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Forum: RV-12 12-06-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,722
Posted By DHeal
RV-12 ULS Winterization Kits from Van's

FYI see: http://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Notifications/Notification-2017-03-01.pdf
Forum: RV-12 11-23-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,610
Posted By DHeal
I suspect that virtually all RV-12s are...

I suspect that virtually all RV-12s are "equipped" with a transponder (likely Mode S). If this transponder is "operable" it must be ON during ALL flight in ALL controlled airspace unless otherwise...
Forum: RV-12 11-21-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,380
Posted By DHeal
A great video and a very useful tool for...

A great video and a very useful tool for prospective and current RV-12 builders. Nice job!
Forum: RV-12 11-04-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,083
Posted By DHeal
Unibit worked great on my Lexan rear window as...

Unibit worked great on my Lexan rear window as well. It has the added advantage of nicely chamfering the edge of the hole -- use a careful touch. It also produces a slightly larger hole which in my...
Forum: California 11-02-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By DHeal
I have been very happy with Northcoast Services...

I have been very happy with Northcoast Services (John Shutzbaugh at 707-451-9421) for my company and personal aircraft static/transponder checks.
Forum: RV-12 10-18-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,973
Posted By DHeal
You may find that the fuel return line sticks up...

You may find that the fuel return line sticks up from the tank into the filler tube and interferes with the sideways movement of the tank -- that is why the filler tube has to be removed. Believe it...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,243
Posted By DHeal
Thanks Top Cat for the kind thought -- we are...

Thanks Top Cat for the kind thought -- we are fine but a number of our RV family here in SR have lost theirs homes, cars, household contents, etc. The fires have been horrific.

Electrons are funny...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,243
Posted By DHeal
A big red X usually means you have an electrical...

A big red X usually means you have an electrical circuit problem. If you did in fact lose OP then the reading would likely go to @ 0 psi (+ 2-3 PSI) without a red X. Check all of your OP and FP...
Forum: RV-12 10-14-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,506
Posted By DHeal
I see where Tony has attached his nose wheel...

I see where Tony has attached his nose wheel balance weights to the rim of the wheel. I chose to place the self-adhesive weights inside of the wheel hub assembly so that centripetal force helps to...
Forum: RV-12 10-13-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,771
Posted By DHeal
Typically the rivnut has a small tang under its...

Typically the rivnut has a small tang under its head that indexes into a matching slot filed into the base hole. This serves to keep the rivnut from turning. With a bit of finagling, you may be...
Forum: RV-12 10-03-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By DHeal
The November '17 issue of KITPLANES has a nice...

The November '17 issue of KITPLANES has a nice set of pictures of the new RV-12iS including two pictures of the new-style canopy latch.
Forum: RV-12 10-03-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,479
Posted By DHeal
I find it desirable to "fly the nose wheel down...

I find it desirable to "fly the nose wheel down to the ground" following touch-down on the mains. If you hold the stabilator full aft throughout the roll-out, the nose wheel has a tendency to plop...
Forum: RV-12 10-01-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,259
Posted By DHeal
Hi John -- As I recall someone installed a nice...

Hi John -- As I recall someone installed a nice drawer pull handle from Home Depot at the top of their RV-12 front panel -- I think it may be in the Modifications thread? Snowing yet at the Lake? ...
Forum: RV-12 09-29-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,242
Posted By DHeal
If your RV-12 is an S-LSA you must have Van's...

If your RV-12 is an S-LSA you must have Van's approval to install the second fuel flow cube. If you are E-LSA (post certification) or E-AB you can do what you want without Van's approval.
Forum: RV-12 09-29-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,647
Posted By DHeal
I'm with Tom and GWZ on this. Main wheel weights...

I'm with Tom and GWZ on this. Main wheel weights easily and securely stick onto the hub's inner surface once you have given the weights a slight curve. The nose wheel is a bit more problematic in...
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,268
Posted By DHeal
Could be the sensor or the wiring. My money is...

Could be the sensor or the wiring. My money is on the wiring having a loose connection -- check that first, its cheaper!
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 09-17-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,384
Posted By DHeal
Mike -- Why did you "hold on to the canopy"...

Mike -- Why did you "hold on to the canopy" during your approach and landing? Were you concerned that it would rise up further than the initial 12" and depart the airframe or interfere with aircraft...
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,396
Posted By DHeal
Perhaps a loose flap of liner material within the...

Perhaps a loose flap of liner material within the carb fuel supply hose intermittently interfering with fuel flow? Are your carb bowl vent lines properly routed between the side of the float bowl...
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,747
Posted By DHeal
You, your dog, and anyone else can do any and all...

You, your dog, and anyone else can do any and all of the "maintenance" on your RV-12 E-LSA or E-AB. However, to do the annual Condition Inspection on an E-LSA owned by you, you need to have taken...
Forum: RV-10 09-11-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,505
Posted By DHeal
If you use a "hangar floor mounted winch", be...

If you use a "hangar floor mounted winch", be sure to have a secondary way to quickly depower the winch. Nothing gets the heart racing like releasing the winch's primary remote control switch and...
Forum: RV-12 09-09-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 28,885
Posted By DHeal
I have no pictures, but one pad gets easily glued...

I have no pictures, but one pad gets easily glued onto the exposed lower front portion of the oil tank. The pad is sufficiently flexible to match the curvature of the tank. The second pad gets...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 381
Posted By DHeal
Welcome to the "Always carry a spare Ducati RR"...

Welcome to the "Always carry a spare Ducati RR" club! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,610
Posted By DHeal
BTW, our EAA chapter worked out a "bulk buy" deal...

BTW, our EAA chapter worked out a "bulk buy" deal with a local oil distributor wherein a group of us members purchased a bunch of cases of oil every six months resulting in a nice price discount. ...
Forum: RV-12 09-08-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 28,885
Posted By DHeal
I also installed the EZ-Heat system (pictured...

I also installed the EZ-Heat system (pictured above) in my RV-12 three years ago. It is inexpensive, easy-to-install, and works well. Granted I live in relatively balmy northern California (winter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,610
Posted By DHeal
+1 for www.airplaneoil.com Responsive and...

+1 for www.airplaneoil.com Responsive and cheapest with shipping considered.
Forum: RV-12 09-05-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 264,469
Posted By DHeal
Remove it -- corrosion is known to occur under...

Remove it -- corrosion is known to occur under the plastic wrap over time.
Forum: RV-12 09-02-2017, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 762
Posted By DHeal
Be sure your roll bar is correctly positioned.

Be sure your roll bar is correctly positioned.
Forum: RV-12 08-30-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,076
Posted By DHeal
Yes, go to Dynon Skyview factory forum. This was...

Yes, go to Dynon Skyview factory forum. This was a common issue awhile back but subsequent software upgrades have apparently fixed this bug.
Forum: RV-12 08-30-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Posted By DHeal
I am no electrical guru but here is my response...

I am no electrical guru but here is my response based on my 540 hours of RV-12 operating time: The ROTAX 912 ULS uses an integrated AC generator with an external rectifier-regulator (aka "dynamo")...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By DHeal
Photo works for me -- looks like a disco club in...

Photo works for me -- looks like a disco club in there! ;)
Forum: RV-12 08-18-2017, 05:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By DHeal
I cut and fitted my circa-2012 RV-12 cowl before...

I cut and fitted my circa-2012 RV-12 cowl before mounting the engine. By following Van's molded-in trim lines I ended up with a very nicely fitting cowl. My cowl-to-spinner clearance is @ 3/32"...
Forum: RV-12 08-16-2017, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,109
Posted By DHeal
The single red cube in the RV-12 measures total...

The single red cube in the RV-12 measures total fuel flow (engine consumption plus returned fuel). While there are two fuel flow adjustment settings possible in the Skyview, only one of them is used...
Forum: RV-12 08-13-2017, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Posted By DHeal
Scott -- I sure do wish Van's would sell...

Scott -- I sure do wish Van's would sell retrofit exhaust stacks that would allow legacy-builders to reposition their old-style mufflers further aft like the current muffler set-up. I prefer not...
Forum: RV-12 08-13-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Posted By DHeal
Thom -- In my experience and that of others, the...

Thom -- In my experience and that of others, the 912ULS tends to run hot during high ambient temp / high power operations. See your PM. -- David
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,649
Posted By DHeal
Ya gotta name the kid "Skye". ...

Ya gotta name the kid "Skye". Congratulations!!
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,922
Posted By DHeal
It is my understanding that you cannot simply...

It is my understanding that you cannot simply install a T-connector in the antenna line. Either install a separate belly antenna with a dedicated cable to use with your hand-held or install a...
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,981
Posted By DHeal
See: ...

See: http://www.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?ident=1501942721-498-624&browse=airframe&product=rudder_ex
Forum: RV-12 08-03-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,517
Posted By DHeal
To seal-up the ends of the foot steps, I used the...

To seal-up the ends of the foot steps, I used the following plastic end-plugs:

-- Hillman Round Cap Plugs (Black) 3/4"

I found these plugs at LOWE's. Granted, they are not "bullet-shaped" so you...
Forum: RV-12 08-03-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,233
Posted By DHeal
Be sure that there is no physical interference...

Be sure that there is no physical interference between the aft end of the inboard wheel pant attachment bracket and the aft-inboard corner of the brake caliper. If there is such interference, the...
Forum: RV-12 07-30-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,300
Posted By DHeal
To add to your trouble-shooting efforts, here is...

To add to your trouble-shooting efforts, here is a recent item re: ROTAX 912 vibration from rotax-owner.com:

http://rotax-owner.com/en/rotax-blog/item/57-vibration-help
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,042
Posted By DHeal
More than likely, your AOA port (IF you have one)...

More than likely, your AOA port (IF you have one) is not a big probe but rather a single pop rivet head located near the stall warning tab under the left wing's leading edge.
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,042
Posted By DHeal
If he has a Skyview unit, the AOA connection port...

If he has a Skyview unit, the AOA connection port is located on the ADHRS module which is located behind the baggage compartment bulkhead.
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,042
Posted By DHeal
See DaleB's suggestion #12 above.

See DaleB's suggestion #12 above.
Forum: RV-12 07-27-2017, 06:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,042
Posted By DHeal
Let's start with an easy one: Stall Warning...

Let's start with an easy one: Stall Warning alarm??
Forum: RV-12 07-25-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 705
Posted By DHeal
IMHO, 1/2" clearance is sufficient. However, you...

IMHO, 1/2" clearance is sufficient. However, you may find yourself increasing this clearance somewhat to facilitate installation and removal of the lower cowling.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,213
Posted By DHeal
Google: "Avweb tiedowns" for comparative videos. ...

Google: "Avweb tiedowns" for comparative videos. Not really definitive, but gives you some insight. I pound three 18" triangulated spikes into the ground at each tiedown point. Dog-tender screws...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 16,243
Posted By DHeal
Use a "jiggle tube" directly to the new fuel...

Use a "jiggle tube" directly to the new fuel port.
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,239
Posted By DHeal
In my experience, smelling fuel during a climb...

In my experience, smelling fuel during a climb typically means that one or more of your carb floats is overweight. This causes fuel fumes to vent out of the carb bowl vent tube and into one's...
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,239
Posted By DHeal
I have the Van's early plan's holes in the fuel...

I have the Van's early plan's holes in the fuel cap. It seems to be working fine for me over 500+ hours. Just be sure that as part of your pre-flight that you remove the cap and blow air (breath)...
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,666
Posted By DHeal
On a "brake lining wear"-related note, be sure...

On a "brake lining wear"-related note, be sure that there is no physical interference between the aft end of the inboard wheel pant attachment bracket and the aft-inboard corner of the brake caliper....
Forum: RV-12 07-10-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
Posted By DHeal
Black sooty #1 plugs are fairly common on 912s...

Black sooty #1 plugs are fairly common on 912s due to intake design. It helps if you run the engine up before checking the plugs to burn off excess carbon. Do you use the appropriate thermal paste...
Forum: RV-12 07-07-2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By DHeal
You do not use "glue" to attach an RV-12 canopy. ...

You do not use "glue" to attach an RV-12 canopy. You build up a fiberglass canopy skirt that in combination with the plans-specified "pop-rivets" attaches the canopy bubble to the aluminum canopy...
Forum: RV-12 07-04-2017, 06:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,819
Posted By DHeal
Avoid the temptation to use excess resin -- more...

Avoid the temptation to use excess resin -- more is not better. Wet the fabric weave completely and then squeegee or roll out the excess. Then put the wetted fabric in its pre-marked position. ...
Forum: RV-12 07-03-2017, 11:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,666
Posted By DHeal
I suggest that you contact MATCO directly -- tell...

I suggest that you contact MATCO directly -- tell them the components are for an RV-12. The sites listed above are for CLEVELAND and GROVE brakes. The RV-12 uses MATCO brake and wheel components. ...
Forum: RV-12 07-02-2017, 09:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,122
Posted By DHeal
On a "brake caliper"-related note, be sure that...

On a "brake caliper"-related note, be sure that there is no physical interference between the aft end of the inboard wheel pant attachment bracket and the aft-inboard corner of the brake caliper. If...
Forum: RV-12 07-02-2017, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,122
Posted By DHeal
I occasionally get some brief minor brake chatter...

I occasionally get some brief minor brake chatter when moving my RV-12 in and out of the hangar. No big deal. I use either a dry lubricant or silicone fluid (sparingly!) on the brake caliper...
Forum: RV-12 06-29-2017, 10:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,819
Posted By DHeal
Build the canopy skirt yourself -- it is not...

Build the canopy skirt yourself -- it is not difficult. Follow Van's plans. SEARCH for construction tips on the VAF RV-12 website. See Van's RV-14 video at: ...
Forum: RV-12 06-28-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,312
Posted By DHeal
Quote: "I noticed this evening that with the...

Quote: "I noticed this evening that with the engine off and the aux fuel pump off the fuel pressure reads 3 psi. Wierd."


I know of many (including mine) RV-12s with Dynon SVs that display a couple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2017, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 920
Posted By DHeal
Don't forget to adjust the torque values to...

Don't forget to adjust the torque values to account for the nut's friction (e.g., fiber-locks, all-metal locks, etc.).
Forum: RV-12 06-26-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,097
Posted By DHeal
Bob -- Were your Ducati R/Rs located forward of...

Bob -- Were your Ducati R/Rs located forward of the F/W or under the avionics tray? Do you usually fly with all the bells and whistles (i.e., lights and electronics) powered up? -- David
Forum: RV-12 06-26-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,248
Posted By DHeal
Jim/Rich -- I agree that the loss of one of the...

Jim/Rich --

I agree that the loss of one of the two fuel pumps in-flight will likely not cause a "Yellow or Red" FP warning indication on the SV/Garmin and that the resultant loss in FP may be...
Forum: RV-12 06-26-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,248
Posted By DHeal
Expanding upon what Joe said: 1) Turn on the...

Expanding upon what Joe said:

1) Turn on the Master Switch, listen for the electric fuel pump clicking and slowing down as system Fuel Pressure (FP) builds up, and look for @ 3 psi on the FP gauge....
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