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Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By RFSchaller
Wow, John! I thought I had bragging rights with...

Wow, John! I thought I had bragging rights with 700 HRs on mine, but now ďIím not worthy!Ē😜

Congratulations!
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,908
Posted By RFSchaller
I just built a spreadsheet in Excel and use it.

I just built a spreadsheet in Excel and use it.
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
Seems like steel and aluminum are in contact at...

Seems like steel and aluminum are in contact at many points in an aircraft. Iíve never heard of it being a problem. Has anyone else?
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,205
Posted By RFSchaller
FYI my prop was dynamically balanced and the...

FYI my prop was dynamically balanced and the little bugger still broke!
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,418
Posted By RFSchaller
No, a Cherokee. I mentioned it only because it...

No, a Cherokee. I mentioned it only because it was a life lesson in not jumping to conclusions.
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,418
Posted By RFSchaller
Beware of assuming throttle cable resistance is...

Beware of assuming throttle cable resistance is just a lube problem. One annual I listed a hard to move throttle as a squawk. Turned out that the cable strands had broke and balled up inside the...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,205
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Brad. None of the suggestions are an...

Thanks, Brad. None of the suggestions are an obvious problem. I wonder if there are many RV12 owners who have experienced this. As I said my cousin, the ROTAX mechanic says he has not seen it as a...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,698
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím tempting the electrical gods here, but V/R...

Iím tempting the electrical gods here, but V/R failure has not been a huge problem for me. I replaced one at about 300 Hours based on a low voltage alarm after start. I now have 400 hours on the...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,205
Posted By RFSchaller
My German cousin is a light sport mechanic in...

My German cousin is a light sport mechanic in Germany. I asked him if the failure of the coil bracket is common, and he said he has not seen any. It's not obvious to me as to why this would be an...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,484
Posted By RFSchaller
If you don't have Nav lights the Nav light...

If you don't have Nav lights the Nav light circuit works great for the fuel pump. I did mine that way about 5 years ago and haven't regretted it. I took the old fuel pump power and put it to a new...
Forum: RV-12 03-15-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,689
Posted By RFSchaller
John, In the first 200 hours of operation my...

John,

In the first 200 hours of operation my engine was smooth at all RPM. Then it developed a slight roughness when I pull back the power to idle for descent and landing. Iíve swapped out my spark...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,205
Posted By RFSchaller
Well, two years later in annual my bracket was...

Well, two years later in annual my bracket was cracked again. Again I made a beefier bracket out of 3/16Ē aluminum. My guess is Iíll be addressing this again in the future. Has anybody found a final...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,557
Posted By RFSchaller
This was tough to do without loosening the...

This was tough to do without loosening the mounting bolts, but with an endoscope I was able to see the top little bit of the markings.
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,594
Posted By RFSchaller
Regulation - the fifth force involved in flight...

Regulation - the fifth force involved in flight óó usually along the same axis as drag!😝
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
I got the bolts in from the top using forceps to...

I got the bolts in from the top using forceps to get them into the hole. I set up my endoscope so I had a good view to manipulate the bolts. It also helps to chamfer the last 1/8Ē of the bolts so you...
Forum: RV-12 03-10-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,594
Posted By RFSchaller
Before you go changing any placards check your...

Before you go changing any placards check your operating limits. As I recall the wording of the warning is included. My DAR took pictures of the nameplate and placards, so Iím leaving them alone...
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,594
Posted By RFSchaller
Read the warning labels on household products if...

Read the warning labels on household products if you really want a scare!😁
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
I got the stab back on today and the end of...

I got the stab back on today and the end of travel seemed ďsquishyĒ. Then I realized the issue brought up here about the fairing interference was the problem. The fairing was stopping the stab travel...
Forum: RV-12 03-05-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
I finished the mod today, and now need to...

I finished the mod today, and now need to reinstall the stabilator. I see what you mean, John. The gussets would be tough if not impossible to install after the stab is back on. I really hate messing...
Forum: RV-12 03-04-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
I havenít got to thes skin doublets yet. Would it...

I havenít got to thes skin doublets yet. Would it be easier to put the stabilator back on and then install the skin doublets?
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,034
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a really tough paint to remove. I went to...

I had a really tough paint to remove. I went to Home Depot and asked for their strongest stripper to deal with polyurethane paint. Works pretty well, but you have to use several applications. On the...
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,705
Posted By RFSchaller
Is gas stealing really a concern? Dude where do...

Is gas stealing really a concern? Dude where do you live!😜

I guess I canít throw stones. I thought I lived in a nice neighborhood until one day the DEA knocked at my door and asked if they could...
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
Oops, sorry, I meant that post to be on the HS...

Oops, sorry, I meant that post to be on the HS spar crack mod thread. Senior moment, I guess!
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,034
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím just starting the mod. A couple of things I...

Iím just starting the mod. A couple of things I noted:

1. I only loosened one control cable turnbuckle which I hope will allow me to reconnect with only having to wrestle in one set of turnbuckle...
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 10:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,218
Posted By RFSchaller
I helped a guy fix his. It was actually a bad...

I helped a guy fix his. It was actually a bad reed switch, so I recommend putting a strong magnet up against the switch first to be sure itís not magnet position that is causing the issue.
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím not going to bother with looking for racks,...

Iím not going to bother with looking for racks, just install the fix. If you find cracks the solution is the fix, so whatís the point in inspecting if you just put in the mod?
Forum: RV-12 02-20-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,971
Posted By RFSchaller
About a year ago like a dummy I pushed my 12 back...

About a year ago like a dummy I pushed my 12 back into the hangar without first removing my car. CRUNCH on one AST. Well at least thatís one AST with the new ribs!:D
Forum: RV-12 02-16-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,426
Posted By RFSchaller
Labor intensive SBs are always frustrating, but...

Labor intensive SBs are always frustrating, but itís still a great airplane and my all up costs are a third of my Cherokee 180 hourly cost. Iíve fortunately dodged some expensive ADs on my Cherokee...
Forum: RV-12 02-13-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,152
Posted By RFSchaller
Tom, you must have Schwarzeneggerís arms to get...

Tom, you must have Schwarzeneggerís arms to get that off with your bare hands!
Forum: RV-12 02-12-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,152
Posted By RFSchaller
I bought an assortment of oil filter hex sockets...

I bought an assortment of oil filter hex sockets for 3/8Ē drive at Harbor Freight a few years back. One of them slips right over the end of the filter. Works great.
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,447
Posted By RFSchaller
Always looking for a tax dodge, Bob?!

Always looking for a tax dodge, Bob?!
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,391
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a tiny leak develop after hose change out -...

I had a tiny leak develop after hose change out - about 1/2Ē overflow bottle level in 50 Hours. The fluorescent dye didnít show anything except around the weep hole on the bottom of the water pump....
Forum: RV-12 01-26-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,020
Posted By RFSchaller
Nobody ever built a perfect airplane. I built 4...

Nobody ever built a perfect airplane. I built 4 imperfect ones that still allowed me to make the miracle of flight and defy death!😜
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,122
Posted By RFSchaller
Vic, Iíll second that óó cocaine would have been...

Vic,

Iíll second that óó cocaine would have been cheaper over the last 30 years, but not half as much fun!😜

Rich
Forum: RV-12 01-21-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,079
Posted By RFSchaller
I can usually get my fuel burn down to 4.5 GPH AT...

I can usually get my fuel burn down to 4.5 GPH AT 5100 RPM and about 21ĒMAP, but I agree that in high cruise (>5300 RPM) 5.2 GPH is probably more accurate.
Forum: RV-12 01-19-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By RFSchaller
Try a gel cushion like they sell for stadium...

Try a gel cushion like they sell for stadium seats. I bought one at Costco for $20 and it works great for long cross countries.
Forum: RV-12 01-18-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,789
Posted By RFSchaller
Wherever it came from itís scary. I blew out out...

Wherever it came from itís scary. I blew out out my fuel lines with air and a flush cloth over then end when I installed them. I never got anything on the cloth. That amount of debris is just bizarre!
Forum: RV-12 01-17-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,670
Posted By RFSchaller
Nice video. No beach party!?

Nice video. No beach party!?
Forum: RV-12 01-13-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,544
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you checked the spar pinhole to see where...

Have you checked the spar pinhole to see where the misalignment is? My wing skins had to be trimmed about 1/8Ē to get mine all the way in.
Forum: RV-12 01-12-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 549
Posted By RFSchaller
The method I used on an aluminum spinner for...

The method I used on an aluminum spinner for another homebuil was to slip the front bulkhead in and mark one hole center. I drilled the hole and put in a machine screw and nut to hold it while I...
Forum: RV-12 01-02-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 901
Posted By RFSchaller
A guy on our field got an SLSA with wandering...

A guy on our field got an SLSA with wandering fuel level indication. He found a bracket in the avionics bay that was used for ground, but the contact surface had been primed. After removing the...
Forum: RV-12 01-02-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,974
Posted By RFSchaller
Was it dragging a brake on the left side?

Was it dragging a brake on the left side?
Forum: RV-12 12-29-2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,790
Posted By RFSchaller
I epoxied mine.

I epoxied mine.
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 11:18 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,886
Posted By RFSchaller
Depends. Youíll need a VOR to shoot VOR and...

Depends. Youíll need a VOR to shoot VOR and Localizer approaches, and a glide slope receiver for practice ILS approaches. If you are flying under the hood not on an IFRflight plan you donít need a...
Forum: RV-12 12-22-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,829
Posted By RFSchaller
What did that toy set you back? I think they run...

What did that toy set you back? I think they run about a grand, donít they?
Forum: RV-12 12-22-2017, 08:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,868
Posted By RFSchaller
Still an ELSA, Mel!😁

Still an ELSA, Mel!😁
Forum: RV-12 12-22-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,005
Posted By RFSchaller
My first Ducati lasted 300 Hours on the engine...

My first Ducati lasted 300 Hours on the engine side of the firewall. I have 370 Hours on the second in the same spot and itís still going strong. I put temp strips on them and they blackened up to...
Forum: RV-12 12-22-2017, 08:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,868
Posted By RFSchaller
I agree with Ric. LSA is now most attractive for...

I agree with Ric. LSA is now most attractive for the economy. 100 Hours a year in my Cherokee costs a little over a $100/hour in fuel, Overhaul fund, maintenance and insurance. I fly the RV-12 for...
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,643
Posted By RFSchaller
At WOT in cruise I see about 5580 RPM at 6000 FT...

At WOT in cruise I see about 5580 RPM at 6000 FT DA. My climb is typically about 5080 RPM and 900 FPM solo at 2500 FT DA. After almost 700 Hours the engine still seems happy (good temps and...
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2017, 09:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,772
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you pulled the cowling yet? I had a...

Have you pulled the cowling yet? I had a carburetor work itís way loose about 5 Hours after reinstalling when it didnít seat properly in the socket. I had some similar symptoms.
Forum: RV-12 12-09-2017, 10:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,267
Posted By RFSchaller
Ric, Glad you found the problem. The pics Julian...

Ric,

Glad you found the problem. The pics Julian showed me were scary. Looked like almost total blockage.

I have the TS Flightlines after market fuel system. If you want to drop by the hangar and...
Forum: RV-12 12-09-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,267
Posted By RFSchaller
Not to steal his thunder, but today at the...

Not to steal his thunder, but today at the airport I met a friend who was working on the problem with Ric. The mechanical fuel pump outlet fitting was obstructed by what looked to be shredded plastic...
Forum: RV-12 12-09-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,636
Posted By RFSchaller
Pitot Tube Failure

Today as I entered the pattern my airspeed on my D180 and D100 west to zero. I thought it was some bolockage, but after I landed and checked the pitot tube it slid right out of the spinner. It had...
Forum: RV-12 12-08-2017, 07:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,267
Posted By RFSchaller
I may have misunderstood your last post. Was the...

I may have misunderstood your last post. Was the drop in pressure present on the mechanical gage too? Have you tried disconnecting all the hoses and blowing them out with air? Any chance the red cube...
Forum: RV-12 12-08-2017, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,267
Posted By RFSchaller
Maybe your pressure sensor is bad. Try changing...

Maybe your pressure sensor is bad. Try changing it out.
Forum: RV-12 12-02-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,022
Posted By RFSchaller
I used a west coast maintenance center for ROTAX....

I used a west coast maintenance center for ROTAX. They swapped my choke modules which made starting almost impossible. I took everything apart myself to find their screw up and fixed it. Just...
Forum: RV-12 11-29-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,270
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve had mixed results with hardware store rivet...

Iíve had mixed results with hardware store rivet pullers so I bought the cheapest manual Cherry Max puller I could at Aircraft Spruce. It works fine. On the other hand while helping a friend with his...
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,704
Posted By RFSchaller
Julian, Do you have a link to buy them? Rich

Julian,

Do you have a link to buy them?

Rich
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 09:51 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,886
Posted By RFSchaller
Ron, Iím with you on pitot heat. I once had my...

Ron, Iím with you on pitot heat. I once had my Cherokee pitot tube ice over in the soup. It was a good lesson in pitch and power flying the few minutes it took to melt the ice once I turned on the...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 09:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,748
Posted By RFSchaller
Donít feel bad, Paul. Iím a CFII that has never...

Donít feel bad, Paul. Iím a CFII that has never flown anything but a six pack approach. The prohibitive cost of an IFR GPS with a data base subscription always put me off.
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,704
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve been using gas pump UL premium for almost 6...

Iíve been using gas pump UL premium for almost 6 years without dropping one bead of sweat over the gas quality from ARCO. Now you guys want to ruin my sleep quality!😱
Forum: RV-12 11-25-2017, 09:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,704
Posted By RFSchaller
Yes, Jim, thatís the post I was referring too. ...

Yes, Jim, thatís the post I was referring too. Iíve converted all my gas containers to vented ones.
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