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Forum: RV-12 10-19-2017, 05:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 790
Posted By John-G
Art ... you have received good suggestions so...

Art ... you have received good suggestions so far. I would also like to add take a very close look at the throttle return springs attached to the throttle arm ... they have a propensity to break over...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,801
Posted By John-G
+4 regarding the use of rivnuts on an aircraft....

+4 regarding the use of rivnuts on an aircraft. For the record there are no rivnuts on my RV-12 because of the previously mentioned long term issues with them .... was just providing an answer to the...
Forum: RV-12 10-14-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,801
Posted By John-G
David, Aircraft Spruce has an inexpensive rivet...

David,

Aircraft Spruce has an inexpensive rivet nut setting tool and also sells the rivet nuts keyed and unkeyed.

Here is a link to the tool:...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-09-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By John-G
Problem Fixed

Thanks to all who replied confirming the weather problem I was experiencing was local to me ... also thanks for the helpful tips. Today I called Garmin support for Pilot (866-739-5687 option #2) and...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-07-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By John-G
Thanks for the reply and the Garmin contact info....

Thanks for the reply and the Garmin contact info. ... No have not Emailed or called Garmin support yet. The issue started a little over two days ago and not having installed any new apps or done any...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-07-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By John-G
Garmin Pilot - Weather data services stopped working

Just curious if I'm the only person experiencing a recent loss of weather info with Garmin Pilot?

As of a few days ago all weather related info stopped displaying on my Garmin Pilot app installed on...
Forum: RV-12 09-24-2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By John-G
Brett ... it is a tight fit to be sure. You may...

Brett ... it is a tight fit to be sure. You may want to try cutting away a little more of the white blocks to to make the slots wider ... this will give you a little more room. Next attempt to really...
Forum: RV-12 09-23-2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,482
Posted By John-G
I agree, the Aircraft Specialty fuel hoses for...

I agree, the Aircraft Specialty fuel hoses for the RV-12 are a top notch product ... I too am very pleased with them.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,314
Posted By John-G
Rob ... I installed a second landing light in...

Rob ...

I installed a second landing light in my left wing because I too wanted wig-wag operation. In addition to running the power and pulse wires to the additional landing light, all that is...
Forum: RV-12 09-10-2017, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,377
Posted By John-G
Congratulations! Hope you have many hours of...

Congratulations! Hope you have many hours of pleasure in the coming years.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-08-2017, 06:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,637
Posted By John-G
Check wing skin aft of rear spar

I'm not sure if this will help you .... but I'll throw it out there for you to consider. My RV-12 had a slightly heavy left wing which was solved by tweaking the wing skin aft of the rear spar. A...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By John-G
I'll begin by saying I have no hands on...

I'll begin by saying I have no hands on experience with your landing gear ... but the first thing that came to mind is that the check valves inside the pump unit must be allowing hydraulic fluid to...
Forum: RV-12 08-26-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,807
Posted By John-G
Thanks for clarifying that Scott ... I was not...

Thanks for clarifying that Scott ... I was not aware there was an additional change to the muffler design after the switch to the straight down exhaust design ... of which my RV-12 was one of the...
Forum: RV-12 08-26-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,807
Posted By John-G
Kukla ... I don't remember there being any steps...

Kukla ... I don't remember there being any steps in mounting the engine that were difficult ... it is very straight forward actually.

For drilling the 3/8" holes into the firewall, I did use a...
Forum: RV-12 08-26-2017, 05:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,120
Posted By John-G
David, My first ADSB-470 box did not work...

David,

My first ADSB-470 box did not work either. When looking at the settings for Port 2 (or whatever port yours is attached to) you should be seeing BOTH the Rx and Tx counters increment … mine...
Forum: RV-12 08-25-2017, 06:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,734
Posted By John-G
You are correct about the part number of 4112...

You are correct about the part number of 4112 being a non steeping version .... I have one of those as well. Apparently, at one time they came in different versions spade leads and wired .... there...
Forum: RV-12 08-24-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,734
Posted By John-G
Tom .... Just curious as to why you find the...

Tom .... Just curious as to why you find the voltage stepping on the Silent Hektik F-4118 regulator objectionable? My understanding is that the voltage stepping is also beneficial for AGM batteries...
Forum: RV-12 08-22-2017, 06:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,982
Posted By John-G
Kyle -- To deselect the monitoring of the AP...

Kyle -- To deselect the monitoring of the AP disconnect wire enter the Setup Menu (press buttons 7 & 8 simultaneously) then scroll down and select Autopilot Setup. When in the Autopilot setup menu...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2017, 06:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,982
Posted By John-G
Alex .... Actually, with the 5 K resistor being...

Alex .... Actually, with the 5 K resistor being on the AV50000 module it insures the continuity of all the wires in the disconnect path because the disconnect originates from pin 15 which is the 5K...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,982
Posted By John-G
Resurrecting this old thread … for I too have...

Resurrecting this old thread … for I too have been experiencing the “autopilot disconnect broken” warning message on the SkyView. Although I do not have a solution beyond what has been previously...
Forum: RV-12 08-18-2017, 06:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,215
Posted By John-G
I used a long piece of 1/8" thick aluminum bar...

I used a long piece of 1/8" thick aluminum bar stock as a spacer taped so it was tight to the prop backing plate and adjusted the fit of the cowls accordingly. Also waited until the engine was hung...
Forum: RV-12 08-14-2017, 09:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,547
Posted By John-G
Rob -- Yes, the landing light lens can be a...

Rob --
Yes, the landing light lens can be a challenge to be sure. I have had the lens on both my landing lights on & off a couple of times and have found a fairly easy way to accomplish the task all...
Forum: RV-12 08-12-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,544
Posted By John-G
Panel mounting PAI 700 compass a failure.

Update: Instillation of Precision Aviation Inc. PAI 700 compass in the RV-12 instrument panel is a failure. However, an Airpath C2300 whiskey compass works just fine …. Go figure!

As mentioned in...
Forum: RV-12 08-12-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,547
Posted By John-G
Rob, My guess is since the much improved RV-12...

Rob,

My guess is since the much improved RV-12 seen at Oshkosh has a left landing light, you could also install one ... with an OK from Van's just to make sure. If they say no not for the 912ULS...
Forum: RV-12 08-11-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,764
Posted By John-G
In a situation with a total radio failure and all...

In a situation with a total radio failure and all else is working fine... wondering how well a hand held would get out using the ELT's antenna cable connected to the hand held?

On the RV-12...
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,232
Posted By John-G
Doug - You have the general idea .... I would...

Doug - You have the general idea ....

I would suggest trying to first get an idle speed that is in the ballpark using Van's suggested idle speed range. Moving forward, while adjusting the...
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,873
Posted By John-G
Lukla, I do not remember stumbling across any...

Lukla,

I do not remember stumbling across any gotchas during the instillation of the Dynon SkyView, Knobs and associated goodies ... everything is pretty much straight forward. If memory serves me...
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 05:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,232
Posted By John-G
Doug ... when using the CarbMate one carb becomes...

Doug ... when using the CarbMate one carb becomes the "reference" and the other carb is adjusted to match it. It really does not matter which carb is the reference as long as the other carb is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 85,301
Posted By John-G
Vlad, Have been following your epic journey and...

Vlad,

Have been following your epic journey and have thoroughly enjoyed all the great photos along with reading about all the interesting places you visited along the way.

I have friends in MI a...
Forum: RV-12 07-22-2017, 06:55 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,225
Posted By John-G
Ron - A word of caution: I looked into the unit...

Ron - A word of caution: I looked into the unit you are using a little while ago and ruled it out ... the manufactures web site for the product says "NOT FOR GASOLINE!".

I would caution others...
Forum: RV-12 07-21-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 888
Posted By John-G
Mike - I realize the following suggestion will...

Mike - I realize the following suggestion will not help your immediate concerns ... however, that said, I found purchasing the Van's RV-12 CD to be very helpful because it contains all the build...
Forum: RV-12 07-21-2017, 04:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 888
Posted By John-G
This is why I wholeheartedly suggest printing the...

This is why I wholeheartedly suggest printing the four quadrants & center matrix blown-up on at least 4' x 3' paper. Typically one only chases one or two wires at a time from either the Options or...
Forum: RV-12 07-21-2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 888
Posted By John-G
Mike - The two wire bundles you are referring...

Mike - The two wire bundles you are referring have connector shells that are marked fuselage and options.

Looking at the wiring drawing for the RV-12, you will see both the fuselage and options...
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2017, 07:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,793
Posted By John-G
Looking forward to meeting other builders as well...

Looking forward to meeting other builders as well ... I'll try to be there too.
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2017, 07:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 716
Posted By John-G
A few years back when I got my demo ride I was...

A few years back when I got my demo ride I was there Monday morning when the gates opened and sprinted to the Van's tent. Amazingly, quite a few people were already there but I did get my name on the...
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2017, 06:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,133
Posted By John-G
Jim- My powerplant kit was one of the very first...

Jim- My powerplant kit was one of the very first kits shipped after Van's made the change to the exhaust system that moved the muffler a little further from the oil cooler. Kits shipped prior to mine...
Forum: RV-12 07-10-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By John-G
Jack -- Judging by the description of your high...

Jack -- Judging by the description of your high current event I would suspect it was a result of a slightly low battery. The Rotax engine's power source is not like an automotive alternator where...
Forum: RV-12 07-09-2017, 06:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By John-G
John, You may want to consider doing what I did...

John,

You may want to consider doing what I did .... in addition to downloading and installing one of the free readers on the home desktop computer, I also wanted the wiring drawing printed on...
Forum: RV-12 06-27-2017, 11:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,183
Posted By John-G
It is inside the VA-216 hose unless you have a...

It is inside the VA-216 hose unless you have a modified fuel system. Have a look at page 46-11 in the plans.

Also have a look at page 46-09 and verify that the pilot jet was removed from the banjo...
Forum: RV-12 06-27-2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,183
Posted By John-G
If it turns out that the high fuel pressure is...

If it turns out that the high fuel pressure is actually correct (verified with a gauge) then the next item you may want to have a look at would be verifying the tiny orifice in the fuel return line...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By John-G
Bob, My suggestion would be to apply the glass...

Bob,

My suggestion would be to apply the glass and wait until the resin begins to kick off. When the resin gets past the point of being runny and begins stiffening up yet is still soft and...
Forum: RV-12 06-05-2017, 05:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,776
Posted By John-G
Congratulations!!!! Well done! Enjoy your new...

Congratulations!!!! Well done! Enjoy your new ride and the many hours of pleasure about to come your way ... the fruits of your labor.
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,401
Posted By John-G
Lukla, the JetFlex W/R paint does NOT have to be...

Lukla, the JetFlex W/R paint does NOT have to be used with AKZO. I just mentioned that because it is a popular primer with builders that is super easy to spray. Suggest spraying test pieces to...
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,401
Posted By John-G
Lukla ... for interior paint I used the water...

Lukla ... for interior paint I used the water reducible version of JetFlex and had very good results after figuring out how to spray it. It was sprayed onto parts primed with AKZO.

The water...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 888
Posted By John-G
Nor I really ... but they had the plane and my...

Nor I really ... but they had the plane and my insurance required time in the RV-12, so I bit the bullet. I will say the instructing was top notch, but all things considered, you are right, it is...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 888
Posted By John-G
Have a look at Scanlon Aviation in Novado located...

Have a look at Scanlon Aviation in Novado located at Gnoss Field (KDVO). I received my RV-12 transition training there.
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,533
Posted By John-G
Sounds like a classic example of winter blended...

Sounds like a classic example of winter blended auto fuel being used when the temps get warmer and causing a little vaporlock.

Would suggest you temporally blend some 100 LL with the auto fuel (have...
Forum: RV-12 05-28-2017, 05:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,509
Posted By John-G
Congratulations .... looks really nice! Makes me...

Congratulations .... looks really nice! Makes me wish I would have painted prior to final assembly.
Forum: RV-12 05-21-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,380
Posted By John-G
Thanks for the info Rich .... that is good to...

Thanks for the info Rich .... that is good to know. If that's the case, may toss my comb as well because it certainly adds A LOT of friction.
Forum: RV-12 05-21-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,380
Posted By John-G
Chris - Yes, the comb does add a large amount of...

Chris - Yes, the comb does add a large amount of friction.

Admittedly, I have not yet played with the cabin heat while in flight. (All my flight days thus far have been warm). However, I suspect the...
Forum: RV-12 05-21-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,544
Posted By John-G
Doug, Yes, I have a panel mounted compass backup...

Doug,

Yes, I have a panel mounted compass backup plan in addition to the phone/tablet I will have in the cockpit. I knew going into it that a panel mounted vertical card compass can be finicky to...
Forum: RV-12 05-20-2017, 06:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 582
Posted By John-G
Lukla - Yes you are correct ... figure 1 on page...

Lukla - Yes you are correct ... figure 1 on page 44A-03 applies to both the roll and pitch servos. Reread step 3 ... "Insert the wires from each Dynon AP SV32 Autopilot Servo into an ES-00009 Molex...
Forum: RV-12 05-18-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,544
Posted By John-G
Doug, To answer your question about the compass...

Doug,

To answer your question about the compass .... I don't know yet. I have finally gotten all the bugs out of my RV-12 except for being able to swing the compass. As of now, the north/south is...
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2017, 07:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,990
Posted By John-G
MadMaveric - I too vote to wait until the engine...

MadMaveric - I too vote to wait until the engine is mounted before doing the final fitting of your cowl.

That said, I can appreciate your conundrum ... I too was working out of a small work area (17...
Forum: Autopilots 05-13-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,136
Posted By John-G
Make test wires for the D-Sub connectors

Rob,

My only suggestion for your immediate issue is to verify that the pins in the D-Sub connector associated with the servo motor are not pushing back into the body of the connector. I have seen...
Forum: RV-12 05-08-2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,082
Posted By John-G
Hi Tom, While building my RV-12 the EAA tech...

Hi Tom,

While building my RV-12 the EAA tech councilors consulted to do periodic inspections during the build gave me a suggestion that seems to have merit when doing the gear alignment.

The...
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,238
Posted By John-G
Congratulations Paul!!!! Kinda hard to hold back...

Congratulations Paul!!!! Kinda hard to hold back that first flight "RV Grin" isn't it!
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 720
Posted By John-G
Marteck - I'm pretty sure there is a Molex pin...

Marteck - I'm pretty sure there is a Molex pin removable tool that can be purchased .... however, I've had good luck in the past using a very very thin shafted jewelers screwdriver. It takes a...
Forum: RV-12 05-03-2017, 11:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By John-G
Doug - below are links to my Blog that, by in...

Doug - below are links to my Blog that, by in large, cover the parking brake...
Forum: RV-12 05-03-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By John-G
Yes

Edward,

Yes, I have Aircraft Specialty fuel lines on my RV-12. The fuel lines were installed during the build (yes, I built E-AB) and are very high quality products. I also had Aircraft specialty...
Forum: RV-12 04-30-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,110
Posted By John-G
Yes wiring instructions are wrong

Yes , I too discovered there is a trim motor wiring error in the plans. I installed the Dynon AP Panel during the avionics install and wanted to verify the wiring was correct after inserting the...
Forum: RV-12 04-30-2017, 06:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 763
Posted By John-G
Dave, Ditto what Kyle said. That said, on the...

Dave,

Ditto what Kyle said.

That said, on the surface of things I see no issues with cutting the fitting as you suggest based on the reason you describe. However, that could be seen as (and is) a...
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