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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-17-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,532
Posted By rgmwa
FWIW I think Joe's probably right. I'd check...

FWIW I think Joe's probably right. I'd check carefully for any damage, then cleco from the bottom hole up and install the rivets.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-14-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,263
Posted By rgmwa
Are you stealing the plane? I like your style! :D

Are you stealing the plane? I like your style! :D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,583
Posted By rgmwa
+1 for the hassle of checking tyre pressures....

+1 for the hassle of checking tyre pressures. Maybe Vans could give some thought to designing a flush-fitting inspection door for wheel pants? I installed 1" diameter clip-in plastic disks only to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-07-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,583
Posted By rgmwa
Useful numbers, so thanks for posting. I have the...

Useful numbers, so thanks for posting. I have the same setup and thought that they probably added no more than a couple of knots, so three knots is good.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-05-2019, 12:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By rgmwa
I'm getting close to that time too, Dean and will...

I'm getting close to that time too, Dean and will most likely go with Aircraft Specialty's teflon hose kit.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-31-2019, 11:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,074
Posted By rgmwa
The 12 has been spin tested but as per the POH,...

The 12 has been spin tested but as per the POH, intentional spins are prohibited. However, the POH describes the recovery procedure for inadvertent spins. You can also find a video of the original...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-26-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,875
Posted By rgmwa
It's a bit more challenging than an IKEA project...

It's a bit more challenging than an IKEA project but a lot more fun, and Van's have made it about as easy as possible. Still as good as the kit is, I'm even more in awe of whoever wrote and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,672
Posted By rgmwa
I use a couple of 20 litre (5.2 gal) flexible...

I use a couple of 20 litre (5.2 gal) flexible rubber fuel containers to transfer fuel from the bowser to the plane. While I don't like carrying fuel in them in the plane, I've done it on occasion...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-14-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,189
Posted By rgmwa
One forum for me. I don't have any problem...

One forum for me. I don't have any problem separating RV-12 and RV-12iS oriented threads, and I don't want to have to follow two forums in case there's something that applies to my plane in the other...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-27-2019, 01:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,875
Posted By rgmwa
A door makes a flat and cheap tabletop.

A door makes a flat and cheap tabletop.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,344
Posted By rgmwa
Thread drift: The Luscombe is now owned by...

Thread drift: The Luscombe is now owned by Canadian photographer Louis Helbig who I met while on a long flight around outback Australia in my RV-12 last year. Small world!
Forum: COMM 05-13-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,250
Posted By rgmwa
Just a post-script to this long-running problem...

Just a post-script to this long-running problem in case it might assist others. The loud tone in the headsets soon returned, so it was back to square one as the radio was virtually unusable on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-26-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,741
Posted By rgmwa
The only other RV I've flown briefly was a 7A,...

The only other RV I've flown briefly was a 7A, but FWIW (clearly not much) my impressions were that the pitch sensitivity of the 7 and 12 is about the same, the 7 is a bit quicker in roll (shorter...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-26-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,330
Posted By rgmwa
Agreed. We're very lucky to be able to build and...

Agreed. We're very lucky to be able to build and fly pretty much as and where we please. Now, if only I could get my radio to work properly! There's always something that needs fixing! :confused:
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 788
Posted By rgmwa
I've used it to winch the plane up a trailer...

I've used it to winch the plane up a trailer ramp. Also once or twice as a tie down point when parked in the open and to secure the plane while transporting it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,330
Posted By rgmwa
All true Rich, but I don't have dual MFD's and...

All true Rich, but I don't have dual MFD's and don't need all that extra hardware, so I'm happy with a simple and completely unnecessary clock. In fact I just found a very nice Wittnaeur on eBay that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,330
Posted By rgmwa
... and I'm showing mine by knowing what it is...

... and I'm showing mine by knowing what it is and how to use it. :D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,330
Posted By rgmwa
All helpful replies Joe: my RV-12 is the early...

All helpful replies

Joe: my RV-12 is the early Skyview version with the conversion harness, so it's possible. I will check. I planned to put a small switch under the panel to isolate the clock and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2019, 01:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,330
Posted By rgmwa
RV-12 clock install

I've got a 12V electric clock that I'm thinking of installing in the RV-12's panel to replace a very nice but now deceased vintage 8-day mechanical clock. I'm sure it would be trivial task for many...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 335,324
Posted By rgmwa
I got my intersection fairings from these...

I got my intersection fairings from these guys:https://www.rvbits.com/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-21-2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 335,324
Posted By rgmwa
I've fitted RV-8 MGL fairings, and I know of...

I've fitted RV-8 MGL fairings, and I know of others that have too. I doubt that they add more than 2-3 kts, but they look good.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-19-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By rgmwa
The tow bar, when properly fitted will lock...

The tow bar, when properly fitted will lock rudder, brakes and stick. Works well.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,460
Posted By rgmwa
I put some sealant on the screw threads before...

I put some sealant on the screw threads before installing them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,731
Posted By rgmwa
New site looks great. One minor gripe - can the...

New site looks great. One minor gripe - can the photos accompanying first flight reports be moved to the end of each report, rather than preceding it? Putting them ahead of the date and report...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-02-2018, 05:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,096
Posted By rgmwa
No, but you will need a pneumatic rivet puller, a...

No, but you will need a pneumatic rivet puller, a hand rivet puller (PRP26A is very good), and a hand rivet squeezer Cleaveland Mainsqueeze is a popular choice, but Tatco is also good. Have a look at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-30-2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 17,653
Posted By rgmwa
My faith in Pythagoras has been restored !! :D

My faith in Pythagoras has been restored !! :D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-29-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 17,653
Posted By rgmwa
Well, thatís a crosswind alright. Thanks!

Well, thatís a crosswind alright. Thanks!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-29-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 17,653
Posted By rgmwa
OK. I still don't get it. Back to the drawing...

OK. I still don't get it. Back to the drawing board. :confused:
So what was your runway heading in the above examples?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-29-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 17,653
Posted By rgmwa
This might be a dumb question but I'm struggling...

This might be a dumb question but I'm struggling to see this. If the steady state wind is blowing 10 knots directly perpendicular to the runway and the plane is moving at 10 kts down the runway, the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-26-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,175
Posted By rgmwa
FWIW my experience is that slightly bending the...

FWIW my experience is that slightly bending the trailing edge of the top wing skin up or down is a lot more effective than squeezing/flattening the back of the flaperon itself. At least check the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-25-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,452
Posted By rgmwa
That's nonsense! I've flown mine half way around...

That's nonsense! I've flown mine half way around Australia. The 12 is a perfectly capable long distance flyer if that's what you want to do.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-15-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,002
Posted By rgmwa
I agree! I'd love to have something that did 180...

I agree! I'd love to have something that did 180 kts, but I've travelled long distances in the 12 and am very happy with it. All planes are a compromise in one way or another, so you need to choose...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-15-2018, 06:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,002
Posted By rgmwa
With a Vne of 136 kts, cruising at 135 kts in an...

With a Vne of 136 kts, cruising at 135 kts in an RV-12 is going to take some serious re-design work. Typical average cruise speed in the RV-12 is closer to 115 kts in my experience, which will still...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-06-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,805
Posted By rgmwa
Got my kit from Isham as well, but also bought...

Got my kit from Isham as well, but also bought extra items from Cleaveland and Brown from time to time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,179
Posted By rgmwa
I take a couple of these with me:...

I take a couple of these with me: http://www.liquidcontainment.com.au/product/16/20-Litre-Jerry-Can#.W4YK4OSQwSs

I believe they're available in the USA as well.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-27-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,179
Posted By rgmwa
Nice write-up and I enjoyed the video too.

Nice write-up and I enjoyed the video too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,687
Posted By rgmwa
That's not so easy to answer reliably because it...

That's not so easy to answer reliably because it depends on so many factors like DA, prop pitch, rpm, weight, etc. I usually cruise between 5,200 and 5,300 rpm at around 2,500'-3,500' and typically...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,687
Posted By rgmwa
I installed RV-8 leg fairings plus upper and...

I installed RV-8 leg fairings plus upper and lower transition fairings. Added at least 10 kts just sitting on the ground. ;)
In the air, I've never tested the difference, but I doubt that they would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-13-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 29,345
Posted By rgmwa
John, check your PM's

John, check your PM's
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks for all the comments. We've heard that...

Thanks for all the comments. We've heard that Vlad's running out of room in the US, Canada and Russia, and understand that he's thinking of putting his nearly worn-out RV in a suitcase and bringing...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
Hi Vlad, The roadhouses will typically have...

Hi Vlad,

The roadhouses will typically have basic accommodation - what we call dongas -prefab rooms that you usually find on minesites, for around $60 per night. These are bare rooms, usually with...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2018, 06:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
John, I flight plan on 19 lph and 112 kts. I...

John, I flight plan on 19 lph and 112 kts. I think that's pretty realistic at those power settings. Flat out my plane will do 128 kts straight and level at about 1000', but obviously prop pitch...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2018, 01:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks John. I averaged 17.2 lph overall, but...

Thanks John. I averaged 17.2 lph overall, but that's misleading in terms of consumption airborne, which I estimate is more like 19 lph at 5200-5300 rpm. I generally flew between 3,500' and 6,500'. My...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
The flight to Sandfire Roadhouse across the...

The flight to Sandfire Roadhouse across the desert was just as it should be - uneventful, and I landed on the gravel strip adjacent to the roadhouse (visible running diagonally on the far side of the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
After eight days of leisurely travel, flying...

After eight days of leisurely travel, flying typically 2 to 5 hours per day, I arrived in Katherine, or more correctly RAAF Tindal. I normally don't need to fly into controlled airspace very often,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
Flying from Kulgera to Ti-Tree township, passing...

Flying from Kulgera to Ti-Tree township, passing to the west of Alice Springs, and over-flying the MacDonnell Ranges. Highest peak here is around 4,500'. In fact our highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
Coober Pedy - one of Australia's richest opal...

Coober Pedy - one of Australia's richest opal mining centres. The area resembles a moonscape with hundreds of mineshafts and spoil heaps. Many people have made comfortable homes underground, and you...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By rgmwa
Central Australia Trip

I recently flew my RV-12 from my home airfield near Perth in Western Australia, east along the coast into South Australia, and then up into the Northern Territory, finally coming back home through...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-29-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,015
Posted By rgmwa
I remove them. Probably not much chance that they...

I remove them. Probably not much chance that they would work loose and fall out but why risk it? Less drag too, although it wouldn't be noticeable. Should add that I don't often use them as my plane...
Forum: COMM 06-24-2018, 01:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,250
Posted By rgmwa
Problem fixed! I pulled the DB connector off the...

Problem fixed! I pulled the DB connector off the back of the intercom this morning (Flightcom 403), thought “well that won’t do much”, and plugged it back in again. No noise and clear reception! I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 995
Posted By rgmwa
Post #19 in this thread has some useful...

Post #19 in this thread has some useful information for one aircraft anyway. http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=80578&highlight=deflection+angles&page=2
Forum: COMM 06-23-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,250
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks for all the replies. I should have added...

Thanks for all the replies. I should have added that it makes no difference whether the engine is on or off.
Forum: COMM 06-23-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,250
Posted By rgmwa
Radio transmit problem

Looking for some Comms 101 troubleshooting assistance.

I have an RV-12 with a Garmin SL-40 and standard com antenna installed as per the plans except for using nutplates to secure the antenna rather...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,478
Posted By rgmwa
I put some in a while back....

I put some in a while back. http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=64145&page=24 Posts 238 and 239. Lots of options as others have suggested.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,858
Posted By rgmwa
Get a couple of microstop countersink cages so...

Get a couple of microstop countersink cages so you only need to set up #30 and #40 cutters at the right depth once.
Forum: International 04-24-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,381
Posted By rgmwa
Visit the Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka,...

Visit the Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka, South Island, while you're there. No RV's but a lot of other good stuff. http://www.omaka.org.nz/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-17-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,949
Posted By rgmwa
Snow you say, John? I've heard of it so it...

Snow you say, John? I've heard of it so it probably exists, but you won't come across any down here. However, we do have the distinction of being the most isolated capital city in the world, so it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-17-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,949
Posted By rgmwa
40-45 airports within 125 mile radius? That's...

40-45 airports within 125 mile radius? That's impressive. We'd have closer to 5 down here that you might call an airport. ie an sealed strip and one or more hangars. Mind you we do have the Indian...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-11-2018, 02:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 13,528
Posted By rgmwa
Probably a little unfair to compare the Sling 2...

Probably a little unfair to compare the Sling 2 and the RV-12 too closely as the Sling is not primarily an LSA since it's designed to the VLA standard. It can meet the LSA criteria but has to give up...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,409
Posted By rgmwa
Check Modifications thread for various pump...

Check Modifications thread for various pump switch solutions.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,644
Posted By rgmwa
Interesting question. I would guess maybe 80%...

Interesting question. I would guess maybe 80% would go with the iS. Those staying with the ULS are probably doing so mainly to save some money or because they see the iS as being more complicated to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,559
Posted By rgmwa
It may be cheaper to shop around for a decent,...

It may be cheaper to shop around for a decent, older flying RV than building a new one from bargain basement or abandoned sub-kits where you may not be sure of the quality of workmanship. It would...
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