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Forum: RV-14 11-22-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,747
Posted By joe gremlin
Rudder authority is the determining factor in how...

Rudder authority is the determining factor in how much crosswind a plane can handle. The position of the little wheel has nothing to do with it. The tailwheel -14 has the same size rudder as the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,532
Posted By joe gremlin
120 hr course? :confused:

120 hr course? :confused:
Forum: RV-14 11-22-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,747
Posted By joe gremlin
Most of my hours are in tailwheel. I was looking...

Most of my hours are in tailwheel. I was looking hard at the -9 and the -14 and took a demo flight in the -14 when I visited the factory. Loved the plane in the air. Didn't care much for the forward...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-05-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 481
Views: 136,906
Posted By joe gremlin
The iS solves carb float and sync issues. I...

The iS solves carb float and sync issues. I believe teflon has solved the hose replacement issue as well.

The prospect of an electric airplane certainly is fascinating. And though I'm sure we're...
Forum: Autopilots 11-01-2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,098
Posted By joe gremlin
Don't forget servos for the brakes. Otherwise the...

Don't forget servos for the brakes. Otherwise the system would have no way of steering or stopping once on the runway.

All the media I've seen on this so far talks about autoland as a tool for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,257
Posted By joe gremlin
Welcome. The 12 is the only model with a spar pin...

Welcome. The 12 is the only model with a spar pin light on the panel. If you see a pic of a Vans with the red spare pin light on the panel, you're looking at a 12. The 12 is also the only model that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-16-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,627
Posted By joe gremlin
They were just holding the page upside down when...

They were just holding the page upside down when they got to that part of the design process so it ended up on the wrong end. ;)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-16-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,627
Posted By joe gremlin
If we're talking factory bought kits (not 2nd...

If we're talking factory bought kits (not 2nd hand) and all factory new equipment and panel, I don't think you'll be able to finish any Vans kit cheaper than a 12. The 12 will be among the cheapest...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,940
Posted By joe gremlin
Have any pics of your tank and its install?

Have any pics of your tank and its install?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 789
Posted By joe gremlin
Recommend the Evergreen museum. Spring for the...

Recommend the Evergreen museum. Spring for the cockpit tour.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-30-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,720
Posted By joe gremlin
I'd suspect they already have some kind of -12xx...

I'd suspect they already have some kind of -12xx in the planning stages. Or at least as much you can have something in the planning stages to meet a reg that doesn't yet exist.

That being said my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-30-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,940
Posted By joe gremlin
IIRC there are some posts in the mods thread that...

IIRC there are some posts in the mods thread that show an early 12 with a full width tank behind the seats. This was years before the iS was thought of so he obviously fabricated it from scratch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,439
Posted By joe gremlin
On a new everything -9 vs a new everything -14,...

On a new everything -9 vs a new everything -14, yeah probably not that much difference in cost in the end. On a new everything -12 vs a new everything -14? I don't think I'd call that difference in...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 09-18-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 136,906
Posted By joe gremlin
Wow. I never would've guessed you could pull off...

Wow. I never would've guessed you could pull off managing a light twin without feathering props. You learn something every day. :)
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 09-18-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 136,906
Posted By joe gremlin
It looks like he's got wood props on that thing....

It looks like he's got wood props on that thing. I shudder to think what that will be like when you lose one on take off and can't feather it. :eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,439
Posted By joe gremlin
They can use the same prop, but they don't have...

They can use the same prop, but they don't have to. There are lots of 9s flying behind fixed props. I don't believe a fixed prop option exists for the 14.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,439
Posted By joe gremlin
Yes and yes. I sat in the Vans 9a at the factory....

Yes and yes. I sat in the Vans 9a at the factory. The front edge of the slider dips a bit lower at the front edge so I had to tilt my head and scrunch down a bit to get it closed. Once it was closed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,439
Posted By joe gremlin
Go sit in both. I'm 6' and I found the 9 to be...

Go sit in both. I'm 6' and I found the 9 to be tight. Not terribly uncomfortable, but tight. I found the 12 fit me better and was easier to get in and out of.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-12-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 701
Posted By joe gremlin
Definitely get a ride in one of you get the...

Definitely get a ride in one of you get the opportunity. But I can tell you that I bought a 12 project earlier this year so one of the goals when we went to Oshkosh was to see how we fit in one. I'm...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-07-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,744
Posted By joe gremlin
Sorry for your loss.

Sorry for your loss.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-31-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,643
Posted By joe gremlin
I think I would disconnect the cables and measure...

I think I would disconnect the cables and measure volts then wait a week and measure volts again before I looked any deeper.

I drive a company vehicle and I have a MX manager who loves a bargain so...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-23-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,746
Posted By joe gremlin
Oh I agree. I'm building because I want to build....

Oh I agree. I'm building because I want to build. Buying would be quicker easier and cheaper. But then I'd miss out on the experience of building and that's an experience that I want to have.

But I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,185
Posted By joe gremlin
I've seen sheep skin covers, but I don't think...

I've seen sheep skin covers, but I don't think I've ever seen sheep skin upholstered seats. I'd be interested to see pics if anyone has them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,746
Posted By joe gremlin
To each his own but I am not going to spend close...

To each his own but I am not going to spend close to $100k to build a plane with a modern glass panel and not put an autopilot in it. Whether I use it not is a different matter.

As over priced as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,746
Posted By joe gremlin
Well technically speaking, to certify as ELSA the...

Well technically speaking, to certify as ELSA the plane is supposed to be built strictly to the plans. Unless the plans say installation of the bracket is optional, then it should probably be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,768
Posted By joe gremlin
Apologies if this has been asked and answered...

Apologies if this has been asked and answered previously. If you build an iS and choose to go with the standard VFR Garmin avionics, would you be able to upgrade the plane to this IFR package later...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By joe gremlin
I think I read somewhere that one of the design...

I think I read somewhere that one of the design goals was to make the plane easy to trailer to and from the airport. Hence the easily removable wings and the horizontal stab that's limited to 8' in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,012
Posted By joe gremlin
I spoke to them at OSH. They definitely do...

I spoke to them at OSH. They definitely do projects. The guy I spoke with mentioned a 5 year loan/10 year amortization as being typical. Once you get an airworthiness cert, you refi as a regular...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-05-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 19,527
Posted By joe gremlin
I was looking hard at the S-21. But even with...

I was looking hard at the S-21. But even with 180hp you're not going to see 140kts or better out of an S-21. At least not unless Rans is being very pessimistic about the speed numbers they report.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-05-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 19,527
Posted By joe gremlin
That's true so long as we only use those two...

That's true so long as we only use those two criteria, i.e. high wing and 2-seat.

If I asked you to find me a high wing 2-seat kit at OSH, you could probably throw a rock in any direction and hit...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,016
Posted By joe gremlin
A very valid point. You will save $15k on the...

A very valid point. You will save $15k on the build. But if you take a $20k or $25k hit at resale time, what have you really saved?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-01-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,016
Posted By joe gremlin
@ 5:29 - "I can do that (climb rate) all the way...

@ 5:29 - "I can do that (climb rate) all the way to 1500ft with me and full gas and 50lbs of bags, almost gross."

That's impressive performance but it seems like it turns the 12 into a 1-person...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-01-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,733
Posted By joe gremlin
In a kitbuilt experimental? None. But if you want...

In a kitbuilt experimental? None. But if you want a 4-place 4-cyl for under $100k, there a lots of choices available on the certified market and I think that's the point they're making.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-31-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,733
Posted By joe gremlin
Technically you can. But there are dozens of -360...

Technically you can. But there are dozens of -360 variants and only two or three of them will work in a 14. If you can find one, you can use it. So technically speaking you can, but practically...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-31-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,733
Posted By joe gremlin
I disagree. If you're looking for the ease of...

I disagree. If you're looking for the ease of entry that comes with a high wing, you've got lots of options, but just about all of them struggle to see anything north of 130 knots and several of them...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,722
Posted By joe gremlin
That's my opinion on it as well. If/when I build...

That's my opinion on it as well. If/when I build a 9, it will have the new style gear. I wouldn't even consider building with the old style at this point.
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-30-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,194
Posted By joe gremlin
It doesn't look the spinner has a pitot on it. Do...

It doesn't look the spinner has a pitot on it. Do you need to install a pitot in the wing and plumb it?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-28-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,878
Posted By joe gremlin
Has Vans mentioned a price yet?

Has Vans mentioned a price yet?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-26-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,878
Posted By joe gremlin
I don't believe it is. IIRC the sling uses an...

I don't believe it is. IIRC the sling uses an Airmaster or a Warpdrive and Vans is using a Hartzell.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,083
Posted By joe gremlin
I think wanting a hangar is more of an aircraft...

I think wanting a hangar is more of an aircraft ownership thing than an RV specific thing. Lots of 172's are kept in hangars. And the hangar costs the same no matter what plane you put inside it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,083
Posted By joe gremlin
Sometimes whether something is a pro or a con...

Sometimes whether something is a pro or a con depends entirely on your own perspective and opinions.

For example, with experimentals there are no AD's ever. Most owners of experimentals see that as...
Forum: Safety 06-16-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,206
Posted By joe gremlin
You have to look at the flight profile and...

You have to look at the flight profile and typical crash profile for the plane and the particular operation you're going to be conducting.

In my banner flying days, we wore helmets. Banner planes...
Forum: RV-14 06-11-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,964
Posted By joe gremlin
I partnered in a Mooney for a while and the other...

I partnered in a Mooney for a while and the other guy did his own Corrosion X treatment before I got involved. I was only involved with the plane a couple years but for the time I was in it, I could...
Forum: RV-10 05-20-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,193
Posted By joe gremlin
Is there fascia under the trim that can also come...

Is there fascia under the trim that can also come off?
Forum: RV-10 05-20-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,193
Posted By joe gremlin
Is there trim around the door that can be...

Is there trim around the door that can be removed? You can usually come up with an extra inch or two by pulling the trim pieces off.
Forum: RV-10 05-20-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,193
Posted By joe gremlin
I doubt that'll work. If you pull the pull the...

I doubt that'll work. If you pull the pull the gear legs in, you're going to make the plane taller and OP says its already too high.
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,448
Posted By joe gremlin
Different airplanes, same mission. Two seat...

Different airplanes, same mission. Two seat traveling. Either one would work for that.

Also don't get too hung up on the word justify. Its not so much justifying as understanding what the costs...
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,448
Posted By joe gremlin
I was thinking more in terms of weighing the pros...

I was thinking more in terms of weighing the pros and cons of a 9 vs a 14. I like the roominess of the 14, but the cost premium is hard to swallow. There is no doubt that a 14 will cost more simply...
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,448
Posted By joe gremlin
I've heard this mentioned before but I don't...

I've heard this mentioned before but I don't believe I've ever found a good description of what all is included that isn't included in the other kits and/or what those items would likely cost if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,487
Posted By joe gremlin
Seems like a cordless drill, safety wire and...

Seems like a cordless drill, safety wire and about $100 worth of chicken wire could get this solved.

I'd be on the same page as far as not wanting to perform capital improvements to a property that...
Forum: Safety 04-02-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,259
Posted By joe gremlin
I remember discussing this sort of thing (same...

I remember discussing this sort of thing (same subject but not RV related) with one of the owners of the flight school where I did my private.

Should you abort? Should you turn back? Yada yada yada....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,151
Posted By joe gremlin
I had a breather line clogged once (ice inside...

I had a breather line clogged once (ice inside the end). It killed the motor when I throttled up to taxi and blew the front seal when I restarted it. I agree that a clogged breather line wouldn't...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-25-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 136,906
Posted By joe gremlin
I totally get the desire for high wing for ease...

I totally get the desire for high wing for ease of entry of those of us whose knees and backs ain't what they used to be. But seems like most of those asking for a high wing are picturing a tundra...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,274
Posted By joe gremlin
Good to know. So the only difference then would...

Good to know. So the only difference then would be whether or not a future owner would need an A&P to do the condition inspection?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,274
Posted By joe gremlin
I knew this was a bad idea when I thought of it....

I knew this was a bad idea when I thought of it. And yet I'm still thinking about it.

Still think I'd want to complete it as an LSA if possible. Assuming what's been completed so far is compliant,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,274
Posted By joe gremlin
Good advice no doubt. My thought with this stems...

Good advice no doubt. My thought with this stems from a comment my wife made right after I took a demo flight at Vans last year.

She said 'I know you. You're not going to build an airplane. You're...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,274
Posted By joe gremlin
The ad says he has all records of build. Looks...

The ad says he has all records of build. Looks like the same guy is also selling a flying -9. I'm guessing he built that as well.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,274
Posted By joe gremlin
So to clarify, even if the engine he has is a 912...

So to clarify, even if the engine he has is a 912 ULS, if it didn't come from Vans the plane can't be registered as E-LSA, is that correct?

Assuming that's the case should I also assume the resale...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-13-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,274
Posted By joe gremlin
Regardless of design, it appears that the bulk of...

Regardless of design, it appears that the bulk of the riveting is already done. For sure there will be lots of skills to learn including the basics of riveting. But I wouldn't expect to come away...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-13-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,274
Posted By joe gremlin
RV12 Project - Cost To Complete

I took a peek at Craigslist and found an RV12 project for sale near me. Looks like the tail, wings and fuselage are complete or nearly so and it includes a low time rotax. The asking price is $20k....
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-19-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,347
Posted By joe gremlin
...and that's why they don't invite us to their...

...and that's why they don't invite us to their cookouts anymore. :o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,246
Posted By joe gremlin
No engine time listed. Wood prop but CS prop...

No engine time listed. Wood prop but CS prop control suggests the prop and/or motor was changed at some point. Not a deal breaker, but go into it with the assumption that original prop and possibly...
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