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Forum: RV-12 Yesterday, 08:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,857
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, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 953
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, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 846
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, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 846
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, 07:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
Posted By RFSchaller
Always looking for a tax dodge, Bob?!

Always looking for a tax dodge, Bob?!
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,689
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, 09:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 830
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, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,908
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, 08:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,382
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, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 731
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, 08:05 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 10,089
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, 08:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,456
Posted By RFSchaller
Nice video. No beach party!?

Nice video. No beach party!?
Forum: RV-12 01-13-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,138
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, 07:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
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, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
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, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,871
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, 09:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,293
Posted By RFSchaller
I epoxied mine.

I epoxied mine.
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 12:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,690
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, 10:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,289
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, 09:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,059
Posted By RFSchaller
Still an ELSA, Mel!😁

Still an ELSA, Mel!😁
Forum: RV-12 12-22-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,123
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, 09:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,059
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, 10:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,529
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, 10:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,458
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, 11:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,078
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, 09:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,078
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, 09:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,582
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, 08:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,078
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, 08:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,078
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, 11:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 891
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, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,171
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, 08:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,417
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, 10:51 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,690
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, 10:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,652
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, 10:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,417
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, 10:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,417
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.
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 11:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,130
Posted By RFSchaller
When I first installed my FreeFlight ADS-B UAT I...

When I first installed my FreeFlight ADS-B UAT I got a performance report. It was flagged for a barometric altitude delta out of limits 0.2% of the time. When I asked the FAA tech what the acceptance...
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 10:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,417
Posted By RFSchaller
I use the 5 gallon plastic containers and I agree...

I use the 5 gallon plastic containers and I agree with the gripes about hoisting 30 lbs of fuel up to pour it in. The new self venting nozzles are horrible with the pitiful trickle they provide. Many...
Forum: RV-12 11-23-2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,646
Posted By RFSchaller
Originally I set my pitch using the pin...

Originally I set my pitch using the pin indication. When I checked it with an electronic level they were out almost a full degree between the two blades. I never felt it in any vibration.
Forum: RV-12 11-23-2017, 10:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,130
Posted By RFSchaller
Us early guys with D-180s all have mode C Garmin...

Us early guys with D-180s all have mode C Garmin units. I have a mode S in my Cherokee, but without tying it in to a 1090ES setup it adds no value to me. I may fix that some day and tie my FreeFlight...
Forum: RV-12 11-20-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,534
Posted By RFSchaller
You stated that ďsimpleĒ is important. Trying to...

You stated that ďsimpleĒ is important. Trying to fit anything other than a 912 would certainly change simple to complicated fast!
Forum: RV-12 11-19-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,851
Posted By RFSchaller
I donít know what you guys are planning to do...

I donít know what you guys are planning to do with the sealant, but consider what a problem it might be if you ever have to replace the rear window. I didnít put any sealant on the contact urface...
Forum: RV-12 11-17-2017, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,838
Posted By RFSchaller
Lockwood part GAOPSNDHK ($130) is a direct...

Lockwood part GAOPSNDHK ($130) is a direct replacement for the Honeywell unit. No requiring for 5V required. I tried reterminating my Honeywell and thought the fluctuation was Fixed, after a couple...
Forum: RV-12 11-13-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,230
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve had good and not so good tech counselor...

Iíve had good and not so good tech counselor experiences. Iíd recommend getting some local builders of flying RV-12s look at your work too. They can give you time saving tips for some of the...
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 09:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,473
Posted By RFSchaller
I went from the old flat lexan sheet to the new...

I went from the old flat lexan sheet to the new molded window, so I couldnít use the old one as a template. I used Clecos to attach the holes except the roll bar. Then I center drilled each hole to...
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 09:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,690
Posted By RFSchaller
You may be right about the modification of the...

You may be right about the modification of the POH. I never had the problem so I never dug into the legalities once my DAR put the FSDO position in writing that I could fly IFR if so equipped.
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,690
Posted By RFSchaller
I agree, Ron, but some of the posts in other...

I agree, Ron, but some of the posts in other threads say their OLs referenced the POH. Looks like regulatory creep. I havenít seen any of the latest OL language, so I canít vouch for the accuracy of...
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 08:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,473
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís interesting how carefully we do the tapping...

Itís interesting how carefully we do the tapping and protect the threads - only to face the dilemma of how to match drill a replacement window in a few years without damaging the threads in the crash...
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 08:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,591
Posted By RFSchaller
The only drawback to new tech is the lack of...

The only drawback to new tech is the lack of operating history to find all the bugs. The iS seems to have got through itís teething problems. Iíd go with the iS today.

I faced a similar problem with...
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,690
Posted By RFSchaller
Bradley, My 12 was licensed in 2012. Some of the...

Bradley,

My 12 was licensed in 2012. Some of the guys are saying the OLs now include the POH by reference. The POH says no IFR flight (not IMC). They may have a problem if their OLs now reference...
Forum: RV-12 11-07-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,690
Posted By RFSchaller
I mounted a VOR/GS with 3LMB under my panel on...

I mounted a VOR/GS with 3LMB under my panel on the center line so I can shoot practice approaches. With a pitot static check on my XPDR I am legal for IFR.
Forum: RV-12 11-07-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,690
Posted By RFSchaller
My OLs allow IFR and night operation if properly...

My OLs allow IFR and night operation if properly equipped. Mine is an ELSA.
Forum: RV-12 11-07-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Scott.

Thanks, Scott.
Forum: RV-12 11-06-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By RFSchaller
What method are you using to test the G switch?...

What method are you using to test the G switch? How do you let NOAA know you are testing the 406? The old 121.5 units have the grace period to test on the hour, but the new 406 units donít seem to be...
Forum: RV-12 11-03-2017, 02:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,473
Posted By RFSchaller
Unless things have changed the plex is not...

Unless things have changed the plex is not tapped. My plans said countersink the plex, not tap it.
Forum: RV-12 10-30-2017, 10:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,452
Posted By RFSchaller
Above about 4000 RPM the intake manifolds will...

Above about 4000 RPM the intake manifolds will have the same pressure unless your throttle cables are completely out of whack, so I would not expect cruise RPM to be a good indicator of...
Forum: RV-12 10-30-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,452
Posted By RFSchaller
Glendale. Desert Hangar Owners Hangar #24.

Glendale. Desert Hangar Owners Hangar #24.
Forum: RV-12 10-27-2017, 11:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,452
Posted By RFSchaller
When I took the ROTAX course the instructor had a...

When I took the ROTAX course the instructor had a home made setup using the manifold pressure gage from a twin engine aircraft. It worked great, but the Carbmate seems to have a better resolution...
Forum: RV-12 10-27-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,197
Posted By RFSchaller
I added the break at the fuselage skin edges by...

I added the break at the fuselage skin edges by laying the shin panel on my work table with the edge hanging about a half inch off the table and rubbed a wood block back and forth at the edge to give...
Forum: RV-12 10-24-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 951
Posted By RFSchaller
Remind me to never take you guys on in a game of...

Remind me to never take you guys on in a game of Trivial Pursuit!😁
Forum: RV-12 10-23-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 752
Posted By RFSchaller
I didnít prime anything, but I live in AZ.

I didnít prime anything, but I live in AZ.
Forum: RV-12 10-20-2017, 10:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,394
Posted By RFSchaller
I had to trim the skin on one side when I built...

I had to trim the skin on one side when I built it. Later my stabilator bearings started slipping horizontally causing the skin to catch a screw head. Once I did the SB to threadlock the bearings I...
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