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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By Piper J3
Real eye opener... I suggest everyone take a...

Real eye opener... I suggest everyone take a good look at aluminum gear channel – particularly at rear main bolts. Cracks may be hard to spot even with good lighting. If in doubt, use dye...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 06:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By Piper J3
My friend built a RV-12 about 8 years ago,...

My friend built a RV-12 about 8 years ago, remembered this Notice, and had copy only of first page.

I bought my airplane from original builder and it now has 520TT. I did SB 12-11-09 Center...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By Piper J3
Looking for Notification 16-11-02

I'm trying to find a Van's RV-12 Notification for F-1204 Center Section Crack Repair. I only have page 1 of 8. I don't see this Notification listed on Van's website. Notification is 16-11-02. Any...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 658
Posted By Piper J3
Small Electric Bike...

I’m sitting here sheltered-in-place and surf’n the net and found a cool little electric bicycle that folds up exceptionally small. I think two of these could fit in the back of a legacy RV-12 next...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By Piper J3
Sounds like a good idea to vent cap in addition...

Sounds like a good idea to vent cap in addition to filler neck vent. I have never seen fuel splash from the cap vent hole on my early S/N 12. A post above said splash from the vent hole was cause...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,638
Posted By Piper J3
The circlip is not really loose – it is pinched...

The circlip is not really loose – it is pinched by the screw in the slide from above. The main needle is designed to float which gives the appearance that the circlip is loose. The needle needs to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,638
Posted By Piper J3
Neither carb must be removed from the engine for...

Neither carb must be removed from the engine for circlip replacement. Simply remove top cap and slide. Use high-grade slotted screw driver that fits central screw retainer. If thread Loctite...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 12:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 957
Posted By Piper J3
Thermal tape showing John Deere VR saw at least...

Thermal tape showing John Deere VR saw at least 175F. Could have been over 175F but not close enough to 200F to mark the tape. No problems.

I also “taped” the ignition module and it runs...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-22-2020, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 957
Posted By Piper J3
Not totally true. I have John Deere tractor VR...

Not totally true. I have John Deere tractor VR mounted on shelf under cowl in original spot with nice aluminum heat-sink base seated with thermal paste. Almost 400 hours since the Ducati took a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-22-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By Piper J3
RV-12/iS doesn't have wing tanks...

RV-12/iS doesn't have wing tanks...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-22-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,557
Posted By Piper J3
What about a TPMS like one of these? They look...

What about a TPMS like one of these?

They look kinda big and perhaps heavy. Our little 5" wheels spin pretty fast. At very least, tire would probably need balance weights to compensate...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-22-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 687
Posted By Piper J3
Any chance you would share your spreadsheet?

Any chance you would share your spreadsheet?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,285
Posted By Piper J3
These guys make it look...

These guys make it look easy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH4uJeI9YhI
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,036
Posted By Piper J3
This is normally good advice and a practice I...

This is normally good advice and a practice I have participated in for some 50 years. As of last week my wife and I agreed solo flight only with no stops. COVID-19 has brought close proximity to an...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,036
Posted By Piper J3
Fed Gov is passing out $1200 checks. That will...

Fed Gov is passing out $1200 checks. That will cover my fuel expenses for entire year.

I want to be chief pilot for this guy...

https://i.postimg.cc/BQSH8VmF/Screenshot-2020-03-20-12-01-17-122.png...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,036
Posted By Piper J3
Other considerations... Waiting a year makes you...

Other considerations... Waiting a year makes you another year older and one year closer to being "too old to fly". Gas prices will be lower for foreseeable future with economic crisis. Aircraft...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-18-2020, 06:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By Piper J3
Payment rec'd. Unit sold...

Payment rec'd. Unit sold...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-18-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By Piper J3
Funds haven't hit my account yet. Possibly...

Funds haven't hit my account yet. Possibly changed his mind?
I'll wait until tomorrow and offer it to you.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-18-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By Piper J3
Sold pending funds...

Sold pending funds...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-18-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By Piper J3
FS Garmin 296

Removed from my early SN RV-12. I replaced with mini iPad. Main unit only – no accessories or mounting hardware. Original battery and software. Working when removed 8/19. $50 PayPal and I’ll...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 33,027
Posted By Piper J3
Bing business model... Planned obsolescence with...

Bing business model... Planned obsolescence with a good chance for accident.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-13-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By Piper J3
Sailplane guys (Van flies sailplanes) would have...

Sailplane guys (Van flies sailplanes) would have something to say about using an "inertia hammer" to seat the spar overlap locking pins.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-12-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,751
Posted By Piper J3
Electric Screwdriver…

I have often thought a good retirement gift for and A&P mechanic would be a gold-plated #2 Philips. :D

I have been using a cordless electric drill with a clutched-chuck for screw removal. For my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By Piper J3
I'm sure Van's uses CAD for design and...

I'm sure Van's uses CAD for design and direct-to-CNC for manufacturing. I doubt parts are out of design tolerance.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,509
Posted By Piper J3
Great Scott...

Great Scott...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By Piper J3
Sounds like you should talk directly with Van's...

Sounds like you should talk directly with Van's Tech Help...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,556
Posted By Piper J3
No problems. Need to shave wheel fairings for...

No problems. Need to shave wheel fairings for 1/2" tire clearance.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,036
Posted By Piper J3
A "Bird" in the Hand is Worth Two in the...

A "Bird" in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2020, 10:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,556
Posted By Piper J3
Yes, 500-5 6 PLY AWBS RETREAD ELITE PREMIUM 2...

Yes, 500-5 6 PLY AWBS RETREAD ELITE PREMIUM 2 GROOVE (ELITE)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,556
Posted By Piper J3
Landing Gear Camber Angle...

I’m in the middle of my Annual Condition Inspection and replaced tires and brakes. With airplane raised up, it is a real eye-opener to see how much camber angle is built into the landing gear. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,419
Posted By Piper J3
Today I flew a 4 hour x-country with my new...

Today I flew a 4 hour x-country with my new hearing aids and Zulu3 headset using Telecoil program per above post. My observations follow:

• Zero feedback of any kind
• ANR works...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-08-2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 712
Posted By Piper J3
I have done Pilot Report subsequent to my first...

I have done Pilot Report subsequent to my first post above... http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1413124&postcount=43
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-07-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 712
Posted By Piper J3
Pilots with Hearing Loss…

A lot of us flying Light Sport Aircraft are older folks and some (maybe most) suffer some degree of hearing loss. I have included a post in VAF RV General Discussion/News/Deaf Pilots which may be of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,419
Posted By Piper J3
I just bought new hearing aids from Costco –...

I just bought new hearing aids from Costco – Philips HearLink 9010 Behind-the-Ear. I have been wearing hearing aids for 25 years. I have profound hearing loss and these aids are superb. The...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,650
Posted By Piper J3
Here is spec sheet for 3M 2080......

Here is spec sheet for 3M 2080... https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1711255O/product-bulletin-wrap-film-series-2080.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-03-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,650
Posted By Piper J3
And all that was accomplished in one day per post...

And all that was accomplished in one day per post #8?

Done professionally?

Cost for labor?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-03-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,650
Posted By Piper J3
Update: I just reinstalled the avionics bay...

Update: I just reinstalled the avionics bay cover and looks really good. Now I want to wrap the top cowling. I think it can be done with a single piece of vinyl. I haven’t done anything with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-03-2020, 05:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,650
Posted By Piper J3
I used green Scotch-Brite to knock off any...

I used green Scotch-Brite to knock off any pimples/bugs and then a wipe with 90% isopropyl alcohol. Requires practice to develop technique. Probably best to get professional help if unfamiliar...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,650
Posted By Piper J3
Aircraft Spruce &...

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty

https://i.postimg.cc/NMtJPvYM/Screenshot-2020-03-02-11-35-55-706.png (https://postimages.org/)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,650
Posted By Piper J3
I would imagine, on a hangered airplane, the...

I would imagine, on a hangered airplane, the vinyl would last a very long time with no degradation. I don’t know first-hand, but many folks have said vinyl is less weight than paint. From what I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,650
Posted By Piper J3
Real Men Don't Paint...

I’m starting my Annual Condition Inspection and needed to access the transponder wiring for ADS-B. While I had the Avionics Bay Cover removed, I decided to strip the paint and apply 3m 2080 Gloss...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2020, 03:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 755
Posted By Piper J3
A friend had same thing happen with Synergy-built...

A friend had same thing happen with Synergy-built RV-12. Sent unit back to ACK and they said nothing wrong but still replaced board. My guess is design or manufacturing deficiency that they want to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-01-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 705
Posted By Piper J3
I run Desser 500-5 6 PLY AWBS RETREAD ELITE...

I run Desser 500-5 6 PLY AWBS RETREAD ELITE PREMIUM 2 GROOVE (ELITE) on mains for RV-12. These tires have a thick tread on the outside edges to counter the excessive wear from large camber angle on...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-26-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 78,642
Posted By Piper J3
Super good. I'm eagerly following your progress...

Super good. I'm eagerly following your progress and await first flight testing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-24-2020, 02:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,667
Posted By Piper J3
Full stops. Good practice to reinforce use of...

Full stops. Good practice to reinforce use of checklist. Taxi back to threshold allows for evaluation of brakes, monitor engine temps, engine sound, and of course the all-important potty break…
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,204
Posted By Piper J3
Good theory, but... My Ducati VR went south at a...

Good theory, but... My Ducati VR went south at a little over 100 hrs. One EFIS, no AP, no lights - just a bad VR. John Deere to the rescue.

JBPILOT, thanks for all the follow-up.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-22-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,204
Posted By Piper J3
Fantastic... If you wouldn't mind, can you tell...

Fantastic... If you wouldn't mind, can you tell us a little bit about maintenance required to get that many hours. Engine using any oil, type oil used, gearbox overhaul, prop overhaul, ignition,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-21-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,332
Posted By Piper J3
Maybe Van's can run a quick Finite Element...

Maybe Van's can run a quick Finite Element Analysis and tell us if the two screw holes are stress riser in the the gear leg...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,332
Posted By Piper J3
I have two questions… The fairing on the nose...

I have two questions…

The fairing on the nose gear strut is fastened with two #10 screws – could this also be source of stress concentration. I would imagine the long straight section of the nose...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,257
Posted By Piper J3
I question the accuracy of the 2 gallon mark at...

I question the accuracy of the 2 gallon mark at the bottom of your dip stick. The filler neck is positioned at the aft end of the fuel tank. The bottom of the tank is slanted toward the front side...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-16-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,380
Posted By Piper J3
Why not replace with original resistive sensor? ...

Why not replace with original resistive sensor? If you install different manufacturer, how do you know how to bend float arm so it sees top and bottom of tank correctly? Seems difficult to check...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,265
Posted By Piper J3
That’s a good observation. I’m sitting around on...

That’s a good observation. I’m sitting around on snowy Saturday morning, so I searched the average American man 20 years old and up weighs 197.9 pounds and average waist circumference is 40.2...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,604
Posted By Piper J3
Hangers are not necessarily a safe haven. Hanger...

Hangers are not necessarily a safe haven. Hanger doors must run in an enclosed track so they don't come loose. New RV-12 with 2.0TT was destroyed in a sturdy metal hanger by microburst thunderstorm...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-05-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,469
Posted By Piper J3
The electric fuel pump will move fuel from the...

The electric fuel pump will move fuel from the lowest part of the fuel tank (sump fitting) to the Gascolator and then to the fuel rail on top of the engine. From there, fuel returns to the tank at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2020, 02:49 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,332
Posted By Piper J3
I think the inner radius bend would be in...

I think the inner radius bend would be in compression and not high stress. Outside radius would be in tension and subject to repetitive stress. Perhaps...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2020, 02:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,954
Posted By Piper J3
Does Sensenich require prop disassembly/visual...

Does Sensenich require prop disassembly/visual exam at Annual Condition Inspection? Putting three blades back together correctly every twelve months doesn't sound like fun...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,469
Posted By Piper J3
Easy to do. Use table saw to make 1/8" x 5/16"...

Easy to do. Use table saw to make 1/8" x 5/16" stick about 48" long. Cut end of stick at 45 deg angle to help get past the aluminum fuel return line that is turned vertical inside the base of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,469
Posted By Piper J3
Actually, it doesn't matter what type of dipstick...

Actually, it doesn't matter what type of dipstick or material in this instance. The bottom of the fuel tank is slanted like a swimming pool with "deep" end in the front so every drop of fuel exits...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,469
Posted By Piper J3
The reason for operating the fuel pump is to move...

The reason for operating the fuel pump is to move fuel/contaminate (water) along the horizontal fuel tubing from tank to Gascolator. The flow of liquid occurs because of the return flow from the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,332
Posted By Piper J3
S-LSA or E-LSA? If E-LSA you don't even have to...

S-LSA or E-LSA? If E-LSA you don't even have to comply with SB and if you do it can be done at time of your choosing. If S-LSA you need to follow SB to the letter.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-31-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,332
Posted By Piper J3
I get...

I get this...

https://i.postimg.cc/Cxswx7C6/Screenshot-2020-01-31-14-10-48-987.png (https://postimages.org/)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-31-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,332
Posted By Piper J3
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