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Forum: RV-12 11-03-2011, 05:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,046
Posted By ARPENN
Serial Number 120001 Painted

Howard,

Wow! Great paint job. I like the black behind the canopy and on the rollbar.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 12-26-2010, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,104
Posted By ARPENN
Priming AST hinges

I believe the piano hinges are anodized and should not need a protective coating.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 12-23-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,659
Posted By ARPENN
18-05: How to rivet actuator bracket

Both John and Marty's methods will work. Use small diameter dies to allow the cupped head to center on the manufactured head. Also it might be a good idea to remove any gouges from the leg of the...
Forum: RV-12 12-23-2010, 06:02 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,342
Posted By ARPENN
Notice just added to Factory site: (FF-1207)

Shall I assume the shroud will be modified on all new engine kits? And will Vans modify the mold when the current stock of shrouds has been exhausted?

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 12-21-2010, 03:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,195
Posted By ARPENN
"Factory" door size question, RV-12

I built my airframe in my basement. My basement door out through the bulkhead is 35" by 82.5". There are stairs outside the door which rise 72.5" to ground level. I got all the completed fabrications...
Forum: RV-12 12-17-2010, 07:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,228
Posted By ARPENN
SB RV-12 12-14-10

It appears to be a manufacturing defect as the other cracks on this project have been. Sooo, if it's good now it should be good for ever.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 12-17-2010, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,435
Posted By ARPENN
Riveting the Baggage Ribs

This is a little more complicated than it appears. The rivets for the Baggage Ribs are installed with the manufactured heads forward of the F-1204-D Bulkhead (in the Gear Tunnel)per the plans. They...
Forum: RV-12 12-17-2010, 04:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,228
Posted By ARPENN
SB RV-12 12-14-10

No cracks here.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 10-26-2010, 10:40 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 260,988
Posted By ARPENN
Modifications

That lock is a great idea John. Maybe Van's should make it an option. It would help keep the Feds happy.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 10-23-2010, 03:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,174
Posted By ARPENN
Is vinyl final

I think the red -12 had yellow vinyl stripes on the original paint job. The vinyl was wrinkled and coming off on the side below the fuel filler when I saw it at Sun n' Fun. I guess it didn't like the...
Forum: RV-12 10-23-2010, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By ARPENN
Alcohol content

The distributor adds the ethanol as the fuel goes into the truck. It may be more or less than 10%, depending on how accurately they measure it. Each brand of fuel gets it's additive package at that...
Forum: RV-12 10-18-2010, 06:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,360
Posted By ARPENN
RV-12 Toolkit Supplier Recommendation?

I use an Avery rivet puller. It too will jam after a while. When you pull a rivet, a small amount of metal is removed from the mandrel by the jaws. This metal mixes with the lubricant and forms a...
Forum: RV-12 10-18-2010, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,087
Posted By ARPENN
Over Rudder Wireway

Try to divide the wire bundle evenly on both sides of the screw. Then it won't be cocked at an angle when the screw is inserted. Also try to flatten the bundle to reduce it's thickness.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2010, 10:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,595
Posted By ARPENN
Section 11 Empennage Attachment: Can It Wait?

Yes I should have I should have said Tailcone. Since the Tailcone is part of the Empennage Kit I just used that term incorrectly.

Art P.
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2010, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,595
Posted By ARPENN
Section 11 Empennage Attachment: Can It Wait?

You bet. I built my fuselage, empennage, wings, v stab and h stab in my basement. I also did my canopy work there as it was easier to heat in the winter. I could only temporarily attach the roll bar...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,306
Posted By ARPENN
Rudder Trim Continuing Thread

Just curious, Has anyone had their -12 fly straight and level without a heavy wing and/or rudder wedges right out of the box, or is this something we all have to look forward to?

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 09-30-2010, 12:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,270
Posted By ARPENN
Fuel Pressure Alarm Points

Howard,
I'm glad to see that cleaning the contacts on the Fuel Pressure Sensor solved the problem with the erratic pressure readings.

Maybe you could make some new threads on the forum about the...
Forum: RV-12 09-26-2010, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,863
Posted By ARPENN
First Flight

Wayne,
Congratulations! Have a hope you have many nice flights.
Forum: RV-12 09-26-2010, 08:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,406
Posted By ARPENN
RV-12 Wire Table

Thanks Joe. This something that has been needed for a while.

I need to check the wire positions in my D-Sub connectors. I believe I got some pins in the wrong holes.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 09-24-2010, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,504
Posted By ARPENN
One man stabilator installation

I had to remove up to 1/8" from the Stab Skin at some locations, per page 12-09, Fig. 1, detail A, but it varies. I did it while mounted on the Tail Cone and unsupported so it could swivel. I was...
Forum: RV-12 08-25-2010, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,081
Posted By ARPENN
Page 23-03

I wondered about those holes and finally filled them with LP4-3 rivets. However, if you elect to install the lighting system, the hole on the right gets enlarged for a snap bushing and provides...
Forum: RV-12 08-22-2010, 09:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,696
Posted By ARPENN
Dynon D180 version

I understand the new Dynons have the upgrade port on the back of the unit, so you simply remove the unit, take it to your computer and do the upgrade.
This explains the disappearance of the dongle...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2010, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,191
Posted By ARPENN
Advice needed for rivet gun for RV-12

For you and me where arm strength is an issue, I prefer the Cleaveland Main Squeeze. It's less expensive than a pneumatic and lighter. It can be used with a number of yoke sizes, including the one on...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2010, 08:35 AM
Replies: 617
Views: 367,407
Posted By ARPENN
Show us the status of your RV-12

Nice paint job Tony.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2010, 08:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,214
Posted By ARPENN
Fuselage on it's side

Putting the fuselage on it's is the way to go while working inside the fuselage.
A few precautions though:
Be sure not to damage the temperature probe. I always rotate the fuse to the right side. I...
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2010, 09:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,729
Posted By ARPENN
Sales Tax

Thats why I live in New Hampshire - No sales tax. But, we have to be careful not to fly to maine with a new airplane as they will send you a bill for their 6% sales tax.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 07-28-2010, 09:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,444
Posted By ARPENN
Jab 2200

Then there is the Eggenfellner Honda Fit HF-110 engine which is just coming online. Though the engine weighs slightly more, it produces more horses and the weight can be compensated by moving things...
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,855
Posted By ARPENN
Painting the Cooling Duct

Please explain the reason for painting the inside of the cooling duct. Once it's afixed to the cowl you can't see it. It also adds more weight.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 07-05-2010, 03:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,663
Posted By ARPENN
Concerns about Avery Hand Squeezers

Don't get me wrong. I agree that you could build a complete -12 with the Avery Squeezer. I could also build a complete -12 with a Cleaveland Squeezer. Using various yokes and sets would make the job...
Forum: RV-12 07-05-2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,281
Posted By ARPENN
Breaking Edge of F-1279

I believe I broke any edge that overlapped a curved skin. As you progress to the aft end of the tail cone, the break increases. It's a matter of break and fit several times to get it right.

Art...
Forum: RV-12 07-05-2010, 10:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,828
Posted By ARPENN
#18 Has Flown

Congratulations Steve! Thats a nice looking plane. Have fun.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 07-05-2010, 09:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,663
Posted By ARPENN
Avery Hand Squeezer

I started my project using the Avery Hand Squeezer. I soon discovered the difficulty I had make consistantly acceptable rivets. After some research I discovered the Cleaveland "Main Squeeze". This...
Forum: RV-12 06-27-2010, 06:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,393
Posted By ARPENN
RV-12: Summer Oil Temps

It's interesting that Rotex's Operating manual shows the same 190F to 230F normal operating temperature range, but allows a red line of 266F while Van's only allows 248F.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 06-27-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,393
Posted By ARPENN
RV-12: Summer Oil Temps

I agree with Tony about water in the oil. Water mixes with the hydrocarbons and sulfur in the oil, producing acid. Temperatures above boiling are good. Thats why the old car with low mileage that the...
Forum: RV-12 06-27-2010, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,989
Posted By ARPENN
First Flight

Congratulations Steve! Glad your first flight went well.

Wish you many smooth flights,
Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 06-25-2010, 04:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 20,859
Posted By ARPENN
Crunch

Sorry to hear about your incident. Glad your OK!

I hoped it would be some time before someone bent some metal, but I guess not. We'll just have to wait it out and see what the outcome will be.

It's...
Forum: RV-12 06-24-2010, 01:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,567
Posted By ARPENN
Little ripples in the side skin

Sounds like a song once heard.

This is from the man himself. Van told me at Sun n' Fun that you can eliminate that condition by adding some of that extra angle stock left over from the kit and...
Forum: RV-12 06-24-2010, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,402
Posted By ARPENN
What brand of primer builders used

Van's doesn't recommend priming for most of the construction of the RV-12, with exception of a few parts made from 6061 aluminum or steel. The weight of the paint takes away useful load. If you look...
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,104
Posted By ARPENN
Where to get coolant, oil and etc.

John,

Go to your local NAPA store. They carry dexcool coolant. They also carry motorcycle oil in Castrol, Lucas and Valvoline brands. If you want to use Aeroshell Sport oil you can order direct from...
Forum: RV-12 06-21-2010, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,601
Posted By ARPENN
Canopy Latch

Keith,

Carefully read steps 1 and 2 on page 34-11. See if that helps. I had problems engaging and disengaging the latch until I performed the suggested adjustments.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 06-04-2010, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,459
Posted By ARPENN
Engine Mount Bolt Tourque

John,
What has been previouly stated is quite true. AC-65-9A, A&P Mechanics General Handbook, states on Pg. 135 under Cotter Pin Hole Line-up, " When tightening castellated nuts on bolts, the cotter...
Forum: RV-12 06-03-2010, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,782
Posted By ARPENN
Legal Eagal

Pretty paint job. Kinda looks like a paint scheme I was planning only with the colors reversed. Get that -12 flying and enjoy.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2010, 11:39 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 209,663
Posted By ARPENN
First Flight

Way to go Tony. It will take some doing to get that RV grin off your face.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 05-22-2010, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,750
Posted By ARPENN
First Flight

Dave,

Congratulations on the first flight. It's a shame your dad could not see it fly.

I guess we'll be neighbors. I'm over at Windsock Village Airport in West Ossipee, NH. Will be installing the...
Forum: RV-12 05-21-2010, 09:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,226
Posted By ARPENN
Todd's Canopies

Sounds like a great idea if the proseal is compatible with the lexan. In addition to sealing out the fuel, it would also keep out rain water.

If one was to use the proseal on the edge, it would be...
Forum: RV-12 05-20-2010, 01:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,511
Posted By ARPENN
RV-12 Lighting Kit Wiring Page 40-11

John,
I assume your talking about the Eyeball Interior light as the wing lighting is already done in the finishing kit with the rest of the wiring as Jeff stated. How much wire comes with the...
Forum: RV-12 05-11-2010, 12:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 952
Posted By ARPENN
Fuel Tank

The surfaces between the doubler Ring and Fwd Tank Bhd does not require tank sealant because when the cover is installed, it will be sealed and this sealant will cover the Doubler Ring area. You can...
Forum: RV-12 05-03-2010, 03:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,309
Posted By ARPENN
Primer Confusion

I have been using Marhyde Self Etching primer in a rattle can. This weekend I came by an interesting alternate which may be a little less expensive, easier to use and purchase. It's called Preval...
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2010, 11:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,105
Posted By ARPENN
Kit number 1 flies

Congratulations Jim! I'm glad you were able to finish the project. I've followed your progress since the beginning and still reference your online construction log from time to time. Thanks for all...
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2010, 03:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,306
Posted By ARPENN
Good news folks! You get an AN929-8D cap as part...

Good news folks! You get an AN929-8D cap as part of your fuel tank test kit.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,900
Posted By ARPENN
Protruding rivet nails

Be advised if anyone uses the Taylor pneumatic rivet puller that Avery sells, they should not use the smallest tip on the puller even though it fits the rivet mandrels on the LP4-4 rivets.

I...
Forum: RV-12 04-19-2010, 08:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,661
Posted By ARPENN
There is going to be a lot of sharp metal bits on...

There is going to be a lot of sharp metal bits on the floor, so be careful out there. Looks like quite a crew. You should have enough tables as it appears. I only used three, two of them being...
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2010, 02:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,678
Posted By ARPENN
Poll: RV-12 Switch Panel Electrical Schematic Diagram

Well I guess it's just like everything else on plane. We don't have detail drawings and dimensions of the structural parts of the aircraft either. All service and parts have to be sourced from Vans,...
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2010, 02:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,551
Posted By ARPENN
PTI paint from Aircraft Spruce

Say John is that paint you can put on with a roller and it flattens to look like it was sprayed on? I was inspecting some Ham-Standard propellers at an airline maintenance shop in Norfork, VA a few...
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2010, 08:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,678
Posted By ARPENN
Poll: RV-1`2 Switch Panel Electrical Schematic Diagram

Has anyone looked in the RV-12 Maintenance Manual? There are two sections on electrical and avionics. These sections will tell you where to go for additional info. On page 17-17 there is a schematic...
Forum: RV-12 04-15-2010, 01:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,980
Posted By ARPENN
EAA Webnar: RV 12 - presented by Van

I saw this weeks Sonex Webnar. It was well done and I learned a few things. Unfortunately I will not be available for Van's Webnar unless our EAA chapter meeting gets over early. The list of up and...
Forum: RV-12 04-14-2010, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,132
Posted By ARPENN
Build Documentation

Though you don't need to document you building experience for an ELSA, but if you decide to go EAB half way through, you will need to have maintained a log with pictures. It's nice to have the...
Forum: RV-12 04-14-2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,821
Posted By ARPENN
RV-12 Longeron Help

There are three challanging tasks during hull construction of the RV-12. They are in my opinion the longerons, the fuel tank and canopy. I have found the canopy most difficult and the longerons the...
Forum: RV-12 04-14-2010, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 996
Posted By ARPENN
Talking Newbie

Welcome to RV world. I'm sure you will enjoy the ride. You will find a wealth of information on the forum. Builders web sites will show you how to avoid mistakes and complete tasks that may not be...
Forum: RV-12 04-11-2010, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,349
Posted By ARPENN
I guess since Van is a glider pilot and the hand...

I guess since Van is a glider pilot and the hand brake system is frequently used on gliders for it's simplicity and weight savings, thats how it got started. But as Mitch Lock pointed out it takes...
Forum: RV-12 03-17-2010, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,068
Posted By ARPENN
Rivets ID

If in fact they are all the same, someone packing the bags had a bad day.
Call Van's support and they will fix you up at no cost.

Art Pennanen
Forum: RV-12 03-14-2010, 12:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,161
Posted By ARPENN
Fuel Tank Page 37-05, Rev. 3, Fig. 1

I think this was previously discussed, but I can't find the thread to see if it was resolved.

The hardware called out to attach the Sight Glass Backing Plate in Fig. 1 shows the use of 4 washers...
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