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Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 04:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,503
Posted By f1rocket
Just another data point for you to consider. ...

Just another data point for you to consider. When I finished my -12, I hadn't flown in about 2 years but I had over 600 hours in RVs and Rockets. I took my BFR in a Piper 140 and you'd have thought...
Forum: RV-12 04-02-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,794
Posted By f1rocket
Yes, you have to change the upward limit. I just...

Yes, you have to change the upward limit. I just bumped mine up to get rid of the nuisance warnings. I don't recall exactly, but it was either 14.8 or 15.0. If it "runs away", it will go much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,094
Posted By f1rocket
Moved out of my aviation house in November. I...

Moved out of my aviation house in November. I did the same thing. I kept a few sheet pieces but took the rest to the scrap yard. It was hard to do. I started my RV-6 in 1996. The Long-EZ was...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-19-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,610
Posted By f1rocket
For those local who might be interested in...

For those local who might be interested in attending, here's Jim's obit:
James O. Winings

Indianapolis - James O. Winings, 86, went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2018. He was the beloved husband...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-16-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,610
Posted By f1rocket
Jim was everything Vince said and more. Jim made...

Jim was everything Vince said and more. Jim made the first flight of my RV-12 not because I couldn't do it, but because Jim wanted to. He was proud of the fact that he had made first flights in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-12-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 41,129
Posted By f1rocket
I've posted this before but this seems like a...

I've posted this before but this seems like a good place to post it again.

Remove your existing seals. Place paper clips all along the perimeter of your baffling so they stand tall and will hit the...
Forum: RV-12 03-05-2018, 06:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,585
Posted By f1rocket
Go to my website and you can see the entire...

Go to my website and you can see the entire construction of the -12 along with my trip out to Eugene to get it painted. www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com

With just looking at the pictures and the...
Forum: RV-12 03-04-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,585
Posted By f1rocket
I dont know Scott or the airplane personally....

I dont know Scott or the airplane personally. Id be happy to go take a look at it for you if youd like. If so send me an IM with a list of what youd like me to check out.
Forum: RV-12 03-04-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,585
Posted By f1rocket
Where in Indiana? Is it Scott Haywood's -12 at...

Where in Indiana? Is it Scott Haywood's -12 at Greenwood?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,672
Posted By f1rocket
I built my first airplane, a Long-EZ, in a one...

I built my first airplane, a Long-EZ, in a one car garage and STILL parked my 280ZX in it!! I developed a hoist system to pull the fuselage up enough so the car would fit under it.

Anything is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,672
Posted By f1rocket
This thread's been done...

This thread's been done before.

http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com/Pictures/mancave07.JPG ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,195
Posted By f1rocket
Yes. That is a picture of my first F1 Rocket...

Yes. That is a picture of my first F1 Rocket wing going together.
Forum: Safety 01-25-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,758
Posted By f1rocket
Radon is a risk for other forms of cancer as...

Radon is a risk for other forms of cancer as well. I discovered high levels in one of my houses by accident. I build two of my airplanes in that house and my Oncologist believes it is the leading...
Forum: RV-12 01-04-2018, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,025
Posted By f1rocket
I had my -12 balanced down here in Indy if you...

I had my -12 balanced down here in Indy if you want to come this far However, the prop was in perfect balance out of the box. No need for any weights.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-30-2017, 06:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,502
Posted By f1rocket
It answers the question of why it only happens...

It answers the question of why it only happens when you are flying, but can't find it running on the ground, if that turns out to be the case.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-29-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,502
Posted By f1rocket
My guess is that you might be over-pressurizing...

My guess is that you might be over-pressurizing the crankcase through the crankcase vent. Not sure what your vent looks like but you might try pointing it aft instead of on the exhaust pipe.

I did...
Forum: Rocket 11-03-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,235
Posted By f1rocket
My top concern would be Vne. If you are going to...

My top concern would be Vne. If you are going to mount a 4-banger, then the -8 wing would be okay but you still have to be careful. If you are mounting a 6-banger, the -8 wing is out IMHO.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,607
Posted By f1rocket
"Think garden tractor, not space shuttle" - Mark...

"Think garden tractor, not space shuttle" - Mark Fredericks
Forum: RV-14 09-26-2017, 03:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,705
Posted By f1rocket
It has been a pleasure to know Tom for over 15...

It has been a pleasure to know Tom for over 15 years. He is one of the true gentlemen of our sport. Congratulations buddy!
Forum: RV-12 09-12-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,476
Posted By f1rocket
I find all the discussion regarding the range of...

I find all the discussion regarding the range of the -12 somewhat amusing. I'm not picking on anyone, but if you fly the -12 much cross country, you find that the ACTUAL range on any particular leg...
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,731
Posted By f1rocket
As far as I know, the tractor regulator I put in...

As far as I know, the tractor regulator I put in my -12 is still going strong in the Texas heat 300 hours later.
Forum: RV-12 09-02-2017, 01:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,302
Posted By f1rocket
Good question. I rarely burped mine because it...

Good question. I rarely burped mine because it didn't leak a drop nor did it burn any. I checked the level cold because I knew where it would line up.

I'm not sure the Rotax docu would approve but...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,858
Posted By f1rocket
I agree. I always flew with both enabled all the...

I agree. I always flew with both enabled all the time.
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2017, 05:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,654
Posted By f1rocket
I'm lost. Upper banjo bolt and valve? Where is...

I'm lost. Upper banjo bolt and valve? Where is this? I don't recall any of this during my build. Can you elaborate a little further? Thanks.
Forum: Fiberglass 08-04-2017, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,481
Posted By f1rocket
Ha, ditto. I spent two years building my Long-EZ...

Ha, ditto. I spent two years building my Long-EZ and TWO YEARS sanding and painting it.
Forum: Midwest 08-04-2017, 05:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By f1rocket
There are a number of RV builders in the New...

There are a number of RV builders in the New Albany, IN area, right across the river. Greg Gruniger (sp?) is a Golden Lindy winner and has built many airplanes. I believe they all belong to the...
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,666
Posted By f1rocket
You can go to the aviation isle at Ace Hardware...

You can go to the aviation isle at Ace Hardware and find black plastic plugs that fit nicely in the end of the steps. A little two-part epoxy is all that's needed to firmly secure them.
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 07:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,666
Posted By f1rocket
Once you hang the engine, you will want to do the...

Once you hang the engine, you will want to do the same thing to the pitot tube sticking out of the nose. It is stainless and doesn't bend. I have a 4" scar on my left forearm to remind me.
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,677
Posted By f1rocket
It's a great cross country machine. I flew mine...

It's a great cross country machine. I flew mine almost 300 hours and to 42 states in a little over two years.

You have to adjust the auto pilot settings to your personal preference. A lot of...
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,332
Posted By f1rocket
Perhaps. However, from what I've seen, just the...

Perhaps. However, from what I've seen, just the opposite is true. I've seen SLSA RV-12 priced tens of thousands less than what they cost just to sell them. I don't think your potential pool is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,042
Posted By f1rocket
I still get tired of getting run over by golf...

I still get tired of getting run over by golf carts and gators, even in the areas where they are supposed to be restricted during show hours. Worst part of the show.
Forum: RV-12 07-23-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,189
Posted By f1rocket
Very nice.

Very nice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,365
Posted By f1rocket
I'm with you on this one. I had a hard enough...

I'm with you on this one. I had a hard enough time grabbing the flap handle. I can't imagine a center console. I also liked being able to put my feet on the passenger floor and stretching out. ...
Forum: RV-12 07-19-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,659
Posted By f1rocket
Oh, I really don't think so. There will always...

Oh, I really don't think so. There will always be a segment of buyers interested in the "latest and greatest", but the value proposition of the -12 remains the same. Some will not be interested in...
Forum: Safety 07-16-2017, 07:41 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 57,690
Posted By f1rocket
Also, don't forget to reset your altimeter prior...

Also, don't forget to reset your altimeter prior to entering over Ripon.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-16-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,637
Posted By f1rocket
Van's has the final say in resolving this but I...

Van's has the final say in resolving this but I would bet that if you measured from tip to nose on most RV-6s, you would find that the measurements are not the same.
Forum: RV-14 07-06-2017, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,351
Posted By f1rocket
Wow, that looks super nice. Nice metal work and...

Wow, that looks super nice. Nice metal work and attention to detail.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-26-2017, 04:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 711
Posted By f1rocket
I had this error. After ripping apart my wiring...

I had this error. After ripping apart my wiring and finding nothing, it turned out to be a defective engine monitor unit from Dynon. Sent it in to them even though they protested for testing and...
Forum: Rocket 06-25-2017, 07:21 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 32,844
Posted By f1rocket
Well, thanks for the compliments. Not sure if...

Well, thanks for the compliments. Not sure if I'm a master builder or not, but I am a persistent one. ;)

I'm making plans to stop by one day during show week. I'd like to talk to you and see what...
Forum: Rocket 06-21-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 32,844
Posted By f1rocket
Vince ole buddy ole pal, Still plan to have a...

Vince ole buddy ole pal,

Still plan to have a completed fuselage at this year's AirVenture? If so, what are you doing for the wing center section station? Are you using the old Rocket bolt pattern...
Forum: RV-12 06-21-2017, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,586
Posted By f1rocket
Both are available at your local NAPA auto parts...

Both are available at your local NAPA auto parts store. No need to lug either of them around.
Forum: Interiors 06-17-2017, 05:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,011
Posted By f1rocket
I've had reasonable luck gluing down the strips...

I've had reasonable luck gluing down the strips with a hot glue gun.
Forum: RV-12 06-10-2017, 06:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,458
Posted By f1rocket
I found a hot glue gun will do the trick to hold...

I found a hot glue gun will do the trick to hold the Velcro to the polyethylene. It will eventually tear out of the foam but I just hot glue it back every annual. Stiffer carpets are probably the...
Forum: RV-12 03-17-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,664
Posted By f1rocket
You can go to my website and see pictures and...

You can go to my website and see pictures and instructions on how to lay up the fairing and finish it off of the airplane. Pretty easy and the results are very good. Email me if you have any...
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2017, 05:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,117
Posted By f1rocket
In looking at Jean-Pierre's original title to...

In looking at Jean-Pierre's original title to this thread, I think the best compliment to the Moeller gauge is a rope. That's so when you throw it overboard to use as an anchor, you can haul it back...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2017, 06:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,059
Posted By f1rocket
A quick tip when fitting your baffles to your top...

A quick tip when fitting your baffles to your top cowl, line the sides of the baffle with paperclips and lower the cowl into place. This will give you a great indication of the gap between the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-28-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,662
Posted By f1rocket
Sorry to hear of your loss. Yes, sepsis is...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Yes, sepsis is serious stuff. I've had two bouts of it the past two years, both blood infections caused by blocked bile ducts. Each one was a near death experience for...
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2017, 04:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,455
Posted By f1rocket
I always carried toothpicks in my cleaning kit to...

I always carried toothpicks in my cleaning kit to clean up the rings.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-15-2017, 03:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,691
Posted By f1rocket
Typically, the airframe logbook. Remember that...

Typically, the airframe logbook. Remember that the JD regulator charges ar a higher rate than the Ducati so if you have a high voltage alarm limit set, you may need to bump that up a little. I did on...
Forum: RV-12 01-06-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,768
Posted By f1rocket
Short piece of fishing line works good too.

Short piece of fishing line works good too.
Forum: RV-12 01-04-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,926
Posted By f1rocket
This is the RV-12 forum and burping is what we...

This is the RV-12 forum and burping is what we lovingly do to our Rotax engines before we put them to bed. It is slowly turning the prop so that the compression leaks will pressurize the crankcase...
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-24-2016, 02:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,574
Posted By f1rocket
Dynon also has a series of instructional videos...

Dynon also has a series of instructional videos on their website on how to leverage various aspects of the Skyview. I viewed most of them and learned a few things I didn't know.
Forum: Safety 12-24-2016, 01:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,400
Posted By f1rocket
In an off-field landing, the goal IS NOT to land...

In an off-field landing, the goal IS NOT to land at the slowest forward speed, it is to land at ZERO vertical speed. Keep that in mind and you have a chance.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-17-2016, 05:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,522
Posted By f1rocket
Believe it or not, we had a RV-3 in our group...

Believe it or not, we had a RV-3 in our group where the owner painted the entire airplane with a roller and latex house paint. From 5 feet, it didn't look bad. I wouldn't recommend it obviously,...
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2016, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,247
Posted By f1rocket
You need a category for zero. I have no slop...

You need a category for zero. I have no slop whatsoever.
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2016, 03:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,117
Posted By f1rocket
Are you talking about your Rotax? Does the...

Are you talking about your Rotax? Does the heater go on the oil reservoir or on the engine? To pre-warm the oil, it would need to go on the reservoir which would make the condensation issue moot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,700
Posted By f1rocket
I was strictly VFR but I used the taxi diagrams,...

I was strictly VFR but I used the taxi diagrams, airport data, and the sectional charts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2016, 06:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,700
Posted By f1rocket
Angry Seattle Avionics Strikes Again

I questioned whether I should post this. It is a rant and I don't often do that so if a moderator deletes this post, I understand. I'm doing this because Seattle Avionics is a significant...
Forum: Rocket 12-10-2016, 02:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 32,844
Posted By f1rocket
Just delivered the RV-12 to its new owner in...

Just delivered the RV-12 to its new owner in Arizona. Just looking at some possible projects. The F-4 intrigues me.
Forum: Rocket 12-09-2016, 09:13 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 32,844
Posted By f1rocket
Hey Vince, How are the F1 fuselage parts...

Hey Vince,

How are the F1 fuselage parts provided? Do you have kits for them? I can source the wings and empennage.
Forum: RV-12 12-04-2016, 05:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,332
Posted By f1rocket
Local auto parts store has them. If you have a...

Local auto parts store has them. If you have a NAPA store, they generally carry more stuff and better stuff than some of the other national chains. JMO. YMMV.
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2016, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,147
Posted By f1rocket
I attached the stabilator once and never removed...

I attached the stabilator once and never removed it again. I also attached the tailcone to the fuselage with the stabilator and vertical stabilizer attached AND I did it by myself. It can be done...
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