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Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By RFSchaller
Is this a change? I donít remember this issue...

Is this a change? I donít remember this issue when I was building in 2011.
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
I think the bottom line is that it can be a pain,...

I think the bottom line is that it can be a pain, but it can be done. I just hate to disturb the sweet spot I found 4 years ago!
Forum: RV-12 07-16-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,134
Posted By RFSchaller
I used a bending tool I got at the OSH Flymarket...

I used a bending tool I got at the OSH Flymarket that prevents ovalization. It has a a series of grooves for each tube OD and a lever that when pulled down forces the tube around the hub trapped...
Forum: RV-12 07-16-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
Joe, thatís a scary crack. Did you discover it...

Joe, thatís a scary crack. Did you discover it without removing the forward spinner bulkhead? It looks like it would be visible at the edge with the bulkhead in place. Was yours one of the 3 Jabiru...
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
That and a thorough check of the metallurgy.

That and a thorough check of the metallurgy.
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,604
Posted By RFSchaller
About 4 months ago I posted that I increased my...

About 4 months ago I posted that I increased my idle screws to 2 turns open as suggested by a U.K. blog to try to eliminate roughness at flight idle. After about 70 Hours I can report it made no...
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
Dave, Please post the results from Sensenich on...

Dave,

Please post the results from Sensenich on the questionable crack indications. I would be very interested to know if they turn out to be tooling marks.

Thanks,

Rich
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2018, 02:03 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
I did my inspection today at 761 HRs. No cracks,...

I did my inspection today at 761 HRs. No cracks, but I see what people mean when they say it is difficult to inspect with the forward bulkhead installed. With a really bright flashlight I was able to...
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
Sounds like replacement of the hub is the prudent...

Sounds like replacement of the hub is the prudent path.
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
With this type of failure is it feasible that the...

With this type of failure is it feasible that the blade(s) would depart as long as the bolts continue to clamp the ends of the shanks?

Iím not suggesting the problem is not severe or something not...
Forum: RV-12 07-11-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,828
Posted By RFSchaller
How many hours were on the failed hub? Was there...

How many hours were on the failed hub? Was there any evidence of a manufacturing flaw? I have a Rev C prop so I am very interested in this.
Forum: ADS-B 07-11-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,296
Posted By RFSchaller
Donít panic. I have had one or two failed reports...

Donít panic. I have had one or two failed reports only to then pass. I wonder how many of the issues are due to FAA equipment issues as opposed to user equipment.
Forum: RV-12 07-10-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,734
Posted By RFSchaller
Looks like the answer to the question nobody...

Looks like the answer to the question nobody asked!😜
Definitely more work than I want to do.
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,402
Posted By RFSchaller
True, but it is only a problem at high fuel...

True, but it is only a problem at high fuel temperature. 8 months of the year in PHX switching the pump off makes no significant change in fuel pressure. I like the option to switch it off so that my...
Forum: RV-12 07-07-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,402
Posted By RFSchaller
I took off today in PHX at 0645. It was 89F on...

I took off today in PHX at 0645. It was 89F on the ground with a 2 thousand foot thick layer at 94F to climb through before the lapse rate kicked in. I have a switched fuel pump that I usually turn...
Forum: RV-12 07-04-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 22,161
Posted By RFSchaller
Rob, Iím not sure I follow the regulatory trail...

Rob,

Iím not sure I follow the regulatory trail to the ASTM. The Operating Limits for my ELSA allow night and IFR operations if properly equipped. Are you referring to SLSA RV-12s?

Rich
Forum: RV-12 06-28-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By RFSchaller
I put mine on as soon as I had the floor ribs and...

I put mine on as soon as I had the floor ribs and bottom skin attached to the bulkhead. I also recommend leaving the side skins off around the cockpit as long as possible. I clecoed them for support...
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,712
Posted By RFSchaller
FAA registry says 317VA is a Vans RV12is. I hope...

FAA registry says 317VA is a Vans RV12is. I hope the King Air is an old picture and not a bogus N# running contraband!😱😁
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,043
Posted By RFSchaller
Sounds like a phone call to the mother ship is in...

Sounds like a phone call to the mother ship is in order.
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By RFSchaller
I didnít say it was easy!😁 I can usually wriggle...

I didnít say it was easy!😁 I can usually wriggle it around enough to get an acceptable amount of coverage. A stiff but flexible lead helps - no wise guy comments, please!😱
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,558
Posted By RFSchaller
One thing about fiberglass: it is very forgiving....

One thing about fiberglass: it is very forgiving. If you donít like the result sand it down and put another layer on. Practice first and learn where to use epoxy, slurry, flock and paste. Donít use...
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By RFSchaller
I run the engine to about 4 gallons indicated and...

I run the engine to about 4 gallons indicated and then snake a a video borescope down the filler neck. I like it because I can see if there is any foreign material in the tank.
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,043
Posted By RFSchaller
Canít you order from Vans?

Canít you order from Vans?
Forum: RV-12 06-22-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,712
Posted By RFSchaller
Vans could really round out the family with a...

Vans could really round out the family with a jet! Sonex did.😁
Forum: RV-12 06-22-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had success inspecting the tank finger...

I have had success inspecting the tank finger strainer with a borescope if the fuel lev l is less than 5 gallons.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Posted By RFSchaller
Donít you love spell check? Somehow ďaudio inputĒ...

Donít you love spell check? Somehow ďaudio inputĒ got involved in neutrons!
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Posted By RFSchaller
I do it on the cheap ó- plug my iPod into the...

I do it on the cheap ó- plug my iPod into the audio of neutrons of my Bose X.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 22,161
Posted By RFSchaller
The biggest drawback of an IFR GPS is the cost of...

The biggest drawback of an IFR GPS is the cost of the subscription for updates! If I was routinely flying weather Iíd bite the bullet, but my Cherokee has a great ILS and VOR capability, and it...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,307
Posted By RFSchaller
Mel, with 8000 Ft of runway it would get you back...

Mel, with 8000 Ft of runway it would get you back faster to save Hobbs time on the rental!😝
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,891
Posted By RFSchaller
Bob, if the float is calibrated for level...

Bob, if the float is calibrated for level attitude why would you care what it reads at 8 degrees nose up?
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,307
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve built 4 planes, and I admit that as the...

Iíve built 4 planes, and I admit that as the first flight loomed as a reality instead of a far off dream I got butterflies. In the end I did each first flight and it was an amazing feeling of...
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Posted By RFSchaller
When I as a newly minted private pilot I landed...

When I as a newly minted private pilot I landed my Cherokee in a 40 Kt wind with about a 15 kt crosswind component. As I taxied in a Cub landed and I was perplexed when three guys ran out and...
Forum: RV-12 06-12-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,330
Posted By RFSchaller
Naval jelly works well to remove surface rust....

Naval jelly works well to remove surface rust. Should be available at your local hardware store.
Forum: RV-12 06-08-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,656
Posted By RFSchaller
I took mine through EAA. If you are a member you...

I took mine through EAA. If you are a member you get a little break in price. Check the EAA website for upcoming courses.
Forum: RV-12 06-07-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,939
Posted By RFSchaller
I would hardly call myself the ROTAX expert, but...

I would hardly call myself the ROTAX expert, but I donít see how prop pitch or spark plugs would affect carb balance.
Forum: RV-12 06-04-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,522
Posted By RFSchaller
My thought is to run a cable from the positive...

My thought is to run a cable from the positive battery terminal through the firewall and install a post on the tunnel under the instrument panel that I can clip the alligator clamp and connect the...
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,333
Posted By RFSchaller
The only time Iíve experienced weak brakes was...

The only time Iíve experienced weak brakes was right after replacing brake pads before the conditioning runs. Have you checked for any possible contamination in the brake pads like brake fluid?
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,522
Posted By RFSchaller
A big concern out here in the AZ summer not...

A big concern out here in the AZ summer not leaving the jumper battery in direct sunlight where it can overheat. I carry one in my car and it has started me twice when the main battery gave up the...
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,522
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve been thinking about a similar rig, but Iím...

Iíve been thinking about a similar rig, but Iím trying to figure out he best location for a positive post so I can jump it from the cockpit.
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,333
Posted By RFSchaller
Exceed the POH limits and you become a test pilot...

Exceed the POH limits and you become a test pilot as I tell my students. As Dirty Harry would say, ďDo you feel lucky?Ē
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 853
Posted By RFSchaller
What does it do on the ground when you run it and...

What does it do on the ground when you run it and donít have the fuse in? No or low fuel pressure would suggest a failed engine driven pump. If the pressure comes back with the fuse back in it would...
Forum: RV-12 05-27-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,541
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Tony. At 67 I have to ask myself how much...

Thanks, Tony. At 67 I have to ask myself how much longer I will I be flying and is it worth the effort for that time. Sucks to view things through that lens, but as an engineer I am above all things...
Forum: RV-12 05-26-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,541
Posted By RFSchaller
Swapping to Skyview sounds a bit daunting with...

Swapping to Skyview sounds a bit daunting with all the custom wire looms. Is there an interface harness to simplify the connections?
Forum: RV-12 05-25-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,994
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had fairings on my plane since it was...

I have had fairings on my plane since it was licensed in 2012, and they look great, but itís a pain to check pressure or add air, so I plan on removing them at next oil change when I usually go...
Forum: RV-12 05-19-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,496
Posted By RFSchaller
Mine stopped working ó- canít say I miss it!😜

Mine stopped working ó- canít say I miss it!😜
Forum: RV-12 05-19-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,962
Posted By RFSchaller
Is this an initial startup, or did the problem...

Is this an initial startup, or did the problem develop. Initial startup after construction suggests a wiring error or wiring damage (cut though insulation to ground?). If it developed at least you...
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,391
Posted By RFSchaller
My first annual I found one poly sleeve detached...

My first annual I found one poly sleeve detached on one cable. I reattached it with safety wire and never had any other issues with the cables after 6 years and 720 hours.
Forum: RV-12 05-11-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 988
Posted By RFSchaller
Get a pneumatic rivet gun and an offset ivet set...

Get a pneumatic rivet gun and an offset ivet set to drive them.
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,340
Posted By RFSchaller
I have been flying in PHX summer since 2012. I...

I have been flying in PHX summer since 2012. I routinely see 234F climbing out. I end up pausing at each 2000 FT to throttle back to 4800 RPM to cool back down below 230F before the next 2000 FT step...
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,822
Posted By RFSchaller
The serial number suggests it had the D180...

The serial number suggests it had the D180 EFIS/EMS. Doesnít it include a data logger? I wonder why that info wasnít included.
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,731
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, The jump I was referring to was during the...

Jim,
The jump I was referring to was during the vapor lock, not the increase due to increased return flow.

Rich
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,731
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a switched pump too. I see fuel flow go up...

I have a switched pump too. I see fuel flow go up about 1 GPH when I turn it on.

I had the same symptoms last summer without the gas smell. It turned out to be vapor lock from old auto gas. I...
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 19,180
Posted By RFSchaller
Brent, I agree it is certainly not a...

Brent, I agree it is certainly not a comprehensive sample from which positive conclusions can be made. Thatís why I thought it would be helpful to know if the Vans prototype had bracket failures....
Forum: RV-12 05-03-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 19,180
Posted By RFSchaller
Brad, everything you said about vibration causes...

Brad, everything you said about vibration causes is correct. However, what does not make sense to me is that all LSA models with 912s should have the same issues, but from the two ROTAX mechanics I...
Forum: RV-12 05-01-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 19,180
Posted By RFSchaller
My German cousin is a ROTAX mechanic. He got me a...

My German cousin is a ROTAX mechanic. He got me a couple of replacement brackets, and he said this issue is not common to other aircraft types. Seems weird we are so ďblessedĒ in the RV-12 world.

I...
Forum: RV-12 05-01-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,845
Posted By RFSchaller
When I was a junior naval officer they told us...

When I was a junior naval officer they told us donít discuss women, politics or religion at the ward room table. Probably a good rule for Internet blogs too!😜
Forum: RV-12 04-28-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,845
Posted By RFSchaller
FORMER colony! ó- We won fair and square!😝

FORMER colony! ó- We won fair and square!😝
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,845
Posted By RFSchaller
Defined in my Navy Nuke days as the finest...

Defined in my Navy Nuke days as the finest discernible adjustment possible!😜
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 32,970
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had some success putting a magnet on the...

I have had some success putting a magnet on the bolt head after partial insertion and getting the washer to stay put on the bolt shank. This job needs all the tricks!
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,891
Posted By RFSchaller
My personal limit is 5 gallons, but I flew it to...

My personal limit is 5 gallons, but I flew it to 4 before annual to simplify draining the tank for removal at annual. The nice thing is that my fuel level sensor is extremely accurate at low levels.
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,048
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a lot of crazing on my lexan rear window,...

I had a lot of crazing on my lexan rear window, so at 5 years I decided to bite the bullet and do the aileron bellcrank, window and baggage bulkhead split mods all in one annual. After 18 months I am...
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,271
Posted By RFSchaller
Chris, My first project was a WAR half size...

Chris,

My first project was a WAR half size FW-190 that was a wood structure with fiberglass over it. In those days (early 90ís) the epoxy resin was horrible. I acquired the epoxy allergy about half...
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