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Forum: RV-12 02-23-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,915
Posted By RatMan
Someone you should...

Someone you should consider,

Stein!

http://www.steinair.com/storedetail.cfm?productid=291
Forum: RV-12 02-17-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,055
Posted By RatMan
There should be (IF it was built according to...

There should be (IF it was built according to plans) a small hole to the left of the 496 that one would put a tool into, push straight in and the 496 should release from the stock Garmin mount. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,256
Posted By RatMan
Lucky Lucky Lucky! I've watched a bunch of RV...

Lucky Lucky Lucky!

I've watched a bunch of RV videos, you are a lucky man!

Ya got a pretty nice plane too.
Forum: RV-12 01-31-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,824
Posted By RatMan
The prop with the least amount of blades is the...

The prop with the least amount of blades is the most efficient. More blades, more drag,
more money.

Total performance sound familiar?

Can't argue the looks though.:cool:
Forum: RV-12 01-26-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,936
Posted By RatMan
That must be one highly modified 180!

That must be one highly modified 180!
Forum: RV-12 01-25-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,287
Posted By RatMan
I agree with what has been said, not hard to...

I agree with what has been said, not hard to install but the servo in the tail cone is a pain if you are more that about 4 feet tall or over 100 pounds.

The AP74 isn't mandatory BUT it does make...
Forum: RV-12 01-17-2012, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,598
Posted By RatMan
Is this headset combination new to your RV or...

Is this headset combination new to your RV or have you been flying with theses two headsets before?

I have experienced this with, as mentioned above, the headsets were "miss-matched" but also with...
Forum: RV-12 01-13-2012, 06:25 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 27,580
Posted By RatMan
The most successful kit manufacturer in the world...

The most successful kit manufacturer in the world has "very poor leadership"?



Speaking for myself, I'm glad that Vans has the leadership it has. I suspect very few people are actually being held...
Forum: RV-12 01-12-2012, 12:29 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 27,580
Posted By RatMan
Hmmm..... I must have missed something. What was...

Hmmm..... I must have missed something. What was the deadline for Skyview?
Forum: RV-12 01-11-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,188
Posted By RatMan
If I'm correct in interpreting what you are...

If I'm correct in interpreting what you are saying, the "skinny end" is the leading edge of the ribs. I wouldn't think not having these four rivets missing would cause a critical loss in structural...
Forum: RV-12 01-11-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,188
Posted By RatMan
You are removing material to the point that the...

You are removing material to the point that the pre-punched holes don't line up? Or, you have removed the material that the holes were in? Did you flute the ribs?
Forum: RV-12 01-11-2012, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,520
Posted By RatMan
You are correct Sir, shouldn't be a problem. Now...

You are correct Sir, shouldn't be a problem. Now I think I'll get a -12 and start instructing in it. Whatdaya think, $150.00 an hour sound good?;) I've seen that done.

Seriously, you are correct in...
Forum: RV-12 01-10-2012, 10:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,520
Posted By RatMan
Yes Yes, as long as the family member doesn't...

Yes



Yes, as long as the family member doesn't pay for the use of the aircraft.

Assuming the instructor doesn't own any part of the aircraft, they can charge for there time as well.

This link...
Forum: RV-12 01-10-2012, 10:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,690
Posted By RatMan
Haven't seen any bashing but I do understand you...

Haven't seen any bashing but I do understand you have a dog in this fight. As a direct competitor of Vans aircraft and Rotax engines, I understand why you might be a bit defensive. Just so it's...
Forum: RV-12 01-10-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,690
Posted By RatMan
You are correct. I have built 2 E-AB aircrft and...

You are correct. I have built 2 E-AB aircrft and they both fall into the LSA performance catagory.

I did check with Vans and the RV-12 can be certified as E-AB as well. It's on the FAA list as well....
Forum: RV-12 01-10-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,690
Posted By RatMan
Two 220-235lbs bodies will fit comfortably in a...

Two 220-235lbs bodies will fit comfortably in a -12, I've seen it done. It's more about shape than weight. The cost should be dictated by your budget, for example you can build a Sonex for under 30...
Forum: RV-12 09-03-2011, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,778
Posted By RatMan
Yes, the prop comes in the crate with the rest of...

Yes, the prop comes in the crate with the rest of the engine kit, the engine that was delivered to us two weeks ago did not have a newer fuel pump.
Forum: RV-12 05-26-2011, 05:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,593
Posted By RatMan
Hey Vern, Pretty sure Vans has an avionics kit...

Hey Vern,

Pretty sure Vans has an avionics kit in stock for your -12. Give them a call, bet they will have it shipped by Monday.

Your decision to wait is.just that, your decision.
Forum: RV-12 04-20-2011, 04:52 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 234,399
Posted By RatMan
The 100th RV12

N312E took to the air from Shade Tree Airport (http://www.shadetreeairport.com/) just north of Gulfport Mississippi last Tuesday afternoon. A sleepy little airport where aviation is still the way it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-09-2010, 02:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,184
Posted By RatMan
Nice discussion and it's been discussed before...

Nice discussion and it's been discussed before but I have a question for you guys.

First a little background, I fly off of what some would call a short strip, 2,400 of manicured grass and rarely...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-09-2010, 01:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,671
Posted By RatMan
It's about the feel.... On several occasions I...

It's about the feel....

On several occasions I have had the opportunity to climb out of my -8 (180 horse counter-balanced, FP Sensi, battery in the back) and get in a friends -8 (160 horse, CS...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-09-2010, 01:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,344
Posted By RatMan
I ordered an extra panel blank for my -8...

I ordered an extra panel blank for my -8 (sn-82330) and a friend needed one for his (sn-80055) so I gave it to him. The prepuched holes lined up perfectly. Actually, we didn't know there were two...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-09-2010, 12:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,043
Posted By RatMan
Don't know about those but I bet Luke at Classic...

Don't know about those but I bet Luke at Classic Aero Design can get you what you want. No, they aren't cheap but I think they are the best.

Just my opinion, I would rather go without paint than a...
Forum: Southeast 01-31-2010, 03:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 942
Posted By RatMan
Need an A&P or IA near Auburn, AL

A friend of mine is having a bit of trouble locating either an A&P or IA near Auburn AL. He needs help getting a ferry permit for a Luscombe. If you or someone you know is willing to help, please let...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2010, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,197
Posted By RatMan
Aircraft Extras fuel vents

I can't find anyone that have actually installed these. Any pics or advice is appreciated. (http://www.aircraftextras.com/FuelVents.htm)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-06-2010, 06:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,300
Posted By RatMan
No kidding! It's cold here too. I know, those...

No kidding! It's cold here too. I know, those guys up north would welcome a 40 degree day but we're not used to this down here.

Looking at your son's expression, you didn't miss a thing on your...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-04-2010, 04:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,300
Posted By RatMan
Not just the old Mobile Airport, it was first...

Not just the old Mobile Airport, it was first "Brookley Air Force Base" back in the day.

This past year several of us from the MS Gulf Coast did quite a bit of exploring in Lower Alabama. Flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2010, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,712
Posted By RatMan
Scratch Off

I used the Scratch Off from Vans (http://www.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/catalog.cgi?ident=1262632153-274-531&browse=tools&product=scratch-off)with really good results. Cheap and works great for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-13-2009, 01:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,750
Posted By RatMan
Just wondering, what did you do to correct...

Just wondering, what did you do to correct this?

May help someone else as well.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2009, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,750
Posted By RatMan
Not quite right but...

Mine wasn't that way however, may be quicker to just grind down the side that doesn't line up rather than get another one.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-28-2009, 12:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,902
Posted By RatMan
What software version do you have?

Version 5.1.1 has a known glitch in it and Dynon says 5.2 will fix it. If you have 5.1.1 you wont be able to do a calibration so you may as well stop trying.

Dynon said 5.2 should be available in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2009, 12:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,702
Posted By RatMan
Pretty cool but...

Not sure about the -7 but in the -8 the system works exactly oppiosite of what you have shown. When the arm goes up the flaps are raised, when the arm goes down the flaps are lowered.

Still, pretty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2009, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,234
Posted By RatMan
I would take a moment to look over Sam's site, a...

I would take a moment to look over Sam's site, a set of plans and the area he used the hose in before condemning his build techniques. Having actually built an RV, I completly understand why he...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-17-2009, 10:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,788
Posted By RatMan
move the battery

you are missing the obvious , move the battery to where it should have been to begin with. don't add extra weight.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-21-2009, 10:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,399
Posted By RatMan
Dynamat applied to the cooling ramp (interior)...

Dynamat applied to the cooling ramp (interior) worked for me. Just pull the hinge pin, drop the ramp and cover the entire ramp. I didn't cover the foward, curved portion, just the two rear squares. A...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2009, 05:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,928
Posted By RatMan
Another good site is www.bowenaero.com

Another good site is www.bowenaero.com
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2009, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,315
Posted By RatMan
I bent mine with a pipe bender after applying a...

I bent mine with a pipe bender after applying a lot (think cherry red) of heat. Sit in the back seat to get a feel for the angle before bolting the stick in, the bend will be more to the left than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2009, 09:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,260
Posted By RatMan
The GMA-240 is pretty good, no recorder but a...

The GMA-240 is pretty good, no recorder but a great price. No problems with after the sale support either. But I bought mine from Stein so support isn't a concern.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-08-2009, 07:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,578
Posted By RatMan
I have them in mine. I just really like the...

I have them in mine. I just really like the looks. Haven't tried them in a crash yet though.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-24-2009, 12:55 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 43,168
Posted By RatMan
Very interesting!

Very interesting indeed.

Seems you have come up with a solution that has evaded a problem!

Unless I've missed something, I haven't heard of one incident where these nuts have failed. Is this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2009, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,942
Posted By RatMan
I know it's cool that they do this but.... You do...

I know it's cool that they do this but.... You do have a line of credit with them. Here's the line from their catalog.

"Payment: Builders of Vanís Aircraft Kits are extended a credit line of up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2009, 12:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,900
Posted By RatMan
Hmmm.... Sorry, I didn't realize you were...

Hmmm....

Sorry, I didn't realize you were relating the HS34 to your install only. Sure, all of the items you listed will work without an HS34. I was simply explaining that the HS34 offers so much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2009, 12:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,900
Posted By RatMan
Not quite, the HS34 gives you MUCH more than...

Not quite, the HS34 gives you MUCH more than that. Expanded HSI functions, support for more radios and GPSs. If you have an audio panel or intercom you get EFIS/EMS voice alerts for most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2009, 12:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,900
Posted By RatMan
Everything listed below came from Steinair. They...

Everything listed below came from Steinair. They didn't build my panel but everything was purchased from them.

Dynon

D180+battery+superbright option
EFIS harness and EMS harness
HS34
Heated AOA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2009, 11:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,465
Posted By RatMan
I bought a complete set of Aero Strategies...

I bought a complete set of Aero Strategies fairings and he delivers exactly what he advertises. They are virtualy perfect. If you have doubts, give him a call or drop him an email. Yes, they are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-18-2009, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,018
Posted By RatMan
Yep, laser and a digital level makes a lot of the...

Yep, laser and a digital level makes a lot of the jobs dead easy. Check one side for deflection, reset the level to 0 degrees and then check the other to compare. Checking the amount of up and down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2009, 10:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,398
Posted By RatMan
Originally I was going with a 496 with an...

Originally I was going with a 496 with an Airgizmo antenna mount but upgraded to a 696 and was told the Airgizmo antenna mount was too small for the 696 antenna (it is larger). Even if it would fit,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2009, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,737
Posted By RatMan
Couldn't agree with you more Sam. I'm one of...

Couldn't agree with you more Sam.

I'm one of those builders that had both my wings and my fuse to the point of "quick build" in less time than it would have taken Vans to get them to me. Not to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-15-2009, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,408
Posted By RatMan
Nope, nothing weird here. I did the same as Ted....

Nope, nothing weird here. I did the same as Ted. Like he said, by the time you are done with the windshield the canopy skirt will just slide under nicely. You'll need to have glass to overlap the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2009, 11:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,507
Posted By RatMan
About 2 MPH. Check out this page...

About 2 MPH.

Check out this page http://vansaircraft.com/public/rv-6per.htm or any of the other "performance" pages at Vans.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2009, 11:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,665
Posted By RatMan
Van's isn't really know for their "PR spin"....

Van's isn't really know for their "PR spin". Honesty, trustworthy and quality are words I would associate with with Vans. Although Doug didn't say who the "well informed" person was, what they said...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-03-2009, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,689
Posted By RatMan
STOP! If you haven't got a copy of the...

STOP!

If you haven't got a copy of the AeroElectric Connection, now is the time to consider it. http://www.bandc.biz/RECR11sm.jpg

You can get it from Steinair along with most of the other things...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-01-2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,656
Posted By RatMan
Short answer is no, that engine will not work...

Short answer is no, that engine will not work with an -8. But you can easily change it.

I have what was an O-360-F1A6 on my -8. It had a rear facing carb but I got a new sump from ECI for about 400...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-01-2009, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,769
Posted By RatMan
Now that is way cool! Congrats Charlie

Now that is way cool!

Congrats Charlie
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-28-2009, 12:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,391
Posted By RatMan
Try this thread...

Try this thread http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=25211
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-23-2009, 07:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,049
Posted By RatMan
What have you flown in that you fit into? Like...

What have you flown in that you fit into?

Like the others have said, with a bit of planning you can build the plane to fit you and there are tons of options. If you know the owner, ask him/her to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-22-2009, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,430
Posted By RatMan
A quick check on Google maps tells me that Grady...

A quick check on Google maps tells me that Grady AL is a HUGH metropolitan city. Well, maybe not that big.

Seems to me that second to only to Texas, Alabama has about the most builders of RV's. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-15-2009, 09:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,268
Posted By RatMan
I put mine where a few other -8 builders have,...

I put mine where a few other -8 builders have, under the verticle stab, emp faring. No fancy bracket or shelf just use what's already there. That location should be very close to being level with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2009, 12:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,505
Posted By RatMan
Hummm.... Are you the one signing the 8130-12...

Hummm....

Are you the one signing the 8130-12 stating "I certify the aircraft identified in Section II above was fabricate and assembled by ______???Name of Person(s)???______ for my (their)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2009, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,437
Posted By RatMan
You can use it without the gun, just mix it...

You can use it without the gun, just mix it according to the directions and use something to push it out into a cup, a broomstick sized dowel works pretty good. Then you can use a tongue depressor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2009, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 811
Posted By RatMan
Haven't heard of a shear pin issue. No kickbacks...

Haven't heard of a shear pin issue. No kickbacks on any starts (yet).

Unfortunately, there isn't much info available on the web when it comes to Kelly starters.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2009, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 811
Posted By RatMan
Bad starter?

I have a Kelly Aerospace X-drive starter. Three weeks ago the engine was started for the first time, no issues with the starter but a small fuel leak was found.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, leak...
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