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Forum: RV-12 09-11-2011, 03:51 PM
Replies: 27
Vne
Views: 5,076
Posted By JohnF
Vne

This is just the latest example of how Vans is now being operated with both eyes on legal issues. It looks more and more that Vans is being run by lawyers not airplane people. FWIW just my opinion.
Forum: RV-12 08-23-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,292
Posted By JohnF
Side Skin

I did not have any hard landings but I noticed a slight 'bend' in the right side skin - small enough that it could only be seen when the light and viewing angle was just right - the best I can figure...
Forum: RV-12 08-23-2011, 03:07 PM
Replies: 24
Oil
Views: 5,615
Posted By JohnF
Oil

You may be interested in the discussions of zinc dithiosphosphate (ZDDP) in Aeroshell Sport Plus 4 in the Matronics web site under Rotax engines. Word is that Aeroshell is going to reformulate that...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2011, 09:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,424
Posted By JohnF
Flo Fast

I have been using the Flo Fast system using two 7.5-gal units since they are easier to handle...over 80-years old things seem a bit heavier. I have had nothing but good luck with this system. Even...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2011, 10:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,424
Posted By JohnF
Fuel Tank

I didn't and do not have any fuel tank problems...the sight holes are useless as far as I can see: you cannot see the fuel level while refueling, you cannot see the fuel level while in flight, and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-12-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,999
Posted By JohnF
Dynon ADS-B

I had a few back & forth emails with Dynon seeking to find out if they have anything on the drawing board regarding providing an ADS-B reception and display system so in-flight Metars/TAF/Nexrad/etc...
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,270
Posted By JohnF
2000 hour TBO oil pressure parts

Can anyone refer me to the service bulletin or other Rotax publication regarding this change? I missed it somehow. thanks
Forum: RV-12 08-07-2011, 08:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,051
Posted By JohnF
Tank

If Van ever does offer a new tank like Joe's I sure hope its a 25-gallon unit.
That extra hour of flying is pretty important out west where things are spread apart a lot
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,690
Posted By JohnF
Fuel Tank

Here is a note to a fuel tank fabricator and his response. I can't help him, perhaps someone else might be able to do so.

I believe there is a market for a "drop in" replacement for Vans RV-12...
Forum: RV-12 07-23-2011, 07:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,307
Posted By JohnF
Tank

Jesee points out something some of us have discussed before; namely, that a drop-in replacement tank that had a 25-gallon capacity would be welcome. An extra hour of range would make the plane a lot...
Forum: RV-12 07-23-2011, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,703
Posted By JohnF
cap opener

I bought one from Avery Tools at Oshkosh a few years ago for 50-cents...it fits on my key ring and looks like a very short blade screw driver..its made for opening the gas can...easy,...
Forum: RV-12 07-19-2011, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,793
Posted By JohnF
Primer for rust prevention?

There are very few primers that prevent moisure penetration. They are intended to provide a surface that paint can adhere to, and not primarily as a deterent to moisture. I don't recall the two that...
Forum: RV-12 07-17-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,951
Posted By JohnF
Bumps

I have been doing a lot of short flights of late for various reasons. In the past 47 days I have flown 35 times, and am convinced that there is never a 'bump' in the sky that the RV-12 doesn't...
Forum: RV-12 07-13-2011, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,492
Posted By JohnF
Headset Noise

I flew this morning using a Soft Comm non-ANR headset, and no noise. I switched in flight to the ZULU ANR and fiddled with intercom squelch and headset mic sensitivity and noise gone.

Thanks,...
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2011, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,492
Posted By JohnF
Noise

Headset is a Zulu active noise reduction unit...very effective reducing engine sound...could be (?) involved in responding to engine radiation ... will see if ferrite unit helps.
Forum: RV-12 07-12-2011, 04:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,492
Posted By JohnF
Headset Noise

This is the last 'bug' that I have not yet addressed and fixed in the RV-12.

What seemed like radio noise..... no noise until the throttle is well advanced during take off. Thought it was through...
Forum: RV-3 07-08-2011, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,957
Posted By JohnF
Bi-annual Flight Review for RV-3 owners

How has your CFI conducted BFR's if you only have access to an RV3?

I know what the rules say, but wondered what happens in real life.

thanks for any info
Forum: RV-12 07-03-2011, 10:59 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 26,028
Posted By JohnF
Viking Engine in an RV-12

I don't plan any changes from the Rotax (wish it was a Lycoming 233 however) but wondered if the Honda basic engine is a used unit from Japan? I know such engines are imported in large quantities...
Forum: RV-12 06-28-2011, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,923
Posted By JohnF
Perfect Day Starting Point

OK< Diamond, here is a link to the take off airport, Harriet Alexander Field, Salida, CO (Photo taken with a cell phone no less. )

http://tinypic.com/r/29zv5ec/7
Forum: RV-12 06-28-2011, 09:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,923
Posted By JohnF
A Perfect Day !

Once in a while everything drops into place.

I flew up the valley to Buena Vista, CO, (KAEJ) and did a touch and go and flew back home....not a single bump, perfect air, temperature in high 50's or...
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2011, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,620
Posted By JohnF
Weight

My concern is unbalanced loading...heavier on one side, not total balanced loading which is straightforward with kitty liter and cement bags.
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2011, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,620
Posted By JohnF
Passenger Loading

I have been flying the RV-12 a lot (13 times this month so far) but never with a passengr (deliberately have no passenger insurance coverage) but I have a BFR due next month.

I am not certain what...
Forum: RV-12 06-16-2011, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,433
Posted By JohnF
RPM Variations

Wow ! 7th day in a row of great weather...calm wind, cavu visibilty 60+ and dead smooth air

Used auto pilot at density altitude 10,500-ft and rpm set at 5250...varied only up and down occasionlly...
Forum: RV-12 06-15-2011, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,433
Posted By JohnF
RPM Variations

Level flight, manual stick control...just flying around...engine RPM moves up or down, say, 100 rpm or so with no throttle changes...

Tomorrow, weather permitting, I will use the autopilot and 'lock...
Forum: RV-12 06-15-2011, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,433
Posted By JohnF
RPM Variations

Good weather so I have flown each day for the past 6 days. I note that engine RPM varies a bit more than I like. It can raise or lower a 100 rpm easily, and the only thing I can 'figure' is that...
Forum: RV-12 06-13-2011, 11:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,958
Posted By JohnF
Vents

Is there a flying RV-12 that is now using the louvers to lower oil temps?
Forum: RV-12 06-11-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,958
Posted By JohnF
Oil Temps

Avery sells those vents....used them in my RV6A with great success.

JohnF
Forum: RV-12 06-07-2011, 11:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,746
Posted By JohnF
Prop Setting

I agree ... prop may be overpitched..based on this and other comments. I will increace the pitch in 1/10-degree increments and see what happens. Will post results when something is worthwhile.
Forum: RV-12 06-07-2011, 07:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,746
Posted By JohnF
Climb and Hub setting

No, Steve, that 68mph at 5,050 is not the max available or full effort. It is a data point to determine hub adjustment recommended by Roger Lee of the Tucson Rotax Service Center....different rates...
Forum: RV-12 06-06-2011, 12:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,746
Posted By JohnF
Prop Hub

I have been adjusting, then flying the RV-12 with trial and error Sensenich ground-adjustable prop blade settings. I believe I now have the prop about where it should be. Here are the results of...
Forum: RV-12 05-26-2011, 04:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 885
Posted By JohnF
Duh !!

Got my hub back from Sensenich and while waiting I completed the painting except for a minor bit of pinstriping.

I put the prop on this morning...a good juggling act unless you have four arms and...
Forum: RV-12 05-25-2011, 02:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 22,349
Posted By JohnF
For the RV-12 I am going to experiment on rather...

For the RV-12 I am going to experiment on rather large pieces of scrap aluminum using what at first glance seems rather like a 'snake-oil' product I found on the internet. It is from an outfit called...
Forum: RV-12 05-17-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,940
Posted By JohnF
Hub Return

I just got a call from Mike at Sensenich asking for my addess; they have a hub for me. Tomorrow would be exactly three weeks since they received it.
I used the 'dead time' to do the paint priming on...
Forum: RV-12 05-16-2011, 03:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,940
Posted By JohnF
Hub Repair

I don't understand companies...when it takes 3 or 4 weeks to return the hubs, why tell folks that they can expect as 1 or 2 day turnaround as a man called "Mike" is reported to be telling people.

It...
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2011, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,419
Posted By JohnF
Certificate numbers

Not needed, I am corrected to 20/20...
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,419
Posted By JohnF
FAA Certificates

This doesn't mean anything, but I found it interesting: I recevied my LSA Repairman's certificate today - plastic with a halogram, and they also sent a plastic pilot's license replacing my old one,...
Forum: RV-12 05-11-2011, 03:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,825
Posted By JohnF
1 to 2 day turn around?

Boy, that's odd...mine has been in their hands for a couple of weeks now and not yet returned...if newly arrived units can be turned around in one or two days, why are some like mine still not done...
Forum: RV-12 04-30-2011, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,626
Posted By JohnF
Safety Bulletin

Wayne, I believe you are refering to SB912-058UL regarding the brittle washer that might break. You can get a copy of it by"googling" on "ROTAX SAFETY BULLETIN WASHER" as I recall none of...
Forum: RV-12 04-24-2011, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,865
Posted By JohnF
Wheel Pants

I agree that the material is too thin to be countersinking. I got some pan head torx screws from MicroFasteners and used them on all the wheel pants, and also replaced the darn Phillips head screws...
Forum: RV-12 04-24-2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,620
Posted By JohnF
Ripples

Yes, Kyle, that might be why the instructions that came with my product said to wait three weeks after the UV Smooth Prime is on and sanded before overcoating it...some posters I found did not wait...
Forum: RV-12 04-24-2011, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,620
Posted By JohnF
UV smooth Prime

Because I sent the prop hub in for the 'fix' the plane will OTS for several weeks. I am taking the opportunity to start the paint prep work. Cold temps made me bring the cowling home and put it into...
Forum: RV-12 04-20-2011, 12:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,825
Posted By JohnF
Sensenich SB11-04-15 Returns

Just FYI, Sensenich advised me that you do NOT need a return authorization if you are returning your prop hub. They said just INCLUDE the plastic pitch cylinder and send it along with the hub to the...
Forum: RV-12 04-15-2011, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,529
Posted By JohnF
Found Some !

Against all odds, I found some heavy masking paper and bought a large roll of it...must of have been the only roll in the county ! Gettings things is a bit of a challenge when you live out in the...
Forum: RV-12 04-15-2011, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,529
Posted By JohnF
A Painting Question

Can I get away using plastic sheeting instead of heavy masking paper when using 2-part epoxy primer and then Aerothane paint (a polyeurathane) or would either of those two "melt" the plastic...
Forum: RV-12 04-13-2011, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,374
Posted By JohnF
Getting My Repairmans Certificate

I attended an EAA workshop and took the 16-hour, two-day course that is required in order to get an LSA Repairmans Certificate so I could do the annual condition inspection on the RV-12. When I...
Forum: RV-12 04-11-2011, 08:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,234
Posted By JohnF
Sears on line and look for Rustoleum #247597, or...

Sears on line and look for Rustoleum #247597, or
http://www.reliablepaper.com
or do a search for the Rustoleum number and get 15 or more sources.

The Reliablepaper was the least expensive I found...
Forum: RV-12 04-11-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,234
Posted By JohnF
Two-Part Epoxy Primer (No wars !)

I may be behind everyone else, but I just came upon a spray can two-part epoxy primer...Rubber Seal #RS-587 and Rustoleum $247597. Even Sears has it via the internet. Its a bit pricy ( I found some...
Forum: RV-12 04-10-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,810
Posted By JohnF
Crosslinker Ratio

Now I am really confused. One PM said that he contacted Poly Fiber and they said they were not using crosslinker any more and not supplying it. He used it out of the can without crosslinker and it...
Forum: RV-12 04-10-2011, 08:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,810
Posted By JohnF
Crosslinker Ratio

Thank you, Mike.
Forum: RV-12 04-09-2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,810
Posted By JohnF
UV Smooth Prime Crosslinker Ratio

I get conflicting information on how much crosslinker to add to UV Smooth Prime...I want to mix by gram weight...the crosslinker comes with a calibrated syringe that measures cc's which doesn't work...
Forum: RV-12 03-31-2011, 10:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,422
Posted By JohnF
Sky Radar

It took some digging but I located the address of the company; its a unit of Radenna, LLC of Revere, MA.

I decided to wait and see how ADS B equipment shakes out...the central western part of the...
Forum: RV-12 03-31-2011, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,422
Posted By JohnF
Sky Radar

I am seriously considering purchasing a Sky Radar ADSB receiver to get weather without any fee.

My reluctance is due to my lack of any information about the company, and its location. Their web...
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2011, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,581
Posted By JohnF
Fasteners

When I finished the RV-12 I counted the left over pull rivets: 29 exactly !
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2011, 11:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,345
Posted By JohnF
Sky Radar

Even though the RV-12 avionics package allows XM weather to be displayed on the Garmin GPS (if you subscribe to XM) I am interested in a system called Sky Radar that uses a receiver to get FAA's DSB...
Forum: RV-12 03-24-2011, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,804
Posted By JohnF
State Tax on RV-12

Years ago Colorado tried to lure United Airlines to construct their major aircraft overhaul base here. United was reluctant, since they would have to pay state sales taxes on everything needed, like...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2011, 02:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,546
Posted By JohnF
Yaw in turbulene

Mark 960 mentioned yaw in turbulence...on my RV6a I installed vortex generators and while I didn't expect it, it greatly reduced yaw in rough air.
Must have something to do with air flow over the...
Forum: RV-12 03-07-2011, 01:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,546
Posted By JohnF
Rudder Cables

When I was building my RV6A several years ago a friend brought his A&P friend in to look at the construction. When the A&P saw no rudder springs he got absolutely livid when I said they were not...
Forum: RV-12 03-03-2011, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,995
Posted By JohnF
Professional Paint Job Cost?

I am trying to get a rough approximation of what a reasonable paint job would cost on my RV-12. I am thinking of a fairly simple two color scheme with nothing fancy. Mostly white with a red upper...
Forum: RV-12 03-02-2011, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 989
Posted By JohnF
Continuous Alarm Tone

Could not duplicate the alarm tone locked on today. No matter how the AP was turned off, with the instrument panel power switch, or with the AP 74 push button the tone did not show up.

A transient...
Forum: RV-12 03-01-2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 989
Posted By JohnF
Alarm Tone

I have 5.4 installed. Did power unit off via left push key off then on to clear tone.
I am not positive but suspect I used rocker power switch on panel, not on the AP74 to kill AP in flight. Next...
Forum: RV-12 03-01-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 989
Posted By JohnF
Continuous Alarm Tone from D-180

RV-12 in flight checking AP74 AP - working fine, air very rough, so I turned off AP; got voice confirmation of AP off.

Then a continuous alarm tone sounded....could not determine its...
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2011, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,427
Posted By JohnF
Throttle Springs

I am not a fan of the springs either, but with the flexible cables that cannot be "pushed" they seem necessary

I would pefer to replace the entire throttle assembly with a solid core wire like the...
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