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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 09:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By RFSchaller
Dave, What you said should be the case, but mine...

Dave,

What you said should be the case, but mine failed in a really unanticipated way. The pin did not shear cleanly. It left a nub sticking up through the hole in the capstan. The servo would turn...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By RFSchaller
I like to hear that tapping too before I turn the...

I like to hear that tapping too before I turn the key.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By RFSchaller
I have the D180. My roll was tracking but...

I have the D180. My roll was tracking but altitude hold was erratic. Turned out to be a broken shear pin. Sometimes what seems the obvious issue is not. Easy to check so it is a good starting point...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 918
Posted By RFSchaller
When I was stationed in Rota, Spain in the 70s we...

When I was stationed in Rota, Spain in the 70s we got Heineken for a quarter a piece. You are getting ripped off!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By RFSchaller
Had mine painted with the rest of the plane....

Had mine painted with the rest of the plane. Corrosion in Phoenix is not a big issue due to climate.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By RFSchaller
One caveat. You have to be the owner as well as...

One caveat. You have to be the owner as well as have the LSR-inspection rating. You have to own the aircraft to get it, but if you sell it you can no longer do the annuals on it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 38,223
Posted By RFSchaller
Brad, Have you had your carbs overhauled? Rich

Brad,

Have you had your carbs overhauled?

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-19-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 568
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you checked your carburetor bowls for any...

Have you checked your carburetor bowls for any contamination or debris?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By RFSchaller
Good idea Jim! I did something similar in the...

Good idea Jim! I did something similar in the battery box placing a 1/8Ē thick piece of nylon sheet under the battery.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 568
Posted By RFSchaller
Mark, Iím based at Glendale airport (GEU). My 12...

Mark,

Iím based at Glendale airport (GEU). My 12 kicks right over and always has. Where are you based? Happy to help if I can. AZJULIAN is a local friend and a lot smarter than me! Seems like the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 741
Posted By RFSchaller
I thinkIíd rather have the volume of the float in...

I thinkIíd rather have the volume of the float in gas. You can sound your tank during preflight with a flexible piece of the stuff used for the brake line.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 633
Posted By RFSchaller
Mine shows 17 gallons when full. The wire on the...

Mine shows 17 gallons when full. The wire on the float can be bent to reach its stop at the bottom when zero or the top when full. I thought it was more important to know if I have 7 or 4 gallons...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 741
Posted By RFSchaller
I finished my 12 in March 2012 and have almost...

I finished my 12 in March 2012 and have almost 1000 hours on it. The sight glass has never leaked, but it is useless in my opinion.I would get rid of it if I was building it now.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,475
Posted By RFSchaller
I havenít seen it on mine, and I live in Phoenix.

I havenít seen it on mine, and I live in Phoenix.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 990
Posted By RFSchaller
I put a switch on my fuel pump too. Here in PHX...

I put a switch on my fuel pump too. Here in PHX it gets pretty hot in summer. In summer I run with my electric fuel pump on for taxi, takeoff, climb, descent and cruise until my fuel cools down at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 776
Posted By RFSchaller
In a pinch run a drill bit into concrete to dull...

In a pinch run a drill bit into concrete to dull it. That works like a plex bit, but practice on scrap first. It also helps to warm up the plastic with a hair dryer before you drill.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,880
Posted By RFSchaller
No argument there, Driftdown. Sometimes you just...

No argument there, Driftdown. Sometimes you just miss something, and that was one of them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,880
Posted By RFSchaller
My definition of a good IFR airplane is one that...

My definition of a good IFR airplane is one that is stable so you can spend 10 or 15 seconds looking at a chart and when you look up everything still looks good on the AI. My Cherokee is like that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 310
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís been a long time since my ROTAX course, but...

Itís been a long time since my ROTAX course, but I think there is a standard ROTAX part that covers that. Check the parts catalogue.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,943
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a 1973 Cherokee 180 and I built my RV-12....

I have a 1973 Cherokee 180 and I built my RV-12. I put about a hundred hours a year on each. I built the ELSA as a hedge against the medical before basic med. That was 8 years ago, and have loved...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,017
Posted By RFSchaller
Good advice on any serviceable part that is...

Good advice on any serviceable part that is removed. I save carb sockets, fuel pumps and spark plugs just in case I need to bridge some time waiting for new replacements.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,880
Posted By RFSchaller
About 20 years ago I was flying IFR from PHX to...

About 20 years ago I was flying IFR from PHX to SAF in November. Went into IMC and my airspeed indication went to zero. Sure was nice to flip on pitot heat and get it back in 10 seconds. Iíve been...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,624
Posted By RFSchaller
Josh (Fynfurfun) has an excellent point. I built...

Josh (Fynfurfun) has an excellent point. I built a Searey that unfortunately I lost in an incident on a lake. Bad day to say the least. I was so fed up that I took out my Swiss Army knife and cut out...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By RFSchaller
Just a thought and may not be helpful in this...

Just a thought and may not be helpful in this case, but is your engine in the serial number range that needs to have the crankshaft journal checked for cracking? If so might want to do the check...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,100
Posted By RFSchaller
Didnít notice much but sure I lost a few. Well...

Didnít notice much but sure I lost a few. Well worth it for me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,420
Posted By RFSchaller
Kavlicomis the one that uses 5V power, isnít it?

Kavlicomis the one that uses 5V power, isnít it?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,562
Posted By RFSchaller
Add trim tabs. Not elegant, but effective.

Add trim tabs. Not elegant, but effective.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 12:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,100
Posted By RFSchaller
I took off my wheel pants after a few years. They...

I took off my wheel pants after a few years. They look great but create more hassle than they are worth. Checking pressure and adding air is now a 5 minute job for all 3 tires ó- including coffee...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2020, 12:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 466
Posted By RFSchaller
Checkout Flying Cactus flight school at Glendale....

Checkout Flying Cactus flight school at Glendale. They are instructing in an SLSA RV-12 with Garmin G3X. Nice airplane.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-03-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,624
Posted By RFSchaller
5 years on coolant hoses and non-silicone fuel...

5 years on coolant hoses and non-silicone fuel hoses. 500 hours on engine driven fuel pumps. Vanís says 10 years on the oil hoses they supply. Take a look at Vans support tab and get the seller to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-02-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By RFSchaller
I understand, Scott. The reason I like trim tabs...

I understand, Scott. The reason I like trim tabs is they are easily adjustable after each flight and donít involve any action that my mar the paint job. As you say to each their own.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-01-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By RFSchaller
I riveted conventional trim tabs to my flaperons...

I riveted conventional trim tabs to my flaperons after I flew off phase I. Makes changes easy without risking chipping my paint job.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-28-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,112
Posted By RFSchaller
You guys are killing me with all the talk of...

You guys are killing me with all the talk of preheaters! Here in Phoenix summer I want a precooler!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-27-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,705
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve got the original D-180 design with a 496 and...

Iíve got the original D-180 design with a 496 and have never felt Vanís gave me anything but the best service. Of the many things that keep me up at night worrying about Vans customer support is not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-26-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 558
Posted By RFSchaller
If you have the dimensions and material spec Iíd...

If you have the dimensions and material spec Iíd say go for it, but if there is the slightest question it seems more expedient to just buy the ROTAX part since itís a once in a blue moon replacement.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-26-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,035
Posted By RFSchaller
Well, Driftdown, Ďm not a lawyer and I donít play...

Well, Driftdown, Ďm not a lawyer and I donít play one on TV, but I assume any self respecting bureaucrat would be satisfied with: ďThis aircraft is an experimental light sport aircraftĒ. Any Perry...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2020, 11:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,035
Posted By RFSchaller
Just checked my ELSA OLs and found another...

Just checked my ELSA OLs and found another requirement in Item 19 which should settle any doubts:

ďWhen filing IFR, the experimental nature of this aircraft must be listed in the remarks section of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,035
Posted By RFSchaller
Scott, My ELSA RV-12 received itís AW...

Scott,

My ELSA RV-12 received itís AW certificate in March 2012. My operating limits allow night and IFR operations if equipped. I got an email from my DAR clarifying that IFR is authorized for my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,035
Posted By RFSchaller
I had one NORDO in VMC while VFR on the one day ...

I had one NORDO in VMC while VFR on the one day didnít bring my handheld backup. I was coming in to a towered airport under the Class B. I squawked 7600 and took the light signal. I went to the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By RFSchaller
I replace my tie down ring with a 3/8Ē bolt and...

I replace my tie down ring with a 3/8Ē bolt and use a long stroke hydraulic jack to lift the wing Iím working on. I took a 2Ē aluminum cylinder about 3Ē long and bored a shallow hole in each end. One...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,813
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, Iím 68 and thinking about the same thing....

Jim,

Iím 68 and thinking about the same thing. Sucks when we have to realize we arenít still the veteran cosmic rockers (nod to the Moody Blues) that we were back in the 1970s!😜

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,276
Posted By RFSchaller
Bondo, not ďbondsĒ. Thanks spellcheck!

Bondo, not ďbondsĒ. Thanks spellcheck!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,276
Posted By RFSchaller
Tony, I covered the gap. Before painting I also...

Tony,

I covered the gap. Before painting I also trimmed the wing tip area and filled in gaps with bonds for a nice smooth edge. Itís a bit of a pain to pull the canopy to gain access to the avionics...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-21-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,367
Posted By RFSchaller
See what I mean? Arrgh!😜

See what I mean? Arrgh!😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-21-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,367
Posted By RFSchaller
I HAYE Spellcheck!🤬

I HAYE Spellcheck!🤬
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-21-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,367
Posted By RFSchaller
I went old school and attached trim tabs to my...

I went old school and attached trim tabs to my flap Enronís and rudder. Simple and effective.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-21-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,276
Posted By RFSchaller
I did what Scott did with one more enhancement:...

I did what Scott did with one more enhancement: use flock around the aluminum tube to make it solidly locked in place. Another tip: when you trim the fiberglass edges make a decision as to whether...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-15-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,366
Posted By RFSchaller
Bill, Like carrying an umbrella so it doesnít...

Bill,

Like carrying an umbrella so it doesnít rain ó- leave the slack and youíll never need it!😜

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,366
Posted By RFSchaller
I like leaving slack as close to each end of the...

I like leaving slack as close to each end of the wire as possible. It simplifies using it later if you need it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 927
Posted By RFSchaller
Trust me theyíll have to get bigger as you get...

Trust me theyíll have to get bigger as you get older!😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,441
Posted By RFSchaller
The only time I land without flaps is when I want...

The only time I land without flaps is when I want to keep my speed up for gusty conditions. Usually I use one notch. Thatís a holdover from flying the Cherokee where I use two notches. My reasoning...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-13-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,366
Posted By RFSchaller
Recently changed out an oil pressure sensor from...

Recently changed out an oil pressure sensor from the original Honeywell design that had no plug connections. I sure would have liked a little more slack after cutting the lead at the sensor and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-12-2020, 09:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís really not a big deal to do. You just have...

Itís really not a big deal to do. You just have to unbolt and lift the intake manifolds to get to a couple of the bolts. Ten minutes max using an Allen head socket an extension and a universal joint...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-12-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,125
Posted By RFSchaller
My outside time consists of doing my annual in my...

My outside time consists of doing my annual in my hangar (nobody else there so great social experience,😝), flying my Cherokee solo on the weekend locally, a weekly trip for groceries and two days a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-09-2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,368
Posted By RFSchaller
Good to know! Hope I never have to use that bit...

Good to know! Hope I never have to use that bit of knowledge.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-09-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,237
Posted By RFSchaller
My first annual I found two blind rivets I hadnít...

My first annual I found two blind rivets I hadnít installed. Unfortunately we humans are prone to errors.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-06-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,520
Posted By RFSchaller
When my plane was painted they applied a layer of...

When my plane was painted they applied a layer of rough nonskid paint. It has held up very well for 8 years.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-06-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,368
Posted By RFSchaller
HT wire? I think the ignition coil and plug leads...

HT wire? I think the ignition coil and plug leads are one assembly that doesnít lend itself to replacing a plug lead.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-04-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,023
Posted By RFSchaller
Sounds like a warranty claim is in order.

Sounds like a warranty claim is in order.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-03-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,023
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you tried lifting the positive lead and...

Have you tried lifting the positive lead and checking charge state after a few days? If it internally discharges it will be flat. If itís a trickle discharge in your wiring it should remain charged.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-02-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,725
Posted By RFSchaller
Well, my pitch servo shear screw failed, but I am...

Well, my pitch servo shear screw failed, but I am posting because the way it failed made the test results ambiguous. When the screw sheared it left a nub sticking up through the hole in the actuator...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,682
Posted By RFSchaller
When something causes me to repitch the two blade...

When something causes me to repitch the two blade I groan. Canít imagine the aggravation of trying to get THREE blades all singing the same song!😜
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