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Forum: RV-12 06-21-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
Included with the Garmin PilotPak subscription is...

Included with the Garmin PilotPak subscription is the IFR premium package for Garmin Pilot that I use on my iPhone or iPad at no additional cost, so I do have Flitecharts on both handheld devices,...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
I hear you. I bought the Garmin PilotPak, which...

I hear you.

I bought the Garmin PilotPak, which provides all database updates for my G3X PFD/MFD and GTN. Itís about $600 a year; not inexpensive, but noting that I fly daily, I think itís worth it.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
Thanks for compliments. The RV12 has a wing...

Thanks for compliments.

The RV12 has a wing loading is light, but so is a 172, yet thatís a very common IFR trainer. The issue is less about wing loading and more about roll rate. The advantage of...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. The MFD is redundant to the PFD, but yes,...

Thanks. The MFD is redundant to the PFD, but yes, I also have a second GSU 25. Noting how CAN bus works, both ADHRS units are available to either PFD/MFD.
Keep in mind, I still only have one pitot...
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
Here's photos of my panel with the 625 in the...

Here's photos of my panel with the 625 in the center.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1181327&postcount=16
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 628
Views: 390,103
Posted By rongawer
Itís an airplane

Today, my RV12 passed its airworthiness inspection; it was so easy that it was almost anti-climatic to the 711 hours I spent crafting the little bird. So, now itís on to flying.
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 628
Views: 390,103
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. Itís a UL350IS engine and a WhirlWind...

Thanks. Itís a UL350IS engine and a WhirlWind GA-UL350-2B.
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 628
Views: 390,103
Posted By rongawer
I finally got my little bird moved to the...

I finally got my little bird moved to the airport.
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Forum: RV-12 06-15-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,155
Posted By rongawer
I used 5 washers on each side, so youíre on track.

I used 5 washers on each side, so youíre on track.
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 11:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 532
Posted By rongawer
If it is maintaining the 12.9VDC during the...

If it is maintaining the 12.9VDC during the flight and carrying normal amp loads, then most likely yes - a VR issue. To confirm, you could borrow an alternator/regulator tester from your local auto...
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 966
Posted By rongawer
Very nice Paul!

Very nice Paul!
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,959
Posted By rongawer
This is good feedback and the type of information...

This is good feedback and the type of information I was looking for - thanks.
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,959
Posted By rongawer
Question That's essentially my question - what is the...

That's essentially my question - what is the limit of the RV12's control authority?

Normally, most POH's will state a Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind number, that is not a limit, but defined as, for...
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,959
Posted By rongawer
Crosswinds!

I was landing yesterday at Byron with turbulent winds coming down off the Altamont mountains at 38 gusting to 44 KT from 200ļ, making runway 23 the favorable one with a crosswind component of...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,347
Posted By rongawer
Here's an updated

I'm going to be moving my airplane to the airport in a couple weeks, but it's essentially done.

This is my panel with the canopy...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 682
Posted By rongawer
That’s a good question to ask. Aeroquip has a...

That’s a good question to ask. Aeroquip has a nice explanation right here:
https://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Torque_Spec_Aluminum_Fittings.pdf

The easiest way to remember, and the one I use, is the...
Forum: RV-10 05-28-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 950
Posted By rongawer
It might be that the stops are configured in the...

It might be that the stops are configured in the VP-X different than the PFD (Iím assuming you have an EFIS).

The VPX software has a trim configuration tool. I recommend connecting a laptop to the...
Forum: RV-12 05-23-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By rongawer
Wait a second...

Two throttle controls for the same engine? Even if you could come up with a “rube goldberg” type spring & lever assembly, which throttle control would be the master? Disregarding any means that it...
Forum: RV-12 05-22-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By rongawer
While I like Cleaveland Tools, I want to put a...

While I like Cleaveland Tools, I want to put a plug in for Planetools.com. Isham has excellent customer support and will work with you to put together any package of tools you may want. He has...
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,218
Posted By rongawer
Sounds like the spray solution worked, so good....

Sounds like the spray solution worked, so good. For the bushings at the very aft end of the empennage, you'd have to either cut in a new access port or remove the HS counterweight to allow access...
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,218
Posted By rongawer
Yes, it is. Also, you can buy the bushings for...

Yes, it is.

Also, you can buy the bushings for about 15Ę each; I recommend replacing them every couple years as itís very easy to do .
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,218
Posted By rongawer
The rudder cables on an RV lay slack when not...

The rudder cables on an RV lay slack when not under tension, so contact with the bushings is normal.

You might try wiping the cable down with something like LPS-2 or other heavy lubricant, and then...
Forum: RV-12 05-12-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,332
Posted By rongawer
Thatís B-E-A-utiful Paul!

Thatís B-E-A-utiful Paul!
Forum: RV-12 05-10-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,726
Posted By rongawer
That's what I was going to say... Inspirational...

That's what I was going to say...

Inspirational Mike! Congratulations! Nice grass too.
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,332
Posted By rongawer
Paul - that is gorgeous! Glad you finally got it...

Paul - that is gorgeous! Glad you finally got it home. Canít wait to see it in person.
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,163
Posted By rongawer
I have my checklist “N975G_Checklist.ace” file,...

I have my checklist “N975G_Checklist.ace” file, saved to the root folder of my SD card, which I keep in the PFD. On startup, the G3X reads the file and makes it available for the checklist tab. Works...
Forum: RV-12 04-29-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,828
Posted By rongawer
iPhone...works great with level app; accurate to...

iPhone...works great with level app; accurate to 0.1 degrees.
Forum: RV-12 04-05-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,547
Posted By rongawer
I considered the Viking canopy skirt, but then I...

I considered the Viking canopy skirt, but then I discovered itís nearly $400 with delivery and decided to do it myself. Iím pretty happy with it and realize that it was more mental than physical and...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,547
Posted By rongawer
Log time

I spent 17 hours total, which includes 2 hours of time researching how to do the job and then buying the right materials; this was the first time Iíve built something from fiberglass.

The first day...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By rongawer
Glad to help. The ETX BMS does a lot, but the...

Glad to help.

The ETX BMS does a lot, but the output fault only provides two indications, excerpt: “The fault output has two states; slow flashing (5 second on/ 5 second off) or solid.” That’s all...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By rongawer
Battery Fault on G3X

DISCLAIMER: my advice is for E-AB or E-LSA that is already airworthy.

I’m not familiar with any special widgets, however the instructions to define a discrete input is in Section 34.4.26.2.2...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By rongawer
Irregardless of the airplane, the EarthX...

Irregardless of the airplane, the EarthX batteries with BMS have a single output that provides a “fault” signal that you can configure to a discrete input. On the GEA24 (engine monitor for the G3X),...
Forum: RV-12 03-11-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,930
Posted By rongawer
Affected Aircraft

Guys, it’s pretty clear in the “Affected Models” paragraph of the Notification:

“RV-12 ELSA Aircraft that have not received an airworthiness certificate but have received an RV-12 DOC PACKET shipped...
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 944
Posted By rongawer
Talking Understanding that there are S-LSA RV-12ís, they...

Understanding that there are S-LSA RV-12ís, they would require the inspection rating, but for experimental, itís the owner. Although technically, your drinking buddy could sign it off, assuming you...
Forum: RV-12 02-15-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,082
Posted By rongawer
Good photos. Very informative. I like the dual...

Good photos. Very informative. I like the dual heater valve ports, at least thatís what they look like to me.
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 819
Posted By rongawer
Mine look like Paulís. I measure my gap at 1/32Ē.

Mine look like Paulís. I measure my gap at 1/32Ē.
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,876
Posted By rongawer
Other airplanes for reference

12:1 sounds reasonable to me with the prop stopped; probably closer 10:1 if the prop is still spinning (due to the extra drag).

For reference, my Baron B58 with feathered props is 10.5:1 and the...
Forum: RV-12 02-02-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,908
Posted By rongawer
Jacks

A very common cause of radio noise is the headset jacks. It could be that youíre getting a temperature induced ground, or it could just be movement of wires or shielding. Iíd check the jack...
Forum: RV-12 01-25-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
I can't speak to power from a Rotax, but I can...

I can't speak to power from a Rotax, but I can share what my avionics package uses for reference. With everything turned on, it pulls about 7.6A in steady state with a peak of bout 9.3A when...
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,417
Posted By rongawer
New, old fork

I have an unused, old style fork. PM me if you want it.
Forum: RV-12 01-10-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. I chose to use a single piece and cut it...

Thanks. I chose to use a single piece and cut it out myself, but retained all of the factory mounting holes and braces. It is admittedly a little overkill for an RV-12, but I thought, "why not?".
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
VERY helpful! Thank you!

VERY helpful! Thank you!
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
Sorry for the image size; it’s quite a silly...

Sorry for the image size; it’s quite a silly dance you have to go through to post a photo on this forum. My one request would be to allow just posting photos here.

Soap box statements aside, here’s...
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
I installed a GTN625, which is physically the...

I installed a GTN625, which is physically the same size. The 650 needs a second power supply and antenna set and would be very doable.
Forum: RV-12 01-03-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,607
Posted By rongawer
I think youíre going to find multiple threads...

I think youíre going to find multiple threads that discuss this topic, however the short synopsis is that you can alter an E-AB airplane out of LSA configuration and keep flying it E-AB - just not by...
Forum: RV-10 01-02-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,583
Posted By rongawer
Stall Warner

As others have said, the stall horn is pretty much useless if you have an AOA and ANR headsets, however, I’d still recommend installing the stall warner itself, but ditch the horn and just wire it as...
Forum: RV-12 01-01-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,289
Posted By rongawer
Itís a struggle

Itís 57 here today...itís a struggle, but weíre making it through. ha.
Forum: RV-12 12-27-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,790
Posted By rongawer
As noted, it does work on flush rivets. The...

As noted, it does work on flush rivets. The serrated nose piece bites in well, just place it firmly before you start the drill. The more expensive tool that ACS sells comes with the serrated tips;...
Forum: RV-12 12-26-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,790
Posted By rongawer
I second the blind rivet removal tool. Itís made...

I second the blind rivet removal tool. Itís made by ATS and works very well. The tool head bites into the rivet head and holds the rivet from spinning while you drill out the center. Iíd give it five...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,357
Posted By rongawer
I have the GTN625; nice unit. Although it may...

I have the GTN625; nice unit. Although it may seem pricey, I bought it for about $4900 when I got a G3X at the same time. I’d guess you can still get a deal if you talk to a major Garmin dealer, like...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,151
Posted By rongawer
I have not experienced this, however, I recommend...

I have not experienced this, however, I recommend pulling all of the tunnel covers and inspecting the the system before you fly again. If there isnít anything that has obviously worn or is binding,...
Forum: RV-12 12-20-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,864
Posted By rongawer
I love my washer wrenches; I have the Avery set -...

I love my washer wrenches; I have the Avery set - now sold by Cleaveland Tools - itís a great purchase. The problem is that on the HS, itís a real pain to do unless you have other folks to help hold...
Forum: RV-12 12-20-2017, 01:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,607
Posted By rongawer
It’s almost to the point of humorous... a guy...

It’s almost to the point of humorous... a guy asks if anyone has experience with a prop and immediately there is a flurry of activity by the LSA police...without actually answering the...
Forum: RV-12 12-19-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,864
Posted By rongawer
Close tolerance fit

It is a snug fit, by design. You don’t want your HS flopping about. ;)

About the only advice I can offer is to use 416L washers, and if that’s still too snug, then remove the paint you have where...
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,859
Posted By rongawer
Yes. Dimple away...

Yes. Dimple away...
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,862
Posted By rongawer
Probably not the answer youíre looking for, but I...

Probably not the answer youíre looking for, but I just used a good olí rivet gun and bucking bar. Worked like a champ and only took a few minutes to do them all.
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,090
Posted By rongawer
I'm not familiar with Stein's kit, but likely a...

I'm not familiar with Stein's kit, but likely a good one. However, directly to your question regarding molex pins at the pitch trim servo, these are inexpensive, yet very good quality and will do all...
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,430
Posted By rongawer
Sounds like you’re on the right track. The SB...

Sounds like you’re on the right track.

The SB is for fuselages from sometime in 2014 and earlier. I just saw the drawing and remembered it; you should be fine.
Forum: RV-12 12-10-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,430
Posted By rongawer
You do need to dimple nutplate holes, which are...

You do need to dimple nutplate holes, which are #40, not #30; you’ll want to dimple every hole that matches up with the baggage floor, except for the screw holes. Later on, you’ll find out that...
Forum: RV-12 12-06-2017, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,382
Posted By rongawer
Nice Joe. When does the engine show up?

Nice Joe. When does the engine show up?
Forum: RV-12 12-03-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,628
Posted By rongawer
Iwiss Crimper

With the right tool, the micro molexís go together fairly easily and are a reliable connector thatís easy to assemble and disconnect. The right tool for this job is available for about $23 on Amazon....
Forum: RV-12 12-02-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 22,417
Posted By rongawer
ok, I’ll bite, it’s divergent from the thread,...

ok, I’ll bite, it’s divergent from the thread, but you keep making statements that don’t appear to be factual. Both the 912iS and the UL Power engine use a permanent magnet alternator, both use a...
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