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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By DHeal
Good video on aircraft fuel pumps...

Good video on aircraft fuel pumps at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BfwuUjh_lA

Spring is very stiff, doesn't move much and is hard to move manually.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 207
Posted By DHeal
Rebuild your broken DC headset with a "Headsets,...

Rebuild your broken DC headset with a "Headsets, Inc." ANR conversion kit -- easy conversion, relatively inexpensive and works great.
Forum: RV-12 05-16-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,068
Posted By DHeal
I purchased a Cleaveland "Main Squeeze" for my...

I purchased a Cleaveland "Main Squeeze" for my RV-12 project. It's pricey but was indispensable for my build. I have two other manually-operated squeezers that now just sit in my tool drawer while...
Forum: RV-12 05-15-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,656
Posted By DHeal
I would suggest that the aluminum surfaces...

I would suggest that the aluminum surfaces underlying any such foam blocks be coated with corrosion-resistant paint -- as it appears Jack above (or is it down-under?) has done. Over a period of...
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 747
Posted By DHeal
I also rotate the plastic bushings whenever I am...

I also rotate the plastic bushings whenever I am in their neighborhood -- like during the annual Condition Inspection, etc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By DHeal
I strongly suspect that it is your puller, not...

I strongly suspect that it is your puller, not the rivets that is the problem. I pulled some 12,000+ LP4-3 rivets when building my RV-12 and don't recall ever having a single rivet setting failure...
Forum: RV-12 05-09-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,342
Posted By DHeal
If powder-coating or covering the panel with...

If powder-coating or covering the panel with vinyl overlay be sure to heed the plan's instructions and file the panel edges to permit the extra clearances required to accommodate the extra film...
Forum: RV-12 05-05-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By DHeal
I believe that Van's approved a 3 amp fuse for...

I believe that Van's approved a 3 amp fuse for the starter circuit several years ago -- check with Van's techs. My circa 2013 RV-12 plans depict a 3 amp starter fuse. I have had no problems with...
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,716
Posted By DHeal
Here's an "out-of-the-box" thought: Builders of...

Here's an "out-of-the-box" thought: Builders of early RV-12s were required to partially disassemble the ignition modules to install the fiberglas engine plenums. When the builders reinstalled the...
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,123
Posted By DHeal
When I get an unusual whiff of fuel smell in my...

When I get an unusual whiff of fuel smell in my RV-12 (occasionally occurs during a high-power climb), I usually suspect a sinking (heavy) float -- I too have replaced many defective (and costly)...
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,475
Posted By DHeal
Over-pitching your prop has the potential to...

Over-pitching your prop has the potential to damage your engine. See Figure 1 of ROTAX's SL-912-016R1 at:

https://legacy.rotaxowner.com/si_tb_info/serviceletter/sl-912-016-r1.pdf

I use the...
Forum: COMM 04-23-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By DHeal
I converted two David Clark 10-H30 passive...

I converted two David Clark 10-H30 passive headsets into ANRs via the Headsets, Inc. ANR conversion kits -- easy to do, relatively cheap and they work very well.
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 713
Posted By DHeal
Here's my experience with the RV-12 LEXAN window...

Here's my experience with the RV-12 LEXAN window at 4+ years / 625 hours / 90% mogas 91 with 10% ethanol: I installed the LEXAN window in accordance with Van's plans (i.e., fuel sealant in and...
Forum: RV-12 04-22-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,407
Posted By DHeal
Also check for debris in the return fuel line...

Also check for debris in the return fuel line metering orifice.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-21-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,266
Posted By DHeal
Sorry but the engine is 44 years since reman with...

Sorry but the engine is 44 years since reman with an average of 18 hours per year (with long periods of non-use) and is evidencing signs of wear / distress -- it deserves an overhaul. I would...
Forum: RV-12 04-20-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,001
Posted By DHeal
Here are a few more thoughts: Are the two carbs...

Here are a few more thoughts: Are the two carbs fully seated in their respective rubber sockets? Spark plug wires properly routed to plugs? Were you careful when removing / replacing the spark...
Forum: RV-12 04-20-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,001
Posted By DHeal
Are carb bowl gaskets properly seated? Did you...

Are carb bowl gaskets properly seated? Did you blow air through the orifice in the lower corner of the carb bowl to clean out any debris (I believe that orifice is part of the start/idle circuit but...
Forum: RV-12 04-18-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Posted By DHeal
IMHO, this gusset is a real enhancement -- a...

IMHO, this gusset is a real enhancement -- a number of us installed our own versions of this gusset over the past years in response to bent rails. I suggest that if you build your own version you...
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,986
Posted By DHeal
Effect on ADHRS? I recall that the plans suggest...

Effect on ADHRS? I recall that the plans suggest squeezing the canopy handle mounting tube a bit to keep the handle from flopping around. I added an O-ring or two as well to increase turning...
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 855
Posted By DHeal
As I recall, the Dynon Skyview Installation...

As I recall, the Dynon Skyview Installation Manual has installation templates and wiring information. See Sections 18 and 19 of...
Forum: RV-12 04-09-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,541
Posted By DHeal
Most likely a loose or corroded wire or...

Most likely a loose or corroded wire or connection. Wiggle the CHTL sensor connection (under left front cylinder head) to see if you can duplicate the erratic reading.
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 29,697
Posted By DHeal
I guess I might be a bit concerned about...

I guess I might be a bit concerned about potential galvanic reaction with the mix of aluminum /steel / stainless but I can't say for sure. I used a piece of thin but stiff plastic sheet bent over...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,368
Posted By DHeal
- Follow Van's suggested procedure per plans. - ...

- Follow Van's suggested procedure per plans.
- Don't think that more resin is better. Less is more as long as the glass is fully saturated and the excess resin is squeezed out.
- Strive for a...
Forum: RV-12 04-02-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,557
Posted By DHeal
OK, here's my take on it: One of the functions...

OK, here's my take on it: One of the functions of the carb springs is to maintain a consistent tension on the two throttle cables -- this serves to reduce any free-play or slack in the two cables...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,436
Posted By DHeal
Check with your home insurer; typically they do...

Check with your home insurer; typically they do not cover aircraft under construction in a house. And what Kyle said.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By DHeal
Van's might have some -- they are used in Van's...

Van's might have some -- they are used in Van's RV-12 tow bars.
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,407
Posted By DHeal
In addition to the RotaxOwner videos, there are a...

In addition to the RotaxOwner videos, there are a couple of videos on YouTube that depict the servicing of Bing carbs -- not necessarily by the book but they do have some good visuals of the carb's...
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,407
Posted By DHeal
I've had many overweight floats in my RV-12. In...

I've had many overweight floats in my RV-12. In my experience, overweight floats do not create much of an issue at high-power settings -- the engine runs fine. The high fuel flow at high-power...
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,407
Posted By DHeal
Sure sounds like a bit of debris in one of the...

Sure sounds like a bit of debris in one of the fuel bowls temporarily blocked a jet. Right after the event, did you pull off the two fuel bowls and look for debris? Since the engine is now running...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,523
Posted By DHeal
Larry -- If you are interested in the "pop-rivet"...

Larry -- If you are interested in the "pop-rivet" AOA sensing port used in the RV-12 I suggest that you SEARCH the VAF / RV-12 website -- there is a lot of discussion as to its location, plumbing,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,523
Posted By DHeal
On the RV-12, we just drill a strategically...

On the RV-12, we just drill a strategically located hole under the leading edge of the wing, put a pop-rivet in the hole, and plumb an AOA air line to the ADHRS.
Forum: RV-14 03-19-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,483
Posted By DHeal
On my plexiglas and lexan canopies, I generally...

On my plexiglas and lexan canopies, I generally use a small UniBit for the majority of the holes. Sometimes it results in a hole that is ever so slightly larger than the plans-specified hole -- but...
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 653
Posted By DHeal
Gotta move fast or you'll end up with a...

Gotta move fast or you'll end up with a swept-wing RV-12! 😉
Forum: RV-12 03-13-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 29,697
Posted By DHeal
Just completed my Stab SB and offer a few...

Just completed my Stab SB and offer a few observations on the stab reinstall:

1. Van's suggestion to instant-glue the original configuration washers to the new brackets worked great -- be sure to...
Forum: RV-14 03-12-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,913
Posted By DHeal
I used @ 1/8" thick orange silicone baffling...

I used @ 1/8" thick orange silicone baffling sheet cut into very small squares with an appropriately sized rivet hole punched in the middle -- worked great in compressing the aluminum parts together...
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,567
Posted By DHeal
Another thought: Be sure that whichever sealant...

Another thought: Be sure that whichever sealant you use for your fuel line fittings, that it is compatible with the ethanol in your fuel (if you use ethanol-poisoned auto gas). As I noted earlier,...
Forum: RV-12 03-08-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,567
Posted By DHeal
MATCO recommends Loctite 567 for their brake...

MATCO recommends Loctite 567 for their brake fittings. I have had very good success with 567 on all of my RV-12's threaded (oil, gas, brake, etc.) NPT fittings. My local hydraulics supplier had it...
Forum: RV-12 02-17-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,852
Posted By DHeal
Data point: I installed the pitot bushing in...

Data point: I installed the pitot bushing in 5/2013 using "blue Loctite" per Van's plans. Four years and 600 flight hours later the bushing is doing very well with no sign of loosening.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-17-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,078
Posted By DHeal
I asked Matco's service rep and he said to just...

I asked Matco's service rep and he said to just keep them clean and dry. In my experience, any form of lube is generally bad in that it attracts and holds dirt and grit leading to wear and sticking...
Forum: RV-12 02-07-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,767
Posted By DHeal
And don't forget, that at least on the Skyview,...

And don't forget, that at least on the Skyview, the size of the glide arc is influenced by the aircraft's GPS-determined height above the ground directly under the aircraft. This is important to...
Forum: RV-12 02-01-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,762
Posted By DHeal
Just as a reminder, the Cherry Max rivets look...

Just as a reminder, the Cherry Max rivets look different from standard pull-rivets after installation. See Van's Chapter 5 - Page 05-07 for photos of Cherry Max rivets at: ...
Forum: RV-12 01-30-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 897
Posted By DHeal
SEARCH this site: ...

SEARCH this site: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=153840&highlight=handle
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 997
Posted By DHeal
Welcome! Good advice above. Also give careful...

Welcome! Good advice above. Also give careful thought as to whether you are a "builder" who is willing to develop the skills, put in the time and money, and enjoy the journey of building your own...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-28-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,618
Posted By DHeal
I had a Lyc 0-360 in my Starduster Too that had a...

I had a Lyc 0-360 in my Starduster Too that had a strange miss. It went away after I checked the valve lash and adjusted the push rod lengths to meet spec. Its an easy check.
Forum: RV-12 01-25-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,762
Posted By DHeal
Setting Cherry Max Rivets

FYI -- A new video from Van's regarding the setting of Cherry Max rivets at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb9miRllZDo
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,317
Posted By DHeal
I tried to find some sticky vinyl material that...

I tried to find some sticky vinyl material that is similar to the "fading dots" matrix that is used on car window borders -- no luck. If anyone out there has found such material, let me know.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,033
Posted By DHeal
As a data point, we have an unpainted RV-4 in our...

As a data point, we have an unpainted RV-4 in our hangar that was completed over 10 years ago and has been regularly flown in our somewhat salty west coastal air (Santa Rosa, CA). There is no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,033
Posted By DHeal
Have heard that one should avoid using any...

Have heard that one should avoid using any surface cleaning products containing silicone. Also, lingering residue from most of the spray-on anti-corrosion treatments (e.g., Corrosion X, BoeShield,...
Forum: RV-12 01-05-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By DHeal
It has also been suggested that the somewhat...

It has also been suggested that the somewhat heated cowling air breathed by our RV-12 carbs serves to reduce the potential for carb ice. I'm not sure how much this helps, but IMHO it can't hurt in...
Forum: RV-12 12-27-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,018
Posted By DHeal
I balanced my RV-12 with the spinner ON (you...

I balanced my RV-12 with the spinner ON (you really have to since the spinner is part of the balance equation and the pitot tube needs to be supported). I added a very small amount of weight under...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,088
Posted By DHeal
Also make sure that appropriate Bearing Bracket...

Also make sure that appropriate Bearing Bracket Brace SB (http://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/sb14-12-06.pdf) has been complied with.
Forum: RV-12 12-23-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,381
Posted By DHeal
Generic torque values in Rotax's Heavy Maint...

Generic torque values in Rotax's Heavy Maint Manual and some specific values in Illustrated Parts Manual at: http://rotax-owner.com/en/support-topmenu/engine-manuals
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2017, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,197
Posted By DHeal
In addition to Service Bulletins, go through the...

In addition to Service Bulletins, go through the list of Notifications on Van's website at: http://www.vansaircraft.com/public/service-rv12.htm

There are many enhancements and upgrades noted on...
Forum: RV-12 12-06-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,310
Posted By DHeal
RV-12 ULS Winterization Kits from Van's

FYI see: http://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Notifications/Notification-2017-03-01.pdf
Forum: RV-12 11-23-2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,300
Posted By DHeal
I suspect that virtually all RV-12s are...

I suspect that virtually all RV-12s are "equipped" with a transponder (likely Mode S). If this transponder is "operable" it must be ON during ALL flight in ALL controlled airspace unless otherwise...
Forum: RV-12 11-21-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,986
Posted By DHeal
A great video and a very useful tool for...

A great video and a very useful tool for prospective and current RV-12 builders. Nice job!
Forum: RV-12 11-04-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,623
Posted By DHeal
Unibit worked great on my Lexan rear window as...

Unibit worked great on my Lexan rear window as well. It has the added advantage of nicely chamfering the edge of the hole -- use a careful touch. It also produces a slightly larger hole which in my...
Forum: California 11-02-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 596
Posted By DHeal
I have been very happy with Northcoast Services...

I have been very happy with Northcoast Services (John Shutzbaugh at 707-451-9421) for my company and personal aircraft static/transponder checks.
Forum: RV-12 10-18-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,453
Posted By DHeal
You may find that the fuel return line sticks up...

You may find that the fuel return line sticks up from the tank into the filler tube and interferes with the sideways movement of the tank -- that is why the filler tube has to be removed. Believe it...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,014
Posted By DHeal
Thanks Top Cat for the kind thought -- we are...

Thanks Top Cat for the kind thought -- we are fine but a number of our RV family here in SR have lost theirs homes, cars, household contents, etc. The fires have been horrific.

Electrons are funny...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,014
Posted By DHeal
A big red X usually means you have an electrical...

A big red X usually means you have an electrical circuit problem. If you did in fact lose OP then the reading would likely go to @ 0 psi (+ 2-3 PSI) without a red X. Check all of your OP and FP...
Forum: RV-12 10-14-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,265
Posted By DHeal
I see where Tony has attached his nose wheel...

I see where Tony has attached his nose wheel balance weights to the rim of the wheel. I chose to place the self-adhesive weights inside of the wheel hub assembly so that centripetal force helps to...
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