer not...

A big concern out here in the AZ summer not leaving the jumper battery in direct sunlight where it can overheat. I carry one in my car and it has started me twice when the main battery gave up the...
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,781
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve been thinking about a similar rig, but Iím...

Iíve been thinking about a similar rig, but Iím trying to figure out he best location for a positive post so I can jump it from the cockpit.
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,611
Posted By RFSchaller
Exceed the POH limits and you become a test pilot...

Exceed the POH limits and you become a test pilot as I tell my students. As Dirty Harry would say, ďDo you feel lucky?Ē
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 922
Posted By RFSchaller
What does it do on the ground when you run it and...

What does it do on the ground when you run it and donít have the fuse in? No or low fuel pressure would suggest a failed engine driven pump. If the pressure comes back with the fuse back in it would...
Forum: RV-12 05-27-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,712
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Tony. At 67 I have to ask myself how much...

Thanks, Tony. At 67 I have to ask myself how much longer I will I be flying and is it worth the effort for that time. Sucks to view things through that lens, but as an engineer I am above all things...
Forum: RV-12 05-26-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,712
Posted By RFSchaller
Swapping to Skyview sounds a bit daunting with...

Swapping to Skyview sounds a bit daunting with all the custom wire looms. Is there an interface harness to simplify the connections?
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