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Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 03:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 930
Posted By rongawer
Good discussion topic Jim. I cringe at the...

Good discussion topic Jim. I cringe at the thought of being forced to use ethanol in gas, mostly for the loss of efficiency and the increased corrosive effect of it with aluminum. While it does...
Forum: Tools 10-08-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 721
Posted By rongawer
I own a dynaVibe classic. Works great and I...

I own a dynaVibe classic. Works great and I recommend it. Or finding a friend who has one...
Forum: RV-12 10-02-2018, 12:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 862
Posted By rongawer
Yes, you need to have it mounted for the...

Yes, you need to have it mounted for the inspection.

The only data required is the manufacturer, model and serial number. So unless youíre positive of the month and year for the inspection, Iíd...
Forum: RV-12 10-01-2018, 11:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,467
Posted By rongawer
I did mine with no issue. I had been flying ~250...

I did mine with no issue. I had been flying ~250 hours a year in a twin engine airplane and made a couple attempts to get time in an RV12 first for familiarization, but it just didn’t work out.

I...
Forum: RV-10 10-01-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,517
Posted By rongawer
Ok, I’ll bite... how many?

Ok, I’ll bite... how many?
Forum: RV-10 10-01-2018, 12:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,517
Posted By rongawer
This statement is not true. Youíre obviously...

This statement is not true. Youíre obviously opposed to using an automotive-based engine in an airplane and enjoy what youíve built - which is fine, but to say they are not able to employed for this...
Forum: RV-12 09-29-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 965
Posted By rongawer
Iím 6í 1Ē and I fit ok. I do not have the ďwedgeĒ...

Iím 6í 1Ē and I fit ok. I do not have the ďwedgeĒ installalled and I can fit my hand between my headphone band and the canopy; meaning, make sure the seatbelt harness is pulled tight on bumpy days....
Forum: RV-10 09-29-2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,517
Posted By rongawer
What a fun problem

Considering that the normal comment is that the alternative engine to a Lycoming weighs too much for the power, it’s a fun problem to have it “too light”. It’s dimensionally smaller than the 540, so...
Forum: RV-10 09-28-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,517
Posted By rongawer
I agree with most of your post, however to say...

I agree with most of your post, however to say automotive engines are not designed to operate at 70% power for hours at a time is not factual and contrary to the actual testing paradigm employed by...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-25-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 295
Posted By rongawer
Flight Log uploads

Ok, this may be common knowledge, but just in case I'm not the only person to have just discovered this...you can take your flight logs from the G3X on your SD card and upload them directly to...
Forum: RV-12 09-23-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,704
Posted By rongawer
First flight 8/19/2018. Currently at 48.6 hours...

First flight 8/19/2018. Currently at 48.6 hours and counting.
Forum: RV-10 09-19-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,183
Posted By rongawer
Wait a second...

Ok, I just assumed weíd already thought about deflating the tires. But maybe Iím missing something here.

Knowing the tires are 15Ē tall with a 6Ē wheel. That leaves a little over 4Ē of sidewall...
Forum: RV-12 09-16-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,011
Posted By rongawer
Very nice Joe.

Very nice Joe.
Forum: RV-10 09-16-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,183
Posted By rongawer
I must be missing something...

Wouldnít it be easier to just not attach the rudder and V-stab until at the hangar?
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-10-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,750
Posted By rongawer
The prop currently be proposed is the MT-5. Itís...

The prop currently be proposed is the MT-5. Itís a 5 bladed composite, but will handle the pulses. It weighs in at ~85#, so not bad. Should be smooth.
Forum: RV-10 09-10-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,274
Posted By rongawer
Talking Living the dream

Now THAT's funny.



That would be a full stop for me as well. I've got five of those units off making productive lives of their own now; happily SWMBO is no longer desiring or capable since the...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-09-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,750
Posted By rongawer
The DEL120 is a four stroke compression ignition...

The DEL120 is a four stroke compression ignition diesel.

The Higgs is a stepped cycle, spark ignition engine.
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-09-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,750
Posted By rongawer
It's a It is a stepped diesel which uses a spark...

It's a It is a stepped diesel which uses a spark plug for ignition and has dual plugs for redundancy. I understand they have prototypes in operation, but nothing in production yet. The design is...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-07-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,750
Posted By rongawer
AC Aero Engines

Hey folks, have you seen these? Pretty sexy looking.
http://www.ac-aero.com/jet-a/

Compression ignition V4 that weighs 137kg dry weight and makes ~350 hp, and a train engine's worth of torque (>650...
Forum: RV-12 09-01-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,193
Posted By rongawer
Good job Lukla. Cool video. I like the time-lapse...

Good job Lukla. Cool video. I like the time-lapse stuff.
Forum: RV-10 09-01-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,435
Posted By rongawer
Those are some gorgeous pedals. Nice system.

Those are some gorgeous pedals. Nice system.
Forum: RV-10 09-01-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,499
Posted By rongawer
Congratulations! Good job man.

Congratulations! Good job man.
Forum: RV-10 09-01-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,274
Posted By rongawer
I'm doing it...

Now that the -12 is flying and doing well, my wife commented, "where are the grandkids going to sit?". It was one of those moments where I wanted to say "I thought we talked about this about 4 years...
Forum: RV-12 08-24-2018, 09:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,192
Posted By rongawer
Thanks Chuck - hey, any relation to Thomas at...

Thanks Chuck - hey, any relation to Thomas at Stanford?
Forum: RV-12 08-24-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,192
Posted By rongawer
Thanks for all the congrats guys. Vantastic, my...

Thanks for all the congrats guys.

Vantastic, my engine is a UL350iS from UL Power. I haven't posted a cruise speed yet, but it did climb out at 85KIAS ~1300-1500 fpm with no issue at ~2450rpm. Once...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,192
Posted By rongawer
It is exciting indeed, thanks Terry. Iíll keep...

It is exciting indeed, thanks Terry.

Iíll keep the group posted once I get a better data set.
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,192
Posted By rongawer
I like them, but if you want Tosten grips and...

I like them, but if you want Tosten grips and also want them lower, you could just cut the stick down and redo the mount point.

For me, I have the stick where with my arm resting on my knee, my...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,192
Posted By rongawer
Thanks all. It's a UL350iS from UL Power....

Thanks all.



It's a UL350iS from UL Power. Very nice engine, starts quick and runs very smooth.
Forum: RV-12 08-19-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,192
Posted By rongawer
First Flight N975G

I am happy to say that my RV-12ís first flight was a successful one.

Having my wife on the ramp watching (and quite nervous about the whole thing), I simply made one trip around the patch to prove...
Forum: RV-12 08-10-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 808
Posted By rongawer
Bob, I built a tray and mounted it behind the...

Bob,
I built a tray and mounted it behind the baggage compartment, essentially the same as the RV-10 is mounted. Access is pretty simple, just pull the bulkhead panel and itís right there at...
Forum: RV-12 08-07-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,369
Posted By rongawer
You won’t use a squeezer as much as you would on...

You won’t use a squeezer as much as you would on a -10, but you will have plenty of opportunities. I have a longeron yoke, but I haven’t used it on the -12; like you said, lots of nut plates, and...
Forum: RV-12 07-21-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,456
Posted By rongawer
Iíve never used an engine lift, but that does...

Iíve never used an engine lift, but that does seem innovative and should work fine if youíre doing one wing at a time. Iíve considered using a strong back and lifting the airplane from both wings...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 401,137
Posted By rongawer
Nice paint scheme. It has a very Cessna 195...

Nice paint scheme. It has a very Cessna 195 flavor to it.
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,881
Posted By rongawer
Interesting feedback. Personally, I’ve been...

Interesting feedback. Personally, I’ve been pretty successful with them. I recently formed just about every line on my RV-12 with them that needed to be done in place. I do recommend lubricating the...
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,881
Posted By rongawer
Hand bending

I highly recommend these - a low cost, easy to use tool set to have the tool bin:

General Tools S106 Tubing Bender Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004T827/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_uu-sBbM08W6HE

It makes...
Forum: RV-12 07-09-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,700
Posted By rongawer
Well, ok, let’s suppose your airport stocks your...

Well, ok, let’s suppose your airport stocks your favorite brand and you’re happy with that and you plan for that specific fuel usage. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as Mobil vs Shell vs Swift. ...
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,700
Posted By rongawer
I disagree that the PAFI project has failed. The...

I disagree that the PAFI project has failed. The FAA states that the completion date has been extended to December 2019, which is to fulfill what was previously discussed.
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,700
Posted By rongawer
Most airports I know only have one set of tanks...

Most airports I know only have one set of tanks for AVGAS; that being the argument at my local airport as to why they don’t sell MOGAS. That alone would be the economic reason for a single standard....
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,700
Posted By rongawer
Having read the PAFI update, it doesn’t appear to...

Having read the PAFI update, it doesn’t appear to be a “back to the drawing board” statement, but rather a mitigating the differences between the two fuels to create a common standard.

I expect...
Forum: RV-12 07-04-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By rongawer
Depending on the size of your pinholes and...

Depending on the size of your pinholes and imperfections, you might try a little peanut butter epoxy with microballoon mixture; itís the ďaviatorís bondoĒ and works very well. Then sand smooth, prime...
Forum: RV-12 07-03-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 706
Posted By rongawer
Excellent crimpers

Hereís the crimpers Iíve used for everything molex, even the straight-from-china Hilitchi molex-copies. Itís a low priced, very accurate tool that ratchets nicely. IWISS makes good stuff.

IWISS...
Forum: RV-12 06-21-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,864
Posted By rongawer
Included with the Garmin PilotPak subscription is...

Included with the Garmin PilotPak subscription is the IFR premium package for Garmin Pilot that I use on my iPhone or iPad at no additional cost, so I do have Flitecharts on both handheld devices,...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,864
Posted By rongawer
I hear you. I bought the Garmin PilotPak, which...

I hear you.

I bought the Garmin PilotPak, which provides all database updates for my G3X PFD/MFD and GTN. Itís about $600 a year; not inexpensive, but noting that I fly daily, I think itís worth it.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,864
Posted By rongawer
Thanks for compliments. The RV12 has a wing...

Thanks for compliments.

The RV12 has a wing loading is light, but so is a 172, yet thatís a very common IFR trainer. The issue is less about wing loading and more about roll rate. The advantage of...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,864
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. The MFD is redundant to the PFD, but yes,...

Thanks. The MFD is redundant to the PFD, but yes, I also have a second GSU 25. Noting how CAN bus works, both ADHRS units are available to either PFD/MFD.
Keep in mind, I still only have one pitot...
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,864
Posted By rongawer
Here's photos of my panel with the 625 in the...

Here's photos of my panel with the 625 in the center.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1181327&postcount=16
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 401,137
Posted By rongawer
Itís an airplane

Today, my RV12 passed its airworthiness inspection; it was so easy that it was almost anti-climatic to the 711 hours I spent crafting the little bird. So, now itís on to flying.
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 401,137
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. Itís a UL350IS engine and a WhirlWind...

Thanks. Itís a UL350IS engine and a WhirlWind GA-UL350-2B.
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 401,137
Posted By rongawer
I finally got my little bird moved to the...

I finally got my little bird moved to the airport.
https://office365stanford-my.sharepoint.com/:i:/g/personal/rgawer_stanford_edu/EV27aA-8VX9LjNARbKQyGy4BVCr0bq53zD7msh6f7EeNIg?e=vLNIP1
Forum: RV-12 06-15-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,641
Posted By rongawer
I used 5 washers on each side, so youíre on track.

I used 5 washers on each side, so youíre on track.
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 11:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 958
Posted By rongawer
If it is maintaining the 12.9VDC during the...

If it is maintaining the 12.9VDC during the flight and carrying normal amp loads, then most likely yes - a VR issue. To confirm, you could borrow an alternator/regulator tester from your local auto...
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,328
Posted By rongawer
Very nice Paul!

Very nice Paul!
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,817
Posted By rongawer
This is good feedback and the type of information...

This is good feedback and the type of information I was looking for - thanks.
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,817
Posted By rongawer
Question That's essentially my question - what is the...

That's essentially my question - what is the limit of the RV12's control authority?

Normally, most POH's will state a Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind number, that is not a limit, but defined as, for...
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,817
Posted By rongawer
Crosswinds!

I was landing yesterday at Byron with turbulent winds coming down off the Altamont mountains at 38 gusting to 44 KT from 200ļ, making runway 23 the favorable one with a crosswind component of...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,493
Posted By rongawer
Here's an updated

I'm going to be moving my airplane to the airport in a couple weeks, but it's essentially done.

This is my panel with the canopy...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 916
Posted By rongawer
That’s a good question to ask. Aeroquip has a...

That’s a good question to ask. Aeroquip has a nice explanation right here:
https://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Torque_Spec_Aluminum_Fittings.pdf

The easiest way to remember, and the one I use, is the...
Forum: RV-10 05-28-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By rongawer
It might be that the stops are configured in the...

It might be that the stops are configured in the VP-X different than the PFD (Iím assuming you have an EFIS).

The VPX software has a trim configuration tool. I recommend connecting a laptop to the...
Forum: RV-12 05-23-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,290
Posted By rongawer
Wait a second...

Two throttle controls for the same engine? Even if you could come up with a “rube goldberg” type spring & lever assembly, which throttle control would be the master? Disregarding any means that it...
Forum: RV-12 05-22-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,131
Posted By rongawer
While I like Cleaveland Tools, I want to put a...

While I like Cleaveland Tools, I want to put a plug in for Planetools.com. Isham has excellent customer support and will work with you to put together any package of tools you may want. He has...
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,594
Posted By rongawer
Sounds like the spray solution worked, so good....

Sounds like the spray solution worked, so good. For the bushings at the very aft end of the empennage, you'd have to either cut in a new access port or remove the HS counterweight to allow access...
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,594
Posted By rongawer
Yes, it is. Also, you can buy the bushings for...

Yes, it is.

Also, you can buy the bushings for about 15Ę each; I recommend replacing them every couple years as itís very easy to do .
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