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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,067
Posted By pstraub
Great update Ron, thanks for playing test pilot...

Great update Ron, thanks for playing test pilot and sharing the data! You are going to become legend over there at KPAO. Would be funny to see a bunch of Bonanza pilots on the ground, waiting for the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Great update Tom, thanks!! I have no confidence...

Great update Tom, thanks!! I have no confidence that Bing will ever fix our problem, so a permanent fix would be great. Please keep us updated on your testing. Paul
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-12-2019, 12:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,628
Posted By pstraub
Wow, thanks Dave! I will get out to the airport...

Wow, thanks Dave! I will get out to the airport tomorrow and install both checklist files. I definitely owe you a few adult beverages of your choice :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-09-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,628
Posted By pstraub
Hi Dave, that is really kind of you, I am looking...

Hi Dave, that is really kind of you, I am looking forward to trying it out. I have intended to make a few 'Emergency Procedures' checklists, but just haven't taken the time, so this is great. Even...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-27-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Hi Jim, good question, I didn't think to fill the...

Hi Jim, good question, I didn't think to fill the bowls with fuel and do a visual check. I installed 4 new floats (2 pair of PN 861188) It was raining all day yesterday, so the only testing so far...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Hi Brent, good info. Yes...it should not be this...

Hi Brent, good info. Yes...it should not be this difficult!! So the pair at Aircraft Spruce for $93.50 is PN 861-184, an older style. According to Rotax, the latest version is 861-188 per my prior...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-21-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Great info Charlie, your experience is very...

Great info Charlie, your experience is very similar to mine. I just received my new floats today, they are the same PN as yours, 861188. I weighed them and confirmed that they are physically the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-21-2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,654
Posted By pstraub
Hi Doug, I would say I was about 50/50 hand...

Hi Doug, I would say I was about 50/50 hand flying vs AP. I took advantage of all that AP time to really learn my Skyview system. I have two 10" displays, so it was a lot of fun to learn how capable...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,654
Posted By pstraub
If you have 20 minutes, this link may be helpful...

If you have 20 minutes, this link may be helpful to you. My opinion about the RV-12 and its cross-country capabilities will be obvious ;)

https://youtu.be/SR69XQj4jZg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Well, Dr Frankenstein...you should have a couple...

Well, Dr Frankenstein...you should have a couple to play with on Friday, according to USPS :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-19-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Jim, looking forward to their response. I...

Thanks Jim, looking forward to their response. I am sending you a pair of my heavy floats today.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-19-2018, 12:14 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Wow Brad, 1000 hours on your original floats and...

Wow Brad, 1000 hours on your original floats and they still weigh under 3g each!! They should be sent to the Bing Hall of Fame!!



I wanted to order the MS floats, then read the post from 'n233va'...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-18-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
Hi Jim, I would be happy to send you a pair of...

Hi Jim, I would be happy to send you a pair of these, I won't use them again. You idea sounds like a worthwhile effort!



The only other symptom I had was the obvious smell of fuel in the cabin, and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-18-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,341
Posted By pstraub
New member of the 'Sinker Club' (carb floats)

After about 125 hours on my RV-12, I was beginning to think I would be one of the lucky few without carb float problems....I was wrong! Doing my night currency last week, I noticed the smell of fuel...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-11-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,245
Posted By pstraub
Hallelujah to that!! Could we please refrain from...

Hallelujah to that!! Could we please refrain from the Trump (or Clinton) bashing on VAF. I have VERY STRONG opinions to one side, but I refuse to blatantly or covertly inject them into my VAF posts....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-01-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,677
Posted By pstraub
I did mine too. I describe exactly how it went in...

I did mine too. I describe exactly how it went in a YouTube video. Not trying to promote the video, just want to give you the info, so go to the 57:13 mark in the video, which is where I cover the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-17-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,152
Posted By pstraub
Back Panel RV12-B1

Hi Mike, I had the same experience as Tony. My first install was really a struggle and I almost gave up. Then I continued bending the piece and finally, it just snapped in and fits great. I didn't...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,483
Posted By pstraub
Thanks again for the nice comments, glad people...

Thanks again for the nice comments, glad people are enjoying the video. Also, great comments and ideas about leaded avgas vs. unleaded mogas. My main point was the RV-12 was very impressive overall,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,483
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Jim, good suggestions. I did clean my oil...

Thanks Jim, good suggestions. I did clean my oil tank after the 40 hours of 100LL, there was not too much accumulation, but there was definitely some sludge starting to form at the bottom of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-27-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,483
Posted By pstraub
I just want to thank everyone for the very nice...

I just want to thank everyone for the very nice comments. It was really fun to see what our collective RV-12 can really do. I tend not to think of it as 'Light-Sport' anymore, it's a very capable...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-27-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,483
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Scott, good info, I will try to use higher...

Thanks Scott, good info, I will try to use higher power settings when running the 100LL! I wanted to introduce myself at OSH but with OWW, you were always super busy. I went to the Van's banquet,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,483
Posted By pstraub
If you are wondering about the spark plugs, here...

If you are wondering about the spark plugs, here is a before and after pic of cylinder 1, lower plug. This is pretty much indicative of all 8 plugs. The before is after 70 hours of premium unleaded...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,483
Posted By pstraub
Hey Mike, I love the pics of your new house at...

Hey Mike, I love the pics of your new house at Dayton, can't wait to see it in person. Bonnie and I would love to fly in and visit! After all, you are kinda responsible for getting me into this whole...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,483
Posted By pstraub
Observations after first loooong cross-country (Oshkosh)

Please excuse the long post....After an approx 4K mile roundtrip from NorCal to Oshkosh, I just wanted to share some of my observations on the RV-12. I flew through 14 states, landed at 15 airports,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,301
Posted By pstraub
Just to be clear...if you are asking for...

Just to be clear...if you are asking for directions when onsite, it's called the Homebuilt Camping Pavilion (not the homebuilt shelter). It's on the far West end of Homebuilt Aircraft Parking.

Last...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-05-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,301
Posted By pstraub
2017

Last year was nice, we had a good gathering of RV-12 builders. I think we met on Wednesday at the new Homebuilt Camping Pavilion around noon. It would probably be a logistics nightmare to try and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,791
Posted By pstraub
I really enjoyed Bob's story, quite a journey!...

I really enjoyed Bob's story, quite a journey! And what a great thing to do for a fellow RV-12 owner, fantastic. It took me a few minutes to realize what I was reading, but once I figured out that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-04-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,661
Posted By pstraub
Hi Leon, not sure if I will make it this year,...

Hi Leon, not sure if I will make it this year, too much going on but I will try.

Thanks to all for the nice comments!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,661
Posted By pstraub
Follow on video, first year and paint

I forgot to post this last week....if anyone is interested, I have a follow on video to the documentary about building the RV-12. This covers my first year of flying, including some upgrades to the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-27-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 92,047
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Pat!!!

Thanks Pat!!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-26-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
OK, I can finally answer this question. I did a...

OK, I can finally answer this question. I did a new weight and CG calculation today. Since my original weigh-in last year (741.3 lbs, 81.38 inches), it looks like I have gained about 46 lbs!! (787.4...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-25-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 92,047
Posted By pstraub
Just painted....

http://i65.tinypic.com/k4ijv4.jpg

Flying a neighbor over Lake Camanche in Northern California!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
You guys did a great job, it was obviously my...

You guys did a great job, it was obviously my inspiration. I think both 'versions' are beautiful. I did have John design an RV-12 scheme based on the 1970 Martini Porsche Le Mans 917, but I chickened...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
Exactly...I didn't care for the solid wheel...

Exactly...I didn't care for the solid wheel pants, or the way the copper color on the wings and stab died directly into the dark fuselage. I also wanted a different line on the checkered flag and a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,192
Posted By pstraub
Hi Joe, completely agree, very nice addition. I...

Hi Joe, completely agree, very nice addition. I got lucky and installed it just before getting the plane painted!!

http://i64.tinypic.com/fxbdwh.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Jerre!!

Thanks Jerre!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,339
Posted By pstraub
Outstanding Leon, congratulations!! You must be...

Outstanding Leon, congratulations!! You must be on cloud 9 (or 12) tonight, would love to see a few pictures, hint, hint. Way to go!!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Ron!!! I designed it, but I must admit...

Thanks Ron!!!



I designed it, but I must admit that it's heavily based on the new RV-12iS that Van's showcased at OSH last year. I made several adjustments and chose my own colors. The other great...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
My first aerial shot....

http://i65.tinypic.com/k4ijv4.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,443
Posted By pstraub
Congrats Mike! I did my first hour of engine...

Congrats Mike! I did my first hour of engine testing without wings installed (since we don't have wing tanks, that really helps!) However, I didn't have a beautiful backdrop like you, just my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-09-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
Absolutely, I am excited to recommend them! You...

Absolutely, I am excited to recommend them! You won't find much info about painting on their website yet, since they are just going public with it. But they are definitely in the business. Here is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
I painted the interior while I was building the...

I painted the interior while I was building the fuselage. I just scuffed all the panels and used Rustoleum 2x satin granite.

http://i66.tinypic.com/34ez055.jpg
http://i65.tinypic.com/opr9jn.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
Very good question, I also installed all my...

Very good question, I also installed all my leather and carpet interior panels while I was up there. I guess about 40 lbs total, but I will be weighing the plane this weekend and will post it here.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
Thanks very much...

Thanks very much guys!!

http://i66.tinypic.com/33cywiw.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,551
Posted By pstraub
My RV-12 is painted!! Finally!

Well, almost a year to the day after my first flight, my RV-12 is finally painted! A huge thanks to Synergy Air, they did such a great job. Nobody will believe I built the plane, it looks too good! I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 39,738
Posted By pstraub
Wow, already painted and matching rivets....nice...

Wow, already painted and matching rivets....nice Jim :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2018, 12:53 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 39,738
Posted By pstraub
I had the same confusion. I decided not to drill...

I had the same confusion. I decided not to drill those 6 holes into the spar cap. I cleco'd everything in place and drilled the 6 holes thru the horn, just deep enough to mark the doubler, then took...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,202
Posted By pstraub
They should turn on with the Master Switch, but...

They should turn on with the Master Switch, but if you have the 5A fuel pump fuse removed, they won't run (same circuit).
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 39,738
Posted By pstraub
I agree Kevin, I think it's just implied based on...

I agree Kevin, I think it's just implied based on the AN426 rivet callout.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 39,738
Posted By pstraub
My pleasure guys. Here is another one that may...

My pleasure guys. Here is another one that may help. This is the bottom view. By the way, great to see your name Joe! It's been almost 2 years since your 'open house' at LVK, and your RV-12 was...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 39,738
Posted By pstraub
Hi Kevin, no detailed write up here, but I can...

Hi Kevin, no detailed write up here, but I can tell you it took me about 12 hours, it involved more than I initially thought. Here is the completed image, this is the top view, the bottom is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,046
Posted By pstraub
Hi Rob, not sure if this is what you are...

Hi Rob, not sure if this is what you are referring to, but both of mine look like this, I think it's normal.....

http://i66.tinypic.com/b6stw2.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-26-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,363
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the very informative comments....

Thanks to all for the very informative comments. Like I said, there is a great depth of knowledge out there and I had a feeling there were not any simple answers, but I am taking it all in. Maybe I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-26-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,363
Posted By pstraub
Thanks for the replies guys, that pretty much...

Thanks for the replies guys, that pretty much answers my questions. I had some pipe dream that I might be legal in some way, having the SkyView system as primary with a Stratus 2S/Foreflight as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-26-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,363
Posted By pstraub
Ignorant RV-12/IFR/GPS question...

Hi all, I hope this is not too far off-topic for the RV-12 forum, but I feel comfortable asking it here and I am continually amazed by this group's knowledge. It's embarassing to ask, since I was a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-26-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 32,293
Posted By pstraub
Thanks very much Mel, that is a very encouraging...

Thanks very much Mel, that is a very encouraging 'unofficial' interpretation!! I used to love flying IFR/IMC back in the '80s and would be sad if I couldn't use my RV-12 in that environment 'just a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-24-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,878
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the very kind words. By the 4th...

Thanks to all for the very kind words. By the 4th time I watched this, I started thinking that this video was probably not interesting or helpful, especially to this community!! Thanks again for the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,878
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the nice comments. I especially...

Thanks to all for the nice comments. I especially wanted to encourage anyone with a medical condition that could be safely managed! When I was considering getting current again, I never considered...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-21-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,878
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Don, I understand your frustration. I was...

Thanks Don, I understand your frustration. I was prepared to roll the fuse into the street and install the wings, but the inspector said it wasn't needed. He did scrutinize the wings in the wing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-21-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,878
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the very kind comments, if it...

Thanks to all for the very kind comments, if it helps any future builders, or just sparks some good memories in past builders, it was worth it. :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-21-2017, 12:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,878
Posted By pstraub
RV-12 Documentary??

Don't know what else to call it....I never did a 'blog' but now that my build is over, I wanted to document the story somehow. When I was considering building an RV-12 a couple years ago, I watched...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,882
Posted By pstraub
Hi John, thanks so much for doing this. I've had...

Hi John, thanks so much for doing this. I've had this on the back burner for several months, so kind of you to take the time and post the links. This will save me a ton of time....I owe you :)
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