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Forum: RV-12 09-27-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,960
Posted By Chrysopelea
Just out of curiosity, how fast does the 3300...

Just out of curiosity, how fast does the 3300 powered RV12 fly at? It seems like it might be able to cruise above VNE with the right prop while still retaining good climb characteristics.

A...
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 29,913
Posted By Chrysopelea
You are undoubtedly correct. I've only seen...

You are undoubtedly correct.

I've only seen the little trim servo, and I mistakenly took that as the autopilot servo.
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,611
Posted By Chrysopelea
Upon a recent pre-flight check, I found my...

Upon a recent pre-flight check, I found my overflow tank tube cracked in the same manner as in your pic.

I did the same, removed, cut 3/4" off, and reinstalled. This IMO should hopefully hold...
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2016, 04:38 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 29,913
Posted By Chrysopelea
I stand corrected. Thanks for the...

I stand corrected.

Thanks for the information.

I'm amazed at how small the servos are, for a full scale plane I expected substantial servos, but they are no bigger than the model plane servos I...
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2016, 02:26 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 29,913
Posted By Chrysopelea
I own an SLSA, and haven't built a 12, but i...

I own an SLSA, and haven't built a 12, but i THINK the autopilot only controls the trim tab on the FF stabilator.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2016, 07:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,812
Posted By Chrysopelea
I had a momentary low pressure experience a while...

I had a momentary low pressure experience a while back. Climbing out, the Dynon read 1-2 lbs pressure, but after a minute or two it was back at 5.5-5.8 lbs. Engine didn't skip a beat so I figured it...
Forum: RV-12 09-14-2016, 04:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 29,913
Posted By Chrysopelea
How heavy are these tips?

How heavy are these tips?
Forum: RV-12 09-12-2016, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,161
Posted By Chrysopelea
On my safety wired springs, I've replaced 2...

On my safety wired springs, I've replaced 2 springs so far, and fixed 4 safety wires, all were RTV'd (before and after), save for the last one because I didn't have any RTV handy when putting the...
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2016, 09:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,161
Posted By Chrysopelea
The muffler on my 12 is also a little grungy. I...

The muffler on my 12 is also a little grungy. I think it just goes with being what it is.

Maybe painting it, or having it ceramic coated would clean things up, but on mine, over time, oil,...
Forum: RV-12 09-04-2016, 07:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,604
Posted By Chrysopelea
Loving mine!

Loving mine!
Forum: RV-12 09-02-2016, 05:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,956
Posted By Chrysopelea
I think simple green CAN affect bare aluminum, if...

I think simple green CAN affect bare aluminum, if not wiped or dried quickly. If I remember correctly I was told Simple green was aggressive to my mag wheels on one of my old race cars years ago,...
Forum: RV-12 09-02-2016, 05:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,792
Posted By Chrysopelea
Too much tow-in can scrub tires very quickly for...

Too much tow-in can scrub tires very quickly for sure.

tow-out can make for squirly handling, so I'd say a little extra tow-in (which wants to make the plane go straight) and tire wear is better...
Forum: RV-12 09-02-2016, 05:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By Chrysopelea
Upon further inspection, it looks like the leak...

Upon further inspection, it looks like the leak was caused by an improperly placed clamp on the short 3" tube from the expansion tank to the elbow on top of the head.

I saw seepage, but it really...
Forum: RV-12 09-01-2016, 09:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,792
Posted By Chrysopelea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFCTIIPuACM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFCTIIPuACM
Forum: RV-12 09-01-2016, 09:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By Chrysopelea
Ran the plane up to temp today, idling at my...

Ran the plane up to temp today, idling at my hangar, and took it to my mechanic (a stone's throw away literally), and found the plane still leaking.

Upon closer inspection, he found the leak was...
Forum: RV-12 08-30-2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By Chrysopelea
OK, I have misnamed the two tanks. I'm having...

OK, I have misnamed the two tanks.


I'm having him do the repairs, so as to have the repair done by a Rotax authorized mechanic.

This way there's no question about anything.
Forum: RV-12 08-30-2016, 09:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By Chrysopelea
It's leaking from the rubber tube where it...

It's leaking from the rubber tube where it connects to the elbow that comes out of the bottom of the head.

I titled the thread "Murphy's Law" because nothing happened during the annual that could...
Forum: RV-12 08-29-2016, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By Chrysopelea
Here's the hose that's leaking I think, it's...

Here's the hose that's leaking I think, it's number 7 in the pic when you scroll down to "cooling system", and leaking at the head end of the hose, OR the elbow is...
Forum: RV-12 08-29-2016, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By Chrysopelea
My mechanic is a Rotax trained mechanic. Not...

My mechanic is a Rotax trained mechanic.

Not sure if replacing a small hose is something I'm not allowed to do myself. I'd consider that "regular maintenance", which I believe I CAN do. I've...
Forum: RV-12 08-29-2016, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,103
Posted By Chrysopelea
Murphy's law

Just bought my RV12 a few months ago. Been taking lessons, with everything being fine. Roughly 160 hours total time on plane and engine (2013 model SLSA)

My annual came due, and I assisted the...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2016, 12:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
I feel like I nailed it as well. From all the...

I feel like I nailed it as well.

From all the data I've gathered here, and the performance of the plane, and numbers all matching what others say is the "sweet spot'', plus, I got 127 TAS knots, so...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
After adjusting the pitch, I cannot describe to...

After adjusting the pitch, I cannot describe to you just how much smoother my plane is running! What a huge difference.

Gained some performance too!
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2016, 01:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,323
Posted By Chrysopelea
This was the first time it has happened that I've...

This was the first time it has happened that I've noticed. Since I'm pretty sure it's a sensor issue, I'm going to fly it a couple times to see if it happens again before doing anything.

I KNOW...
Forum: RV-12 08-18-2016, 06:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,962
Posted By Chrysopelea
You could also have it custom upholstered with...

You could also have it custom upholstered with different material, or make a "foot pad'' so when you step on the seat you don't soil it.
Forum: RV-12 08-17-2016, 10:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
I called Vans and they sent me the tool, it was...

I called Vans and they sent me the tool, it was like $8 and they sent it quickly (if you're talking about the prop pitch tool that they sell).
Forum: RV-12 08-17-2016, 06:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,323
Posted By Chrysopelea
I was using 91 octane premium (Chevron) in my...

I was using 91 octane premium (Chevron) in my plane when I experienced this .

I THINK it's non ethanol, but in CA, often there's 10% in gas at pumps..

I was told to use Chevron from a busy...
Forum: RV-12 08-16-2016, 04:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,323
Posted By Chrysopelea
Thanks for the advice. I will rethink this...

Thanks for the advice. I will rethink this act.

Having the fuel pressure drop on takeoff and climbout is unnerving I must say.

I have checked pressures with and without the electric pump...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2016, 10:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,323
Posted By Chrysopelea
It was actually one of the cooler days we've had...

It was actually one of the cooler days we've had a lesson, and we landed, and taxied around and took back off, never stopping the engine.

It does sound like a possible vapor lock, as the engine...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2016, 06:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,323
Posted By Chrysopelea
Bad sensor???

Today, during my lesson, my plane and engine flew perfectly, but after landing at one airport, on takeoff I glanced at my Skyview and it showed fuel pressure REALLY low, like 1.9, bouncing around...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2016, 06:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
OK, I took another lesson today, and took notes...

OK, I took another lesson today, and took notes of my RPM's, and then forgot to bring the data home.

I have an excuse though, I found a coolant leak, and so for the next hour and a half we were...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,283
Posted By Chrysopelea
The water pumps pump that water out lol. What?...

The water pumps pump that water out lol. What? Your steps don't have internal condensation water pumps?

Mine has one of these in each...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2016, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,283
Posted By Chrysopelea
Bumping another old thread. There's a great...

Bumping another old thread.

There's a great glue called "Amazing Goop" which I believe used to be called "Shoe Goo" when I was younger (same product as far as I'm concerned) but it's a rubber based...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 29,913
Posted By Chrysopelea
Bumping an old thread, but these tips look SO...

Bumping an old thread, but these tips look SO tempting to me I may not be able to control myself and get a set (if they're still available).

My plane is an SLSA so I'll need to check with Vans...
Forum: RV-12 08-14-2016, 08:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,706
Posted By Chrysopelea
I'm looking forward to getting my license and...

I'm looking forward to getting my license and using my autopilot.
Forum: RV-12 08-14-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,706
Posted By Chrysopelea
Speaking from experience with flying model...

Speaking from experience with flying model sailplanes, dynamic soaring, where we hold the world speed record for ALL model aircraft (504mph I believe) where we maintain huge circles on ridges in high...
Forum: RV-12 08-13-2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
If I remember correctly, those are the RPM's I...

If I remember correctly, those are the RPM's I got at WOT flying flat and level, 5500 or 5600. True airspeed was 120-125, right around there.

Usually the RPM's are at or around 5000-5100 for...
Forum: RV-12 08-13-2016, 06:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
I will report back on Monday with my WOT RPM's. ...

I will report back on Monday with my WOT RPM's.

They were right in the ballpark from what I've read here, I just forget the actual number.

I did a quick runup on the ground, just enough to know...
Forum: RV-12 08-13-2016, 07:54 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
Flew yesterday for the first time in a month and...

Flew yesterday for the first time in a month and a half!

I still remember how to fly, that's a good thing.

Static runup got me around 4950-5000, and performance was great. In the air,...
Forum: RV-12 08-11-2016, 08:42 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 37,407
Posted By Chrysopelea
I'm in for sure!

I'm in for sure!
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2016, 09:09 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
I reset the blades late yesterday. I kind of...

I reset the blades late yesterday.

I kind of split the numbers.

I was getting around 5000 static, so I added a degree to one and removed a degree from the other, but got both blades reading...
Forum: RV-12 08-07-2016, 04:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
OK, I just checked my pitch, using the method in...

OK, I just checked my pitch, using the method in the pics in the previous post, measuring from the backside of the prop.

Also, I measured a little further in towards the center, at the edge of the...
Forum: RV-12 08-06-2016, 08:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,122
Posted By Chrysopelea
Prop Pitch

I got to fly a friend's RV12, and noticed it was a bit smoother.

I've been reading up here everything I can about prop pitch, and static and WOT RPM's. Static, I got 5000 RPM, haven't checked the...
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2016, 03:46 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 37,407
Posted By Chrysopelea
To me, we're talking about two things here. One...

To me, we're talking about two things here. One is keeping the canopy from blowing open when it's shimmed up by the latch, maybe while taxiing or stationary, and then there's the other thing which...
Forum: RV-12 07-25-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 37,407
Posted By Chrysopelea
I'm not sure if it's been suggested yet, but I'm...

I'm not sure if it's been suggested yet, but I'm thinking of installing some safety cables to help keep the canopy from over-opening when open, if a wind gust or anything of the like happened.

The...
Forum: RV-12 07-25-2016, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,722
Posted By Chrysopelea
Can someone clarify, because my plane is in for...

Can someone clarify, because my plane is in for it's annual right now. It's a 2013 model, and the mechanic showed me a service bulletin that showed my serial number falling into that of those...
Forum: RV-12 07-20-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,218
Posted By Chrysopelea
Does this mean all I need is my drivers license...

Does this mean all I need is my drivers license to get my 3rd class license?

I'm in good health, but have a mechanical heart valve, and diabetes, and someday I want to get my full private...
Forum: RV-12 07-20-2016, 08:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,080
Posted By Chrysopelea
And Spoilerons! lol

And Spoilerons! lol
Forum: RV-12 07-19-2016, 08:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,080
Posted By Chrysopelea
We own such a cool plane! It has cool named...

We own such a cool plane!

It has cool named things like Flaperons and Stabilator!
Forum: RV-12 07-19-2016, 07:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,080
Posted By Chrysopelea
Is this referring to the rudder cables? Mine are...

Is this referring to the rudder cables? Mine are loose unless there's pressure on the pedals. Wondering if my plane is set up properly.
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,218
Posted By Chrysopelea
Having had open heart surgery and mechanical...

Having had open heart surgery and mechanical valve installed, I'm in great health now and could pass a medical, but NO WAY I'm going near trying and not passing for some reason and getting grounded...
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2016, 05:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,024
Posted By Chrysopelea
Having just bought a near new (150 hours) SLSA...

Having just bought a near new (150 hours) SLSA 12, this thread has been very informative.

My annual is scheduled for the 11th of next month, and I have the OK to pull the covers and pants, (if the...
Forum: RV-12 04-26-2016, 10:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,889
Posted By Chrysopelea
25 hours if you run on leaded fuel. 50 if you...

25 hours if you run on leaded fuel. 50 if you run on 91/93 premium auto fuel. It is written.

I run only auto fuel, and plan to change the oi at 25, oil and filter at 50.
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2016, 11:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,440
Posted By Chrysopelea
Tighten the schrader valves, and add Green Slime,...

Tighten the schrader valves, and add Green Slime, and you shouldn't ever have a problem again.
Forum: RV-12 04-22-2016, 03:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,313
Posted By Chrysopelea
How exactly is an airplane prop balanced? Is...

How exactly is an airplane prop balanced?

Is it removed from the plane?

I've balanced a thousand model plane props, but wondered how the big ones were done.

I've also read about dynamic...
Forum: RV-12 04-16-2016, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,220
Posted By Chrysopelea
alternator or voltage regulator. sounds like...

alternator or voltage regulator. sounds like you're getting varying voltages at varying rpms.
Forum: RV-12 04-10-2016, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,003
Posted By Chrysopelea
Just drained 20 gallons out of my tank the other...

Just drained 20 gallons out of my tank the other day. Wish we'd thought of using the electric fuel pump, because it took all day and a night to fully drain every last drop! lol
Forum: RV-12 03-24-2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,951
Posted By Chrysopelea
Today's lesson went off without a hitch! A...

Today's lesson went off without a hitch!

A monumental day for me. If you'd known me 16 years ago, you wouldn'y have thought I'd live another year, then open heart surgery last year, lots of life...
Forum: RV-12 03-24-2016, 03:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,951
Posted By Chrysopelea
We got everything fixed on N232VA! Drained 20...

We got everything fixed on N232VA! Drained 20 gallons of fuel, no way I'm taking a chance on water in the fuel due to a mal-adjusted gas cap, and delivery and sitting in the rain.

Got the water...
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2016, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,917
Posted By Chrysopelea
Great story! My Father flew F-104's and F4's,...

Great story!

My Father flew F-104's and F4's, and had a 182 when I was just a wee tot, 40 years ago.

Recently, he bought a sweet little Ercoupe (actually a '56 Forney) and I've gone flying with...
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2016, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,951
Posted By Chrysopelea
First lesson on Thursday! Last friday was...

First lesson on Thursday!

Last friday was supposed to be the big day, but we found a couple issues which we fixed.

Since I knew they used AVgas for the delivery, and in checking I found some...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2016, 09:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,951
Posted By Chrysopelea
N232VA is in good hands now. She will be cared...

N232VA is in good hands now. She will be cared for with the best of care.
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,951
Posted By Chrysopelea
I think you are correct in that mine is the first...

I think you are correct in that mine is the first SLSA delivered to a customer.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/vans-aircraft-inc/vans-delivers-first-fly-away-s-lsa-rv-12/610382618972114
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