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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By RFSchaller
You can buy a sheet of Lexan at Home Depot and...

You can buy a sheet of Lexan at Home Depot and use the old one as a pattern That was original intent, but I figured Iíd just be replacing it again in a few years so I bit the bullet and bought the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-28-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 26,111
Posted By RFSchaller
As I recall I had to cut down some box wrenches...

As I recall I had to cut down some box wrenches to access the nuts and bolt heads. When I made the replacement I increased the distance of the holes from the edge and slotted them. Slots allow for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-27-2020, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,058
Posted By RFSchaller
Good catch! I never would have thought of that....

Good catch! I never would have thought of that. With regard to wear on the tube mine has a polished appearance. The first pitot tube circumferentially cracked at 670 hours and failed at the flat spot...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-27-2020, 09:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 26,111
Posted By RFSchaller
NinerBikes, check your PMs.

NinerBikes, check your PMs.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2020, 11:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,419
Posted By RFSchaller
If you are an AOPA member or EAA member give them...

If you are an AOPA member or EAA member give them a call. They have some partnerships with insurance companies. I used EAA to get insurance for the 4 homebuilts I built and the Yak I used to own....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,441
Posted By RFSchaller
Looks like fun, but remember one thing. If you...

Looks like fun, but remember one thing. If you are shutting off your engine to soar and have a problem that gives you ďpress coverageĒ the NTSB report will not be kind!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By RFSchaller
When I labeled my instrument panel I painted it...

When I labeled my instrument panel I painted it grey, printed my labels on a Brother P-Touch label maker (black letters on clear tape), applied the labels and sprayed clear matte finish over the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2020, 10:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,218
Posted By RFSchaller
Personally I have more confidence in Lockwood.

Personally I have more confidence in Lockwood.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,058
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a screech when pulling the prop through to...

I had a screech when pulling the prop through to burp the oil, but nothing like this. Iíd pull the magnetic plug and filter to see if there is any metal on them. The ROTAX 912 can make some strange...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,393
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím now at 967 hrs and have reset pitch. As said...

Iím now at 967 hrs and have reset pitch. As said by others there is no absolute number of degrees because it depends on how well youĒlevelĒ the plane. I typically measure the blade angle and adjust...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-22-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,218
Posted By RFSchaller
The instructor in the ROTAX course said he uses a...

The instructor in the ROTAX course said he uses a dab of white grease to keep the gaskets in place while reinstalling the bowls.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,823
Posted By RFSchaller
Interesting thought, Jim. The geometry of the...

Interesting thought, Jim. The geometry of the lever arms when jacking up one side is a little different since the pivot point is the opposite tire. If I was worried Iíd probably go through the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,218
Posted By RFSchaller
I tried the elastomer gaskets (possibly Viton)....

I tried the elastomer gaskets (possibly Viton). They leaked like sieves. I have been reusing my green ROTX gaskets every annual for at least four years with no leaks.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-18-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,823
Posted By RFSchaller
I do not lift my 12 by anything but a jack using...

I do not lift my 12 by anything but a jack using the tie down point, but if I had to I would drill the tie down blocks from the top down to the threaded portion, insert eye bolts from the top to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,446
Posted By RFSchaller
Good point on the broken canopy. I guess the old...

Good point on the broken canopy. I guess the old adage is true: locks only keep honest people honest! I used to leave my convertible unlocked when I had one so thieves wouldnít slit the roof to get...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,218
Posted By RFSchaller
I had leaking bowl gaskets on my carbs and had to...

I had leaking bowl gaskets on my carbs and had to replace them, but I did see leakage on the drip trays. Have you considered adding a compatible dye to your fuel or using blue AVGAS to make a stain...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-15-2020, 11:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,446
Posted By RFSchaller
I like the idea of covering the cockpit under the...

I like the idea of covering the cockpit under the canopy. Might avoid the target of opportunity thieves if they donít see whatís in the cockpit. I also put a lock on my canopy. Thatís one item I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-15-2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve been using Home Depot springs for over 600...

Iíve been using Home Depot springs for over 600 hr. They eliminated throttle creep and work great.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 30,816
Posted By RFSchaller
Greg, Your post says Safety Directives are...

Greg,

Your post says Safety Directives are mandatory for SLSA and ELSA. My understanding of the FAA position is that ELSA are just like any other experimental aircraft and have no mandatory service...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-08-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,038
Posted By RFSchaller
Checkout this YouTube video for some flutter...

Checkout this YouTube video for some flutter video...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,273
Posted By RFSchaller
My totalizer is usually within half a gallon of...

My totalizer is usually within half a gallon of total usage at the End of a three hour flight.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By RFSchaller
My 12 is not a 12is. I put access plates on the...

My 12 is not a 12is. I put access plates on the side near the tail for counter balance access, one under each control column for linkage access and one on each side of the elevator cable wear block...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,273
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, I had an aha moment when I read your post....

Jim,

I had an aha moment when I read your post. I put a switch on my electric fuel pump. When I turn it on with th engine off I see the return flow indicated. Another reason to have a switch! ó- let...
Forum: Autopilots 06-06-2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,991
Posted By RFSchaller
You could swap the roll and pitch gyros and...

You could swap the roll and pitch gyros and reconfigure. I believe you said the pitch was working. If the problem persists and pitch works you could eliminate the servo as the problem. I know itís a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By RFSchaller
Absolutely! Dynon is the best!

Absolutely! Dynon is the best!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,273
Posted By RFSchaller
How did the line get blocked? If properly...

How did the line get blocked? If properly constructed its hard to see how that can happen.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-03-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By RFSchaller
ROTAX Lne Maintenance Manual has what you are...

ROTAX Lne Maintenance Manual has what you are looking for.
Forum: Autopilots 06-02-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,991
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you tried adjusting the AP settings like...

Have you tried adjusting the AP settings like sensitivity, pull rate, g-limit, etc?
Forum: Autopilots 06-01-2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,991
Posted By RFSchaller
Dave, What you said should be the case, but mine...

Dave,

What you said should be the case, but mine failed in a really unanticipated way. The pin did not shear cleanly. It left a nub sticking up through the hole in the capstan. The servo would turn...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By RFSchaller
I like to hear that tapping too before I turn the...

I like to hear that tapping too before I turn the key.
Forum: Autopilots 05-31-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,991
Posted By RFSchaller
I have the D180. My roll was tracking but...

I have the D180. My roll was tracking but altitude hold was erratic. Turned out to be a broken shear pin. Sometimes what seems the obvious issue is not. Easy to check so it is a good starting point...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,314
Posted By RFSchaller
When I was stationed in Rota, Spain in the 70s we...

When I was stationed in Rota, Spain in the 70s we got Heineken for a quarter a piece. You are getting ripped off!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 813
Posted By RFSchaller
Had mine painted with the rest of the plane....

Had mine painted with the rest of the plane. Corrosion in Phoenix is not a big issue due to climate.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By RFSchaller
One caveat. You have to be the owner as well as...

One caveat. You have to be the owner as well as have the LSR-inspection rating. You have to own the aircraft to get it, but if you sell it you can no longer do the annuals on it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 40,332
Posted By RFSchaller
Brad, Have you had your carbs overhauled? Rich

Brad,

Have you had your carbs overhauled?

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-19-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you checked your carburetor bowls for any...

Have you checked your carburetor bowls for any contamination or debris?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,090
Posted By RFSchaller
Good idea Jim! I did something similar in the...

Good idea Jim! I did something similar in the battery box placing a 1/8Ē thick piece of nylon sheet under the battery.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By RFSchaller
Mark, Iím based at Glendale airport (GEU). My 12...

Mark,

Iím based at Glendale airport (GEU). My 12 kicks right over and always has. Where are you based? Happy to help if I can. AZJULIAN is a local friend and a lot smarter than me! Seems like the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 946
Posted By RFSchaller
I thinkIíd rather have the volume of the float in...

I thinkIíd rather have the volume of the float in gas. You can sound your tank during preflight with a flexible piece of the stuff used for the brake line.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By RFSchaller
Mine shows 17 gallons when full. The wire on the...

Mine shows 17 gallons when full. The wire on the float can be bent to reach its stop at the bottom when zero or the top when full. I thought it was more important to know if I have 7 or 4 gallons...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 946
Posted By RFSchaller
I finished my 12 in March 2012 and have almost...

I finished my 12 in March 2012 and have almost 1000 hours on it. The sight glass has never leaked, but it is useless in my opinion.I would get rid of it if I was building it now.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,756
Posted By RFSchaller
I havenít seen it on mine, and I live in Phoenix.

I havenít seen it on mine, and I live in Phoenix.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,175
Posted By RFSchaller
I put a switch on my fuel pump too. Here in PHX...

I put a switch on my fuel pump too. Here in PHX it gets pretty hot in summer. In summer I run with my electric fuel pump on for taxi, takeoff, climb, descent and cruise until my fuel cools down at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By RFSchaller
In a pinch run a drill bit into concrete to dull...

In a pinch run a drill bit into concrete to dull it. That works like a plex bit, but practice on scrap first. It also helps to warm up the plastic with a hair dryer before you drill.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,127
Posted By RFSchaller
No argument there, Driftdown. Sometimes you just...

No argument there, Driftdown. Sometimes you just miss something, and that was one of them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,127
Posted By RFSchaller
My definition of a good IFR airplane is one that...

My definition of a good IFR airplane is one that is stable so you can spend 10 or 15 seconds looking at a chart and when you look up everything still looks good on the AI. My Cherokee is like that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 375
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís been a long time since my ROTAX course, but...

Itís been a long time since my ROTAX course, but I think there is a standard ROTAX part that covers that. Check the parts catalogue.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,351
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a 1973 Cherokee 180 and I built my RV-12....

I have a 1973 Cherokee 180 and I built my RV-12. I put about a hundred hours a year on each. I built the ELSA as a hedge against the medical before basic med. That was 8 years ago, and have loved...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,322
Posted By RFSchaller
Good advice on any serviceable part that is...

Good advice on any serviceable part that is removed. I save carb sockets, fuel pumps and spark plugs just in case I need to bridge some time waiting for new replacements.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,127
Posted By RFSchaller
About 20 years ago I was flying IFR from PHX to...

About 20 years ago I was flying IFR from PHX to SAF in November. Went into IMC and my airspeed indication went to zero. Sure was nice to flip on pitot heat and get it back in 10 seconds. Iíve been...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,964
Posted By RFSchaller
Josh (Fynfurfun) has an excellent point. I built...

Josh (Fynfurfun) has an excellent point. I built a Searey that unfortunately I lost in an incident on a lake. Bad day to say the least. I was so fed up that I took out my Swiss Army knife and cut out...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,222
Posted By RFSchaller
Just a thought and may not be helpful in this...

Just a thought and may not be helpful in this case, but is your engine in the serial number range that needs to have the crankshaft journal checked for cracking? If so might want to do the check...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,361
Posted By RFSchaller
Didnít notice much but sure I lost a few. Well...

Didnít notice much but sure I lost a few. Well worth it for me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,509
Posted By RFSchaller
Kavlicomis the one that uses 5V power, isnít it?

Kavlicomis the one that uses 5V power, isnít it?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,027
Posted By RFSchaller
Add trim tabs. Not elegant, but effective.

Add trim tabs. Not elegant, but effective.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 12:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,361
Posted By RFSchaller
I took off my wheel pants after a few years. They...

I took off my wheel pants after a few years. They look great but create more hassle than they are worth. Checking pressure and adding air is now a 5 minute job for all 3 tires ó- including coffee...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 12:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 521
Posted By RFSchaller
Checkout Flying Cactus flight school at Glendale....

Checkout Flying Cactus flight school at Glendale. They are instructing in an SLSA RV-12 with Garmin G3X. Nice airplane.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-03-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,964
Posted By RFSchaller
5 years on coolant hoses and non-silicone fuel...

5 years on coolant hoses and non-silicone fuel hoses. 500 hours on engine driven fuel pumps. Vanís says 10 years on the oil hoses they supply. Take a look at Vans support tab and get the seller to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-02-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 776
Posted By RFSchaller
I understand, Scott. The reason I like trim tabs...

I understand, Scott. The reason I like trim tabs is they are easily adjustable after each flight and donít involve any action that my mar the paint job. As you say to each their own.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-01-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 776
Posted By RFSchaller
I riveted conventional trim tabs to my flaperons...

I riveted conventional trim tabs to my flaperons after I flew off phase I. Makes changes easy without risking chipping my paint job.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-28-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,202
Posted By RFSchaller
You guys are killing me with all the talk of...

You guys are killing me with all the talk of preheaters! Here in Phoenix summer I want a precooler!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-27-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,790
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve got the original D-180 design with a 496 and...

Iíve got the original D-180 design with a 496 and have never felt Vanís gave me anything but the best service. Of the many things that keep me up at night worrying about Vans customer support is not...
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