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Forum: International Today, 05:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By rgmwa
Visit the Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka,...

Visit the Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka, South Island, while you're there. No RV's but a lot of other good stuff. http://www.omaka.org.nz/
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,046
Posted By rgmwa
Snow you say, John? I've heard of it so it...

Snow you say, John? I've heard of it so it probably exists, but you won't come across any down here. However, we do have the distinction of being the most isolated capital city in the world, so it...
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,046
Posted By rgmwa
40-45 airports within 125 mile radius? That's...

40-45 airports within 125 mile radius? That's impressive. We'd have closer to 5 down here that you might call an airport. ie an sealed strip and one or more hangars. Mind you we do have the Indian...
Forum: RV-12 04-11-2018, 01:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,139
Posted By rgmwa
Probably a little unfair to compare the Sling 2...

Probably a little unfair to compare the Sling 2 and the RV-12 too closely as the Sling is not primarily an LSA since it's designed to the VLA standard. It can meet the LSA criteria but has to give up...
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,508
Posted By rgmwa
Check Modifications thread for various pump...

Check Modifications thread for various pump switch solutions.
Forum: RV-12 03-15-2018, 10:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,143
Posted By rgmwa
Interesting question. I would guess maybe 80%...

Interesting question. I would guess maybe 80% would go with the iS. Those staying with the ULS are probably doing so mainly to save some money or because they see the iS as being more complicated to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 03:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,049
Posted By rgmwa
It may be cheaper to shop around for a decent,...

It may be cheaper to shop around for a decent, older flying RV than building a new one from bargain basement or abandoned sub-kits where you may not be sure of the quality of workmanship. It would...
Forum: RV-12 03-05-2018, 04:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
Ordered today. Thanks Tony and Hal and all other...

Ordered today. Thanks Tony and Hal and all other responders. I suspect Vans may be getting a few more orders soon. It looks like a very nice product and I'll feel happier leaving the plane unattended...
Forum: RV-12 03-03-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
Well I'm sold - very classy! Thanks Tony! I'll...

Well I'm sold - very classy! Thanks Tony! I'll wait for Hal's comments, mainly because in my experience ACS will typically charge about $45 postage even for a small item like that. Van's shipping...
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2018, 03:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
Above and beyond the call Tony. Many thanks!

Above and beyond the call Tony. Many thanks!
Forum: RV-12 02-27-2018, 05:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Vlad. I was thinking more or less along...

Thanks Vlad. I was thinking more or less along those lines myself as an alternative to a locking cap. Haven't decided which way to go yet.
Forum: RV-12 02-27-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Julian and all for your replies. Good to...

Thanks Julian and all for your replies. Good to know the Vans cap will work.
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 11:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
I live in the best country in the world.:D ...

I live in the best country in the world.:D

However, I have in mind to visit some out of the way places where tampering with aircraft to get fuel for sniffing purposes is not unheard of, and...
Forum: RV-12 02-25-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Crashley, but that one won't work on the...

Thanks Crashley, but that one won't work on the RV-12 unfortunately. I have a simple idea for making the standard cap tamper-resistant, but a lockable cap would be better still.

Edit: On a closer...
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,732
Posted By rgmwa
Locking fuel cap for RV-12

Has anyone found a locking fuel cap for the RV-12 or made the standard one lockable in some way?
Forum: RV-12 02-18-2018, 05:05 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 25,563
Posted By rgmwa
... and maybe a wee dram to celebrate a...

... and maybe a wee dram to celebrate a successful operation?. ;)
Forum: RV-12 02-16-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,433
Posted By rgmwa
A bag of worms?? That's a bit harsh, and I don't...

A bag of worms?? That's a bit harsh, and I don't think the cost of a few upgrade parts to fix or prevent problems that generally come to light as the result of real-world experience counts for much...
Forum: RV-12 02-15-2018, 10:08 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 25,563
Posted By rgmwa
That's if you can actually see any cracks. They...

That's if you can actually see any cracks. They would be very easy to miss judging by the photos in the SB. I wonder what prompted Vans to look there, although I guess it's an obvious potential...
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,453
Posted By rgmwa
No, pure altruism. :D I just think the RV-12...

No, pure altruism. :D I just think the RV-12 would look very nice hanging up beside the Spirit of St Louis or the X-15.
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,817
Posted By rgmwa
It can be done. I speak from experience....

It can be done. I speak from experience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RcjEd7lR4Q

Edit: beat me to it by milliseconds
Forum: RV-12 02-08-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,404
Posted By rgmwa
Maybe check the hose located under the filler cap...

Maybe check the hose located under the filler cap to make sure it's seated properly and the hose end is not split. I had a similar leak a while back when the hose developed a split.
Forum: RV-12 02-08-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,453
Posted By rgmwa
One day when I have to give up flying, I'll...

One day when I have to give up flying, I'll donate my 12 to the Smithsonian. All they have to do is drill out 2 rivets and hang it up. Vans think of everything. ;)
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,453
Posted By rgmwa
I believe it was to facilitate hoisting the plane...

I believe it was to facilitate hoisting the plane up if that was going to be a useful feature for some builders. There's a #30 hole in the top wing skin just above the tie-down point, but as far as I...
Forum: RV-12 02-01-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,682
Posted By rgmwa
The Sling was designed to meet the EASA CS-VLA...

The Sling was designed to meet the EASA CS-VLA (Very Light Aeroplanes) Specification which allows a MAUW of 700 kg (1540 lb).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,081
Posted By rgmwa
You can set up the Skyview to show round dials if...

You can set up the Skyview to show round dials if you prefer, but it doesn't take long to get used to the tape display. With that RV as motivation and flying left seat, your air sickness will...
Forum: RV-12 01-19-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,132
Posted By rgmwa
One feature of the 12 that I liked was knowing...

One feature of the 12 that I liked was knowing pretty accurately what it was going to cost me to build a fully optioned plane before I ordered the first kit. When it was finished I'd spent about...
Forum: RV-12 01-16-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,556
Posted By rgmwa
Notwithstanding the problems the OP is having,...

Notwithstanding the problems the OP is having, every time I have to remove the wings I'm still amazed that Vans can fabricate and kit wing spars and fuselage with holes that line up so accurately...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,147
Posted By rgmwa
I suspect VAF is a double-edged sword for Vans....

I suspect VAF is a double-edged sword for Vans. Even if it's not directly a factor in a builder or buyer choosing an RV, it helps to focus attention on RV's and third party suppliers. It's also a...
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2017, 10:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,273
Posted By rgmwa
I ended up buying the expensive Cherrymax. The...

I ended up buying the expensive Cherrymax. The other two hand riveters I had didn't work.
Forum: Canada 11-23-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,280
Posted By rgmwa
The nice thing about RV's is having so many...

The nice thing about RV's is having so many choices. I built a 12 because it ticked all the right boxes for me, but I wouldn't want a 10 or an 8 for example.
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,048
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Boyd. It might be your first VAF post, but...

Thanks Boyd. It might be your first VAF post, but if you bought an RV3 kit made by Van himself at his house, you've been around RVs far longer than I have. I'm impressed! Thanks for the tip. I had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,972
Posted By rgmwa
Hard to say. They probably already go well past...

Hard to say. They probably already go well past the point where less customer oriented companies might have withdrawn support for their oldest designs based on purely economic grounds. The fact that...
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,048
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks John. My plan was to use mineral spirits,...

Thanks John. My plan was to use mineral spirits, but was curious to know what others do when re-packing these bearings.
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,661
Posted By rgmwa
I'm happy with the ULS, but if I was building...

I'm happy with the ULS, but if I was building again I'd choose the iS. The extra cost will translate to a higher resale value, if that's a concern. My only hesitation would be the scarcity of...
Forum: RV-12 11-06-2017, 12:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,048
Posted By rgmwa
What's the best way to remove the old grease...

What's the best way to remove the old grease prior to re-packing the bearings?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2017, 06:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,488
Posted By rgmwa
"I think you should do it". Wife's advice, so...

"I think you should do it". Wife's advice, so who was I to argue?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-29-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 326
Views: 114,490
Posted By rgmwa
Is there going to be a conclusion to this trip...

Is there going to be a conclusion to this trip across the USA, which has been interesting so far, or are we just waiting for the end of everything? I don't mind which it is, but I'd just like to know.
Forum: Canada 10-18-2017, 11:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,280
Posted By rgmwa
Different country, but I went through the same...

Different country, but I went through the same comparison between the 12 and the 9. I chose the 12 mainly because the kit was so complete, but also for the other reasons you mentioned. It's also...
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Dave, I've just taken the wings off for...

Thanks Dave,
I've just taken the wings off for the annual and will try your suggestion.
Forum: Safety 10-15-2017, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,457
Posted By rgmwa
Maybe a triangular bandage. Lots of different...

Maybe a triangular bandage. Lots of different uses.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-11-2017, 11:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,952
Posted By rgmwa
`Junkyard Special' has a nice ring to it,...

`Junkyard Special' has a nice ring to it, although it definitely looks more special than junk in the photos. `Phoenix' is good too, but it didn't end too well when Jimmy Stewart flew it in the...
Forum: RV-12 10-09-2017, 05:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,981
Posted By rgmwa
Decided to replace mine also even though the...

Decided to replace mine also even though the existing one looks fine. Not sure whether it's an expensive precaution at $511 AUD :eek: shipped (and I forgot the fairing conversion kit, so there goes...
Forum: RV-12 10-06-2017, 06:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,582
Posted By rgmwa
The cap itself is no longer vented. There is a...

The cap itself is no longer vented. There is a separate vent line from the tank as per KAI 37.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,518
Posted By rgmwa
I'd suggest fitting the engine first. Less chance...

I'd suggest fitting the engine first. Less chance of error, even though the plans say it can be done without the engine. My cowl would not have fitted had it been trimmed just to the scribe lines.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 06:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
I wouldn't be surprised if it was something like...

I wouldn't be surprised if it was something like that John, although I've been known to be wrong before. :(
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 05:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
Got down to the hangar today, plugged in the...

Got down to the hangar today, plugged in the headset, turned the master and avionics on and Skyview off, pressed the PTT and sure enough the loud tone was there again. Made sure the SL40 was fully...
Forum: RV-12 09-13-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
Not yet Tom. Haven't had a chance to get back to...

Not yet Tom. Haven't had a chance to get back to the hangar, but will post here if I can track it down. It's a steady tone, rather than a typical feedback squeal, which I've had before and fixed by...
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2017, 03:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
Yes, but only after certification in the US (or...

Yes, but only after certification in the US (or with Van's approval). My 12 is EAB anyway (or AB(E) as it's known here), so no problem.
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
That sounds like a good idea. Thanks Noel.

That sounds like a good idea. Thanks Noel.
Forum: RV-12 09-10-2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Joe. I'll try that. The plane is due for...

Thanks Joe. I'll try that. The plane is due for its annual (again!) in a week or two, so it will be a good time to take things apart.
Forum: RV-12 09-10-2017, 07:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Jim. In my case I can receive...

Thanks Jim. In my case I can receive transmissions OK and voice gets out when I transmit, but the steady loud tone that I hear when I press the PTT button also seems to get transmitted and pretty...
Forum: RV-12 09-10-2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,200
Posted By rgmwa
Radio issues (RV-12)

I'm trying to track down a transmit issue with the SL40 and Flightcom 403 intercom in my RV-12. My radio installation has never worked particularly well, and initially had a loud squeal until I...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,545
Posted By rgmwa
Wattyl Super-Etch primer is popular down here...

Wattyl Super-Etch primer is popular down here (either spray cans or gun). Scuff thoroughly with maroon Scotchbrite, clean in mild detergent, thoroughly rinse off and/or clean with acetone, and then...
Forum: RV-12 08-18-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,642
Posted By rgmwa
That's what I did.

That's what I did.
Forum: RV-12 08-18-2017, 01:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,642
Posted By rgmwa
Have you hung the engine yet? I had to do a lot...

Have you hung the engine yet? I had to do a lot more trimming than that suggested by the scribe lines to get a good fit. At one stage I even wondered if the engine was misaligned on the mounts, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,822
Posted By rgmwa
Step 1 is `Order tail kit'. Everything else will...

Step 1 is `Order tail kit'. Everything else will soon fall into place. ;)
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,047
Posted By rgmwa
Dynon made the six-pack display available while I...

Dynon made the six-pack display available while I was still building. Having only flown with steam gauges, I thought it would really make the transition to an efis easier for me. In the end there was...
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,680
Posted By rgmwa
Sounds plausible to me, and would be an easy...

Sounds plausible to me, and would be an easy mistake to make. A Mars probe was lost for a similar conversion error. If that's what happened in this case, I would see it as a one-off and certainly...
Forum: RV-12 08-04-2017, 03:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,680
Posted By rgmwa
That seems a bit harsh. I don't see anyone here...

That seems a bit harsh. I don't see anyone here who doesn't think that Van's have done a great job in improving the RV-12. The 912iS is a welcome upgrade to an already great design, and the improved...
Forum: RV-12 08-03-2017, 10:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,680
Posted By rgmwa
If the current range values in the POH are overly...

If the current range values in the POH are overly optimistic for whatever reason, then I assume they will be amended. I don't mind what the values are as long as they are reliable. Knowing Van's...
Forum: RV-12 08-03-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,680
Posted By rgmwa
The numbers listed in the POH (Rev 12) for the...

The numbers listed in the POH (Rev 12) for the ULS are 482 nm at 7500'/5500rpm, and 534nm at 7500'/5000rpm. These equate to 555 and 614 statute miles respectively. It would be reasonable to expect...
Forum: RV-12 07-19-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,492
Posted By rgmwa
912iS pkg $32.825k, 912 ULS pkg $27.825k -...

912iS pkg $32.825k, 912 ULS pkg $27.825k - There's your discount ;)
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