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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By TomVal
Carl, Thanks for the upload!

Carl,

Thanks for the upload!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By TomVal
Jim, Actually my tour in the Tweets was only...

Jim,

Actually my tour in the Tweets was only during pilot training however the birds, sans insignia, were still unpainted. I stole the paint job from later era Tweets flown out of Randolph AFB, TX.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 03:28 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,755
Posted By TomVal
I recently received a very low ball offer on my...

I recently received a very low ball offer on my airplane via email. I just replied, "Good luck in your search."

I've been watching other For Sale websites on the -12 for several months. The market...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 03:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By TomVal
Couldn't get the photo to post. Click the direct...

Couldn't get the photo to post. Click the direct link to open.

Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By TomVal
Cool Photo & Cool Morning Temps

Yesterday I was headed to an EAA Chapter 477 (KRBW-Walterboro, SC) Young Eagles event. They were expecting 30 Boy Scouts. This particular chapter does a fantastic job in organizing these events and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By TomVal
Very pleased with the mod.

Very pleased with the mod.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-29-2019, 03:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By TomVal
I received a question about the lettering and...

I received a question about the lettering and graphics on the airplane. The following insignia are vinyl:

On cowling: U.S. Air Force

On Vertical Stab: ATC insignia, SC, N7747

Everything else is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-29-2019, 03:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,054
Posted By TomVal
Pretty cool system. It would be interesting to...

Pretty cool system. It would be interesting to see the net change in weight and cg to include the recommended propeller.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-26-2019, 06:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By TomVal
Jab 2200 Performance Discussion

I have understandably received several inquiries about the performance of the Jabiru 2200 engine. At 80 hp, the engine does not match the performance of the Rotax. This aircraft is a great flat...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-26-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By TomVal
Thanks for the kind words John! Let me know when...

Thanks for the kind words John! Let me know when you are ready to move the -8 build out to the airport. If so, give me a heads up and I'll start keeping a lookout for a hangar vacancy.

Now back to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-24-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By TomVal
RV-12 For Sale

2011 VANS RV-12 LSA-EAB, $53,000, FOR SALE, 207 TTAF, 39 TTSN engine & prop. Jabiru 80hp generation 4 engine. GRT dual EFIS Sport SX displays w/SV, 4000 EIS, 2 axis AP, SafeFly 2020 GPS. Garmin 327...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-24-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,119
Posted By TomVal
The main reason I chose an alternative engine was...

The main reason I chose an alternative engine was to give me additional useful load (572lbs). I have carried 440 pounds in the front seats with full fuel and about 10 pounds for baggage. I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,430
Posted By TomVal
Today I stop drilled and applied two applications...

Today I stop drilled and applied two applications of Weld-On #3 to the crack.

For filling the ⅛" holes, I purchased a 4 oz tube of Weld-On #16. I don't particularly like the applicator tip that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,430
Posted By TomVal
The crack is about 1.5 inches long and started...

The crack is about 1.5 inches long and started about two inches above the trailing edge of the canopy skirt. The crack does not penetrate completely through the Lexan but has an internal void...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,430
Posted By TomVal
I just joined the Lexan Canopy Crack Club...

I just joined the Lexan Canopy Crack Club (LCCC)...having t-shirt made. Good thread!

Talked to mothership and discussed technique and options ($$$). Will attempt fix first.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-07-2019, 05:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,337
Posted By TomVal
The nose wheel pant will fit the new fork. The...

The nose wheel pant will fit the new fork. The SB will direct you to bend the front tip of the re-enforcing bracket a few degrees (I don't remember the exact degree of bend). That will match the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,755
Posted By TomVal
I had two buyer's show up at the same time. I...

I had two buyer's show up at the same time. I previously had given both time slots however buyer 2 showed up a few minutes ahead of buyer 1. Within minutes, buyer 2 said he would take the airplane....
Forum: ADS-B 08-28-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,607
Posted By TomVal
I have the identical configuration. Here is an...

I have the identical configuration. Here is an ADS-B shot with the aircraft parked in the hangar with the hangar door open! What a great...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,287
Posted By TomVal
Take a look at this current NOTAM centered off...

Take a look at this current NOTAM centered off the Raleigh Durham, NC VOR (RDU221/053). Just food for thought.

GPS (FTBRNC GPS 19-60) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE WI A...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-19-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,606
Posted By TomVal
I'm old fashion or perhaps "chicken". My -12 has...

I'm old fashion or perhaps "chicken". My -12 has all the magic but I still carry sectionals and if heading out of town will print out a hard copy of the flight plan. You can carry dozens of backup...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 18,336
Posted By TomVal
Yes, the wife and I are now in that camp. ...

Yes, the wife and I are now in that camp. Started looking at 172's.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,416
Posted By TomVal
OP: Has Oshkosh Gotten Too Big Just returned...

OP: Has Oshkosh Gotten Too Big

Just returned from OSH yesterday. When you look at the "ocean" of aircraft at OSH, and couple that scene with the "sea" of aircraft parked at FDL and other satellite...
Forum: Safety 07-22-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 425
Posted By TomVal
Onboard Fire Extinguisher Weight Check

FYI

Today I weighed my fire extinguisher as part of my annual condition inspection. I have the small RT-A400 HR3 model without the pressure gauge. Normal gross weight is 1.2 lbs. After 6 years,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-15-2019, 05:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,024
Posted By TomVal
I'll second that...use RV-12i or RV-12is in...

I'll second that...use RV-12i or RV-12is in signature line.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,477
Posted By TomVal
Jabiru does not recommend any additives but those...

Jabiru does not recommend any additives but those who use it on their Jab engines are very pleased with the results. My relatively new engine is now out of warranty so I started using it.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-07-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,091
Posted By TomVal
You have 4 sensor lights apparently in good...

You have 4 sensor lights apparently in good working order. It looks like you have at least 6 sensor lights iinop. I would ground the vehicle until those 6 lights are repaired.
Forum: Safety 06-06-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,922
Posted By TomVal
Ref: Post #14 The helmet has sold.

Ref: Post #14

The helmet has sold.
Forum: Safety 06-06-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,922
Posted By TomVal
I have my son's F-16 helmet with visor, O2 mask,...

I have my son's F-16 helmet with visor, O2 mask, and have a two plug battery operated com cable. On the microphone side the com interface cable needs a new plug. I used to wear the helmet when I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,686
Posted By TomVal
Vlad, you are an inspiration to us all!

Vlad, you are an inspiration to us all!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-18-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,678
Posted By TomVal
It may have something to do with the prop...

It may have something to do with the prop governor until the oil warms up. Or maybe recycle the prop a few extra times before takeoff.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,267
Posted By TomVal
Finally the stars aligned and the son and I was...

Finally the stars aligned and the son and I was able to log 3 hours in the -12 this past weekend!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-15-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,233
Posted By TomVal
Well done and great editing skills!

Well done and great editing skills!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 15,055
Posted By TomVal
What were those things (fences???). Maybe...

What were those things (fences???). Maybe hard-points for JATO bottles?:)

Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 15,055
Posted By TomVal
Ron, This past weekend I was invited by a friend...

Ron,

This past weekend I was invited by a friend to go with him to attend the Snowbird Classic IAC competition at Marion County Airport, FL (X35). It was a very well organized event and a super...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2019, 03:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,260
Posted By TomVal
John, Welcome to the forum. Sent you a PM.

John,

Welcome to the forum. Sent you a PM.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,816
Posted By TomVal
John, Hopefully the gearbox was the culprit. ...

John,

Hopefully the gearbox was the culprit. Another item for the comprehensive list is to consider re-clocking the prop one prop flange bolt hole forward or back from present position.
Forum: ADS-B 03-14-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,016
Posted By TomVal
Andy, I my case the only open port available was...

Andy,

I my case the only open port available was the one occupied by the internal GPS, otherwise I could have done as you suggested. I only mentioned this because if poster #20 has a single EFIS,...
Forum: ADS-B 03-14-2019, 05:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,016
Posted By TomVal
I assume you are running with a single Sport SX...

I assume you are running with a single Sport SX installed and all of the available ports are being used? If so, the internal GPS in the Sport is wired to an open port (I believe it is port #3, but...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-04-2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 491
Posted By TomVal
Vibration...What Time Zone is Your Prop In?

I recently installed a new Sensenich ground adjustable prop designed for my engine. On this engine the maximum / maximum continuous rpm is 3300. Vibration would start at 3180.

The fix was easy. I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-01-2019, 04:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,506
Posted By TomVal
Beautiful airplane! Regards, 71-06 (Craig)

Beautiful airplane!

Regards,
71-06 (Craig)
Forum: Safety 02-21-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 560
Posted By TomVal
S-LSA Operating Limits Question Answered

Straight from Van's Engineering:

From: Tom Valenzia <tvalenzia@cox.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:49 PM
To: Support <support@vansaircraft.com>
Subject: S-LSA Limitations Questions
...
Forum: Safety 02-16-2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,479
Posted By TomVal
Adios guys!

Adios guys!
Forum: Safety 02-16-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,479
Posted By TomVal
The limitation as published, "Maximum Direct...

The limitation as published, "Maximum Direct Wind", could certainly be more narrowly defined. If you are aware of a more detailed explanation by Van's please direct me to it. Not being the builder,...
Forum: Safety 02-16-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,479
Posted By TomVal
[QUOTE=RV7A Flyer;1325261]There is? Where? Ref: ...

[QUOTE=RV7A Flyer;1325261]There is? Where?

Ref: RV-12 POH p.2.3

Maximum Wind Limitation. 30 its
Maximum Direct Crosswind Component 11 kts

Notice the...
Forum: Safety 02-16-2019, 06:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,479
Posted By TomVal
When Just "Exploring the Limits"

Just food for thought:

Perhaps the most often exceeded operating limit we read about on VAF is another successful landing at winds above the posted crosswind limitation on our aircraft. There is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-15-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 17,148
Posted By TomVal
Agree...just tried to keep it simple. Tom

Agree...just tried to keep it simple.

Tom
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-15-2019, 03:02 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 17,148
Posted By TomVal
Ed, I am in your court on this one. With a 30...

Ed,

I am in your court on this one. With a 30 kt ground speed on final, what is the effect on aircraft performance if the headwind suddenly shifts or drops to lets say 5 kts. Whether you are...
Forum: COMM 02-06-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,063
Posted By TomVal
If you choose to mount the antenna at the top,...

If you choose to mount the antenna at the top, continue to use coax all the way up to the antenna.
Forum: COMM 02-05-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,063
Posted By TomVal
Ken, How about mounting the antenna...

Ken,

How about mounting the antenna here:


https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1802/29368682048_84c832a2b6_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/LKdaZ3)fullsizeoutput_2f4 (https://flic.kr/p/LKdaZ3) by Tom Valenzia...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,470
Posted By TomVal
One nice upgrade on the new Jabiru 2200/3300...

One nice upgrade on the new Jabiru 2200/3300 generation 4 engines, nord-lock washers are used throughout the assembly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 869
Posted By TomVal
Wayne, What you were probably experiencing was a...

Wayne,

What you were probably experiencing was a combination of precipitation static and corona discharge, both common elements affecting VHF communications particularly in heavy rain. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,267
Posted By TomVal
Thanks Greg...and yes, losing the passion is part...

Thanks Greg...and yes, losing the passion is part of it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,267
Posted By TomVal
Thank you everyone for the kind comments. The...

Thank you everyone for the kind comments. The only good news about the Afghan assignment is that after 5 years of pushing a pencil, he'll be back in the cockpit. I had to remind him that Generals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,267
Posted By TomVal
Proud Promotion Announcement

On son Jeff was promoted to Brigadier General. The DoD made the announcement public today. Next stop...Afghanistan!

A few months ago I commented how difficult is was to sneak in an RV flight or...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-18-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,298
Posted By TomVal
https://photos.smugmug.com/DC-2018-with-Hope/i-pxn...

https://photos.smugmug.com/DC-2018-with-Hope/i-pxnxsmd/0/9716ea1d/L/IMG_1133-L.jpg

Great trip report!

I've logged quite a few flights in that NWA 747 and have time in all three seats.

Regards,
Tom
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 09-28-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,788
Posted By TomVal
Last week we flew 400 pounds of supplies to...

Last week we flew 400 pounds of supplies to Lumberton, NC in my friend’s Baron. The day before he did the same. The pick up and delivery of supplies at the end points was very well organized.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,302
Posted By TomVal
Joe, I really like your rear window reduction. ...

Joe,

I really like your rear window reduction. Perhaps a mod Van's should think about incorporating. While fueling with our current configuration it is easy to splash fuel onto the rear window. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-16-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,302
Posted By TomVal
Joe, I wish you would share with us all the...

Joe,

I wish you would share with us all the modifications you incorporated in your RV-12 build. I am only aware of a couple of dozen.:D

Regards,
Tom
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-14-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,302
Posted By TomVal
CONGRATS JOE!!!

CONGRATS JOE!!!
Forum: Job Board 09-07-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,265
Posted By TomVal
Jim, Other than conversing with you on the...

Jim,

Other than conversing with you on the phone, we haven't met. Cathy and I are in Charleston (Daniel Island) until Thanksgiving. Perhaps we can get together by then. Chicago is also our...
Forum: Southeast 08-27-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 608
Posted By TomVal
Check your PM.

Check your PM.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,566
Posted By TomVal
Too late...my son and family have been recently...

Too late...my son and family have been recently assigned to Peterson. They love COS and will probably retire there. They have already experienced the "four seasons" during a recent hiking trip!
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