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Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,202
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: 1,773
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: 610
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: 14
Views: 745
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: 610
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: 1,773
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: 2,202
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: 610
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: 504
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: 504
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: 98
Views: 20,362
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: 3,679
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: 1,574
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: 3,679
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: 1,303
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: 1,094
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: 1,367
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: 3,573
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: 2,140
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: 2,962
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: 2,140
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: 2,140
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: 2,962
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: 709
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: 1,340
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: 1,340
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: 1,801
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: 1,331
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: 2,657
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: 1,218
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: 933
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: 1,246
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: 2,705
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: 1,554
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: 1,554
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: 18,806
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: 18,806
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: 18,806
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: 2,670
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: 2,670
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: 2,670
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: 32,054
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: 1,574
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: 890
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: 2,119
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...
Forum: RV-12 04-21-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,163
Posted By RFSchaller
When I cut a cable I thread it through the...

When I cut a cable I thread it through the attachment and then put heat shrink over the cut point. Then causing cable cutters I cut in the middle of the heat shrink for a nice clean end.
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,665
Posted By RFSchaller
Wow, John! I thought I had bragging rights with...

Wow, John! I thought I had bragging rights with 700 HRs on mine, but now ďIím not worthy!Ē😜

Congratulations!
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,003
Posted By RFSchaller
I just built a spreadsheet in Excel and use it.

I just built a spreadsheet in Excel and use it.
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 32,054
Posted By RFSchaller
Seems like steel and aluminum are in contact at...

Seems like steel and aluminum are in contact at many points in an aircraft. Iíve never heard of it being a problem. Has anyone else?
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,806
Posted By RFSchaller
FYI my prop was dynamically balanced and the...

FYI my prop was dynamically balanced and the little bugger still broke!
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,926
Posted By RFSchaller
No, a Cherokee. I mentioned it only because it...

No, a Cherokee. I mentioned it only because it was a life lesson in not jumping to conclusions.
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,926
Posted By RFSchaller
Beware of assuming throttle cable resistance is...

Beware of assuming throttle cable resistance is just a lube problem. One annual I listed a hard to move throttle as a squawk. Turned out that the cable strands had broke and balled up inside the...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,806
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Brad. None of the suggestions are an...

Thanks, Brad. None of the suggestions are an obvious problem. I wonder if there are many RV12 owners who have experienced this. As I said my cousin, the ROTAX mechanic says he has not seen it as a...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,335
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím tempting the electrical gods here, but V/R...

Iím tempting the electrical gods here, but V/R failure has not been a huge problem for me. I replaced one at about 300 Hours based on a low voltage alarm after start. I now have 400 hours on the...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,806
Posted By RFSchaller
My German cousin is a light sport mechanic in...

My German cousin is a light sport mechanic in Germany. I asked him if the failure of the coil bracket is common, and he said he has not seen any. It's not obvious to me as to why this would be an...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By RFSchaller
If you don't have Nav lights the Nav light...

If you don't have Nav lights the Nav light circuit works great for the fuel pump. I did mine that way about 5 years ago and haven't regretted it. I took the old fuel pump power and put it to a new...
Forum: RV-12 03-15-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,504
Posted By RFSchaller
John, In the first 200 hours of operation my...

John,

In the first 200 hours of operation my engine was smooth at all RPM. Then it developed a slight roughness when I pull back the power to idle for descent and landing. Iíve swapped out my spark...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,806
Posted By RFSchaller
Well, two years later in annual my bracket was...

Well, two years later in annual my bracket was cracked again. Again I made a beefier bracket out of 3/16Ē aluminum. My guess is Iíll be addressing this again in the future. Has anybody found a final...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,288
Posted By RFSchaller
This was tough to do without loosening the...

This was tough to do without loosening the mounting bolts, but with an endoscope I was able to see the top little bit of the markings.
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,930
Posted By RFSchaller
Regulation - the fifth force involved in flight...

Regulation - the fifth force involved in flight óó usually along the same axis as drag!😝
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 32,054
Posted By RFSchaller
I got the bolts in from the top using forceps to...

I got the bolts in from the top using forceps to get them into the hole. I set up my endoscope so I had a good view to manipulate the bolts. It also helps to chamfer the last 1/8Ē of the bolts so you...
Forum: RV-12 03-10-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,930
Posted By RFSchaller
Before you go changing any placards check your...

Before you go changing any placards check your operating limits. As I recall the wording of the warning is included. My DAR took pictures of the nameplate and placards, so Iím leaving them alone...
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