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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 08:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Posted By DaleB
The -12 uses a display widget on the EFIS.

The -12 uses a display widget on the EFIS.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Posted By DaleB
Jumpy/intermittent trim indication

The trim indication in our RV-12 is intermittent and jumpy. Sometimes it indicates correctly, mostly not. I'm going to chase the wiring to make sure it's not a flaky connector pin, but I don't...
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 935
Posted By DaleB
Granted, and it's far from universally available...

Granted, and it's far from universally available here. There's one gas station chain that I know of that sells it (and my mistake, it's 91 not 93). But I don't think ethanol is required by law or...
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,152
Posted By DaleB
As much as I would prefer FI over carbs... you'd...

As much as I would prefer FI over carbs... you'd have to reall, REALLY want it bad to sink that much into a conversion. I could see it if (for example) you had a damaged or run-out engine you were...
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 935
Posted By DaleB
First of all, could we maybe, pretty please, have...

First of all, could we maybe, pretty please, have just one forum where we don't have a political spin on topics? It gets really, really tiresome. [Agreed, Dale. Rather than delete this entire...
Forum: RV-12 10-10-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By DaleB
Another data point... I too removed the top of my...

Another data point... I too removed the top of my tank to do... well, lots of SB and leak fixing work. Not that tough, as has been noted, Razor blade and go slow.
Forum: RV-12 10-09-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 524
Posted By DaleB
I used a straight piece of safety wire with a...

I used a straight piece of safety wire with a 30-45 degree cut on the end.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,095
Posted By DaleB
I've rebuilt a couple of 696 battery packs. ...

I've rebuilt a couple of 696 battery packs. Getting them apart just takes patience and popsicle sticks. After that, it's fairly simple. The cells are not difficult to source. In fact, I bought...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,823
Posted By DaleB
I gather there will be changes in the NPRM other...

I gather there will be changes in the NPRM other than the gross weight... but we won't know until January, I guess. And given that we're talking about the FAA, I guess we don't really know which...
Forum: RV-12 10-06-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 866
Posted By DaleB
Has the carb inspection/rebuild been done? I...

Has the carb inspection/rebuild been done? I just re-did ours. It made a night and day difference.
Forum: RV-12 09-28-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,076
Posted By DaleB
For smaller pieces I just peel it off from a...

For smaller pieces I just peel it off from a corner. Larger pieces, like wing and fuse skins, I used a length of dowel or PVC pipe. Peel up an edge, tape it to the pipe/dowel if needed, and roll it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 913
Posted By DaleB
A local EAA chapter member and RV multiple...

A local EAA chapter member and RV multiple offender received his last winter. Congratulations, guys, quite an achievement.
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,742
Posted By DaleB
I think it's a materials defect. The SI listed a...

I think it's a materials defect. The SI listed a range of serial numbers newer than mine. We've got 415 hours over 7 years on these carbs and the floats still weigh just over 6g per pair, knock on...
Forum: ADS-B 09-25-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 540
Posted By DaleB
Does it matter? There's never a reason for...

Does it matter? There's never a reason for people to do nefarious things, until someone figures out a reason. Yes, it does seem pretty low risk... now, at least.

Stratux is set up the same way. ...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-24-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,906
Posted By DaleB
I take it to mean, "Don't waste my time if you're...

I take it to mean, "Don't waste my time if you're not an actual potential buyer". There are a ton of airplanes for sale (cars and houses too, for that matter) that I'd love to be able to look at,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-22-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,836
Posted By DaleB
Should add nothing, if you're in the US. We...

Should add nothing, if you're in the US. We don't pay VAT.
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,100
Posted By DaleB
I'll offer my thoughts and then shut up and go...

I'll offer my thoughts and then shut up and go away...

The only conditions under which I can imagine an in-flight structural failure of an RV-12 would be in the case of extremely poor construction...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,065
Posted By DaleB
Ah, Schlitz. The beer that convinced me I hated...

Ah, Schlitz. The beer that convinced me I hated beer.


(I got better.)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,315
Posted By DaleB
Amen, brother. I'd have probably ended up with a...

Amen, brother. I'd have probably ended up with a routine procedure instead of an MI if I had not hesitated to go to the doctor with some odd, non-specific symptoms... simply because I didn't want...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,208
Posted By DaleB
Bill of sale and registration. As you'll learn...

Bill of sale and registration. As you'll learn in pilot training, AROW... Airworthiness certificate, Registration, Operating limitations and Weight & balance sheet. That's what you need in the...
Forum: RV-12 09-15-2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 772
Posted By DaleB
Too rich?

Well, today was my first longer trip post-inspection. A little under an hour each way. EGTs look low to me. Ignore the fuel flow... for whatever reason, after having the fuel pump out our fuel...
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,375
Posted By DaleB
Also check WOT RPM on the ground, no wind, with...

Also check WOT RPM on the ground, no wind, with the engine at operating temperature (meaning oil temp. at 180 or higher). Static RPM should be 4960 to 5020.

Not a bad policy. I generally like to...
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,375
Posted By DaleB
I've consistently seen higher fuel burn in mine...

I've consistently seen higher fuel burn in mine (completed in 2011, now with a little over 400 hours) than others I have talked to. A friend on field will walk away from me in cruise while burning...
Forum: RV-12 09-09-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,611
Posted By DaleB
Not to mention... there are no flexible hoses...

Not to mention... there are no flexible hoses aft of the firewall. It's even possible an insect, cottonwood lint or something could have gotten into the fuel line while we had the tank out. Not to...
Forum: RV-12 09-08-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,611
Posted By DaleB
Sigh. Our condition inspection seems to be, a...

Sigh. Our condition inspection seems to be, a long last, finished save for a couple of deferred squawks. We made two test flights this afternoon.

Tapping on the fuel pump had no effect. I finally...
Forum: RV-12 09-07-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,582
Posted By DaleB
As stated, this is NOTHING AT ALL like a typical...

As stated, this is NOTHING AT ALL like a typical vernier throttle. Does not operate the same way at all. There would be no difference whatsoever flying with this or a regular throttle cable.
Forum: RV-12 09-07-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,611
Posted By DaleB
Angry Facet fuel pump failure mode??

We’re just finishing up our CI, or trying to. 2011 RV-12 with 400 hours. We sealed up a slow leak in the fuel tank, so before trying to run the engine I put 5 gallons of fresh alcohol free mogas in...
Forum: RV-12 09-07-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,582
Posted By DaleB
I installed one bought directly from McFarlane. ...

I installed one bought directly from McFarlane. Van's sells them also. Pricey, not hard to install, and worth every penny. I've had NO throttle creep whatsoever since installing it, and power...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,648
Posted By DaleB
http://www.rayallencompany.com/products/accessorie...

http://www.rayallencompany.com/products/accessories.html

Look at the SPD-1.
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,051
Posted By DaleB
Wow... now there's a bit of an adjustment in...

Wow... now there's a bit of an adjustment in project scope and budget.

You do know you'll be halfway through the RV-10 and have more kids, right? :)
Forum: RV-12 09-04-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,058
Posted By DaleB
As promised, pics of the cracked part. The crack...

As promised, pics of the cracked part. The crack was pretty obvious. Some of the paint had flaked off before (appears not to have been scuffed before priming). I used a screwdriver blade to verify...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,389
Posted By DaleB
Don't think that's a thing. I bought a partially...

Don't think that's a thing.

I bought a partially completed project from another builder. Sold the finish kit and fuselage kits... then bought another fuse kit. Never had any trouble with any of...
Forum: RV-12 08-27-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,850
Posted By DaleB
I snug the bolts down until I have to thump the...

I snug the bolts down until I have to thump the blade with the heel of my hand to get it to move. It stays put while the bolts are tightened. The trade-off is that the blade likes to stick, then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,477
Posted By DaleB
Having just finished doing some work in that...

Having just finished doing some work in that area... It is quite possible to have the torque tubes drilled incorrectly, the pushrods different lengths, and still have the plane fly straight...
Forum: RV-12 08-24-2018, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 706
Posted By DaleB
:)...

:)

https://www.rotoscopers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/29.jpg
Forum: RV-12 08-24-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,516
Posted By DaleB
Why not just use a dab of the same paste used for...

Why not just use a dab of the same paste used for your spark plugs? I don't know that you're really going to get a solid enough contact area between regulator and sheet metal other than in the...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,238
Posted By DaleB
I have a set of RV-8 gear leg fairings waiting to...

I have a set of RV-8 gear leg fairings waiting to be cut & installed. I'll need to replace the upper and lower intersection fairings though.

There's another 12 on the field with them installed. ...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,058
Posted By DaleB
Sure, I'll get a couple of pics when I'm at the...

Sure, I'll get a couple of pics when I'm at the hangar again tonight (assuming I'm not on this "emergency" work call for the rest of my natural life). The location is pretty much exactly as shown in...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,058
Posted By DaleB
My SB 14-12-06 experience

So, during our condition inspection I checked the bearing bracket brace for cracks, as usual... and there it was. A big ol' horizontal crack. Nuts!

So, for whoever at Van's designed this...
Forum: RV-12 08-17-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,656
Posted By DaleB
I saw an indication of this very thing in the...

I saw an indication of this very thing in the construction drawings. When I called Van's to ask about ordering the part in question, I was told there was no such thing.

Yes, I did ask them. I was...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2018, 11:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,656
Posted By DaleB
I sure do wish!!! I really want to do something...

I sure do wish!!!

I really want to do something similar -- build replacement panels to correct some cosmetic issues as well as a couple of minor changes. I really don't want to rip everything apart...
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,850
Posted By DaleB
We've been chasing a similar issue. Once in a...

We've been chasing a similar issue. Once in a while we get a "FUEL FLOW HIGH" alarm, with flow showing as high as 10+ GPH. In our case it seems to almost always be above 7000 DA, consistent with...
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,485
Posted By DaleB
Yes, that was my point... DARs make mistakes...

Yes, that was my point... DARs make mistakes sometimes. Except for Mel, of course. :)
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,485
Posted By DaleB
Unless someone just made a mistake. Mine is...

Unless someone just made a mistake. Mine is E-LSA with the name of the builder listed as the manufacturer. I would assume, though, that today DARs -- and especially the DAR in this case -- would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,230
Posted By DaleB
Given what I know about battery powered stuff and...

Given what I know about battery powered stuff and how manufacturers seem to develop specs (wildly optimistic calculations based on 12 year old girls riding them downhill), I just assume that for me...
Forum: RV-12 08-06-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,202
Posted By DaleB
I've heard several rumors... anything from a...

I've heard several rumors... anything from a gross weight limit increase to 1500#, all the way up to "Sport pilots can fly anything up to Basic Med limits, but can only carry one passenger". I've...
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,470
Posted By DaleB
I only tie down on rare occasions, so I install...

I only tie down on rare occasions, so I install when needed and normally have them in the glove box. So far, in fact, I think I've only used them at Oshkosh. The rest of the time I just chock the...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Posted By DaleB
He's building a 12iS, it's got way different...

He's building a 12iS, it's got way different plumbing.
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 18,160
Posted By DaleB
That can be a concern with devices that warm up...

That can be a concern with devices that warm up during use. A digital level or inclinometer uses so little current that there will be no measurable rise in temperature during use.
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 18,160
Posted By DaleB
It's in the KAI and the maintenance manual - I...

It's in the KAI and the maintenance manual - I always look it up and never rely on memory. The bolts use Nord-Lok washers, reusable if you have to remove them.
Forum: RV-12 07-10-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 18,160
Posted By DaleB
How nice of them to release that the day after we...

How nice of them to release that the day after we pulled the spinner off to start our condition inspection.
Forum: Safety 07-09-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,043
Posted By DaleB
Even smart dogs are pretty stupid by human...

Even smart dogs are pretty stupid by human standards. I'd never allow mine to run loose at an airport, and mine's pretty smart -- for a dog. That means about like a highly mobile but slightly...
Forum: RV-12 07-05-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,516
Posted By DaleB
D-180, yes. I don't remember watching the charge...

D-180, yes. I don't remember watching the charge current. The regulator is pretty quiet, voltage is rock steady and I haven't had any trouble at all since installing it in Oct. or Nov. of 2016.

I...
Forum: RV-12 07-05-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,516
Posted By DaleB
Yup. My F4118 cost me over $300 by the time I...

Yup. My F4118 cost me over $300 by the time I paid shipping. Pricey, but supposed to be WAY better than the Ducati regulator, and I wasn't in the mood to roll the dice on the JD clone regulator...
Forum: RV-12 07-03-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,516
Posted By DaleB
http://www.silent-hektik.de/UL_R_912.htm From...

http://www.silent-hektik.de/UL_R_912.htm

From their web page:
- over voltage shoutdown >15,4V 2%
- over temperature alarm >70°C 10%
- extra extended heatsink surface
- redundant minus...
Forum: RV-12 06-25-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,315
Posted By DaleB
Stack all the pieces, then add epoxy? Almost...

Stack all the pieces, then add epoxy? Almost seems like cheating. :)
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,356
Posted By DaleB
I can't imagine that any wind limitation doesn't...

I can't imagine that any wind limitation doesn't just refer to surface winds only. It's not unusual at all to see 40 to 50+ knot winds aloft around here, even at relatively low altitudes. I have a...
Forum: RV-12 06-10-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,057
Posted By DaleB
Rainbow was the only one I found. I went down to...

Rainbow was the only one I found. I went down to Denton TX for the weekend when they had it there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,789
Posted By DaleB
Another angle on this. I did a pre-buy...

Another angle on this. I did a pre-buy inspection of the RV-12 I ended up buying. I took along a very well qualified person (ME, EAA tech counselor, multiple builder including RV-6 and RV-12). ...
Forum: RV-12 06-04-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,819
Posted By DaleB
Trust me, the breakout force adjustment in the...

Trust me, the breakout force adjustment in the manual is correct. Having the friction too high makes it VERY difficult to steer in any wind conditions (including calm). I let mine get too stiff due...
Forum: RV-12 06-03-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 959
Posted By DaleB
I have the Silent Hektik regulator. It's very...

I have the Silent Hektik regulator. It's very stable and electrically quiet, as it certainly should be given its price. The only thing I don't like is that it's designed for Li batteries, and steps...
Forum: RV-12 05-15-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,984
Posted By DaleB
If there is one thing my airplane is not short...

If there is one thing my airplane is not short of, it's paint. Trust me.
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