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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Good idea. Thanks.

Good idea. Thanks.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I sure got a lot of very good ideas in response...

I sure got a lot of very good ideas in response to my original post. I seriously considered several of them, standing in my hangar and visualizing how they would work there. Ultimately, though, I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-05-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,932
Posted By lon@carolon.net
No, I don't use Mogas. I use 100LL, and add...

No, I don't use Mogas. I use 100LL, and add Decalin.

I thought I'd solved the problem by changing the o-rings on the fuel cap. This morning, before adding fuel, I checked my fuel, and again had no...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,932
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I checked the fuel this morning for the first...

I checked the fuel this morning for the first time since changing the o-rings. There was no water in the fuel! Now I'm going to get some DC-4 and spray lube too. Thanks!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 15,872
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Greg, I'm the guy who asked "Is this any way to...

Greg,

I'm the guy who asked "Is this any way to run a business?" I asked the question impulsively, out of frustration, in part because I'm still waiting for my mechanic to replace the circlips that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,932
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Thanks for this. I wondered whether my o-rings...

Thanks for this. I wondered whether my o-rings were letting moisture in, because they were more than a year old. As a result, I replaced both o-rings a couple of days ago, but haven't checked for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Thanks for the link. The L-shaped screw driver I...

Thanks for the link. The L-shaped screw driver I bought is a different brand but otherwise is just like yours. Even with this low profile screwdriver, I still found it difficult to get at the screws...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Bob and Norm, Thanks for your input. Iím going to...

Bob and Norm, Thanks for your input. Iím going to carefully store the fairings and brackets so Iíll have them if I decide to put the fairings back on, or if I eventually sell the plane to someone who...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 15,872
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I just received an email from Vanís telling me...

I just received an email from Vanís telling me that the nose gear and fork I ordered last Thursday will be shipped in 8 to 10 WEEKS! Nice that Vanís is working on Super Bowl Sunday. But really, 8 to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,932
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Sitka Spruce is flexible enough to get past the...

Sitka Spruce is flexible enough to get past the bend in the filler neck, but stiff enough to reach the bottom of the tank? Iíd love for you to describe how you made yours.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By lon@carolon.net
10-15 minutes is remarkable. It took me much...

10-15 minutes is remarkable. It took me much longer to get the fairings off, and it seemed to me that putting them back on would be an all-day affair. Do you do something to get the tires up off the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,932
Posted By lon@carolon.net
What are you using for a dip stick? Rigid sticks...

What are you using for a dip stick? Rigid sticks donít get past the bend in the fuel tank neck, and flexible ďsticksĒ (like plastic tubing) donít seem to reach the bottom of the tank.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 10:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,932
Posted By lon@carolon.net
When I got to ďGet a straw,Ē I thought you were...

When I got to ďGet a straw,Ē I thought you were going to tell me to taste the stuff.:eek: Glad you didnít suggest that. Alas, what you did suggest would be very difficult for me, because I live in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Good idea. The RV-12's payload is the best of any...

Good idea. The RV-12's payload is the best of any LSA I've looked at. But another few pounds (maybe more) would always be nice.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Wink Thanks for your response. These are the drawings...

Thanks for your response. These are the drawings I looked at to learn enough for me to write my original post. They taught me some stuff, but left me with the questions I asked, because I didn't...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Posted By lon@carolon.net
How to remove wheel fairings, permanently

After reading the latest Service Bulletins, I removed the nose wheel fairing to inspect the nose fork for cracks. I didnít find any. I also removed the fairings from the main gear tires, in order to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-31-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,932
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Water in my fuel, or could it be Decalin?

Lately, I've been getting about a half-inch of clear liquid in the bottom of my fuel tester when I test the fuel before a flight. It only shows up on the first test of the day. I pour the stuff out,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Yes, I agree about needing to have my hands on...

Yes, I agree about needing to have my hands on the towbar to guide the plane backwards. I'm wondering whether using the tail tiedown ring would be OK if I'm also pushing the towbar. I've been pushing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
This is the sort of device I had in mind. Harbor...

This is the sort of device I had in mind. Harbor Freight has an even less expensive winch, designed to be mounted flat rather than hung from the ceiling. Using the tail tie-down ring as the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I am going to paint or tape a line on the ramp...

I am going to paint or tape a line on the ramp and floor, because it'll help even backing the plane into the hangar. I'm nervous about taxiing it in nose first, though, for a reason I posted above.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
The slope isn't very deep or steep, so I have no...

The slope isn't very deep or steep, so I have no trouble getting the plane out of the hangar. It's tough getting it back in, though, because the hangar door opening is narrow so I can't get a running...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
This looks like the towbar I'm using.

This looks like the towbar I'm using.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I've thought about trying this, but have...

I've thought about trying this, but have hesitated because my hangar door opening is narrow, and the hangar floor has a raised section on which the plane sits. The rear of the raised section slopes...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
The car won't work, because my hangar door is too...

The car won't work, because my hangar door is too close to a main taxiway. But I'm intrigued by your block and tackle suggestion, and may give that a try. Pulling by hand means the device won't get...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,616
Posted By lon@carolon.net
How to get plane into hangar up ramp slope

I just got a hangar for my RV-12 (a brag-worthy accomplishment in Southern California). I love having the plane in a hangar. But I have to muscle the plane up a slight incline to get it inside. I can...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-09-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 504
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I just sent you an email.

I just sent you an email.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-24-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
Thank you Joe, Bob and Tony. The schematic in the...

Thank you Joe, Bob and Tony. The schematic in the RV-12 POH shows that the cigarette lighter socket is not wired directly to the battery; itís connected to the Main Bus, and thus the Master has to be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
Never mind. Sometimes I need both Dynons on at...

Never mind. Sometimes I need both Dynons on at the same time, so if I canít do that with a 5 amp fuse in the power outlet slot, and I canít put a 7.5 or 10 amp fuse in that slot even temporarily,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 10:03 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
And what if I used the cigarette lighter but only...

And what if I used the cigarette lighter but only turned on one Dynon display at a time, and nothing else ó no lights, no radio, etc.? One Dynon would draw only 2.4 amps.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
Oh my. I have a simple and what I think is a...

Oh my. I have a simple and what I think is a common problem. I need to power the Dynons in a plane thatís in a tie-down space without a nearby 120 volt outlet. But the solution gets more difficult...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
Thanks Bob. I do have a ULS, so I'll check to see...

Thanks Bob. I do have a ULS, so I'll check to see whether the cigarette lighter is hot only if the Master is turned on.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
P.S. Is it possible that my -12 doesnít have an...

P.S. Is it possible that my -12 doesnít have an avionics bus? My plane has dual Dynon Skyview HDXs. And Iím wondering whether they might be wired directly to the planeís battery via the Master...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
Oh, now I understand. I didnít build the plane; I...

Oh, now I understand. I didnít build the plane; I bought it from the builder. He gave me the Kit Builderís Manual. But I donít find anything in it that explains how I would get to the avionics bus....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
I did this a couple of months ago, and then had a...

I did this a couple of months ago, and then had a battery-no-longer-charging problem, about which I started another thread here on vansairforce. Eventually -- with the help of others on vansairforce...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,218
Posted By lon@carolon.net
All of these suggestions are excellent advice . ....

All of these suggestions are excellent advice . . . for building an actual airplane.

But Bynan asked what tools he’d need to build the Toolbox. The practice kit isn’t only to “practice.” It also...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By lon@carolon.net
Is there something that can be used for extended...

Is there something that can be used for extended avionics use that does not require a nearby 120 volt outlet, and does not require the planeís battery to be disconnected?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-19-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Did you, by any chance, take photos of the board...

Did you, by any chance, take photos of the board after you installed ATM fuses on its edge? If you did, I'd love to see them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-17-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Tony, Thank you again. Your posts make the...

Tony,

Thank you again. Your posts make the procedure really clear.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-17-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Tony, Thanks for this. Two questions: 1. Is...

Tony,

Thanks for this. Two questions:

1. Is D-Sub pin 13 now an open unused pin, or would the new fuse wire share that pin with another wire that's already attached?

2. In your photo, it looks as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-14-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
You've just touched on one of the reasons I...

You've just touched on one of the reasons I decided to buy a new module instead of the fuse patch that you and Joe recommend. I've never built a plane. This is the first plane I've ever owned, and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-14-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Now you tell me! [;-) I thought that...

Now you tell me! [;-)

I thought that return-for-repair might be a possibility. But I'd been unable to fly my plane for more than 3 weeks, and when learned how to fix it, I was in a hurry to do that....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-14-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Yes! As of 11 o'clock this morning. All thanks to...

Yes! As of 11 o'clock this morning. All thanks to you. Your diagnosis of a blown fuse in the Van's Switch & Fuse Module (AV-50001) was spot on.

Your recommended treatment -- inserting a new fuse...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-12-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,447
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Very nice. I especially liked how calm you were...

Very nice. I especially liked how calm you were when you learned that you'd built the fuselage for the "classic" RV-12 and then Van's came out with the new and improved RV-12iS. Most people would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-10-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
This is the best news I've gotten in more than...

This is the best news I've gotten in more than three weeks. Thank you!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-10-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Thanks for this. I'm trying to understand what's...

Thanks for this. I'm trying to understand what's going on, as well as fix it. And this explains a lot.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-10-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I just got back from the airport. The Master...

I just got back from the airport. The Master switch does not light up when the Master is turned on. But the Ignition A and B switches do light up, and they are right next to the Master and in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
The C pin voltage was 1.18 volts. That was not a...

The C pin voltage was 1.18 volts. That was not a typo.

It turns out that my Dynon does have an AV-50001. It isn't mentioned in the Pilot Guide or Installation Guide. But it does show up in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
My plane has the Skyview HDX -- the most recent...

My plane has the Skyview HDX -- the most recent version of the Dynon. I don't think it has an AV50001 module, because a digital search of both the Skyview Pilot Guide and Installation Guide failed to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Wow! This possibility brightens my day...

Wow! This possibility brightens my day enormously! I'll check the fuses tomorrow, and report back. I'm not superstitious, but I'm going to sleep tonight with my fingers crossed. Thank you.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
OK. I'll get the bus voltage. I hate to ask this...

OK. I'll get the bus voltage. I hate to ask this on a public forum, but where exactly do I measure the "buss voltage"?

Also, if my buss voltage isn't over 14 volts, but my stator is putting out 15...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
All of these suggestions are good ones,...

All of these suggestions are good ones, especially for a newly-built plane that had electrical problems right from the start. However, my plane is a year and half old with 170 Hobbs hours, and it had...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I too had a failing voltage regulator, but my...

I too had a failing voltage regulator, but my mechanic replaced it with a new one, and then replaced that one with another new one just in case the first was defective right out of the box.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
I watched my mechanic do this. He added one new...

I watched my mechanic do this. He added one new connector, and tightened all of them very carefully.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
With the engine off, the electric fuel pump off...

With the engine off, the electric fuel pump off (i.e., the circuit breaker removed), and the avionics off, I got these readings on the multimeter:

With both Skyviews on and the Skyview showing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-08-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,969
Posted By lon@carolon.net
No Joy with Diagnosis of Negative Amps & Declining Volts

My RV12 is equipped with dual Dynon Skyview HDXs ("SVs"). Until recently, the Amps and Volts displayed on the SVs were exactly what they were supposed to be. Now though the SVs display negative Amps...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,234
Posted By lon@carolon.net
My mechanic now suspects my Dynon HDX, too. The...

My mechanic now suspects my Dynon HDX, too. The HDX readings aren't false, though. He checked my battery with his handheld multimeter, and it showed the same amps and volts as the Dynon. He wonders,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,234
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Piper J3: I have three Odyssey PC680 batteries....

Piper J3:

I have three Odyssey PC680 batteries. One came with the plane (an RV-12 ELSA that I bought from the builder) and two that were given to me by a friend who had them in his 24-volt system...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,234
Posted By lon@carolon.net
My battery suddenly stopped charging, and my...

My battery suddenly stopped charging, and my mechanic has done everything suggested in this RV-12 Forum and elsewhere for this malady, including replacing the rectifier/regulator, grounding the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 22,474
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Could a dead (or dying) voltage regulator cause...

Could a dead (or dying) voltage regulator cause fatal damage to a stator?

I ask, because my battery is no longer charging. My Ducati VR showed signs of failure (bulges on the black underside) so I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-26-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,391
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Canadian Joy: You're right. I am overthinking...

Canadian Joy: You're right. I am overthinking this, for two reasons. This is the first plane I've ever owned. (I rented for years.) And I'm like a first-time parent -- afraid to do anything that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-26-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,391
Posted By lon@carolon.net
The battery in my -12 is difficult to get to, so...

The battery in my -12 is difficult to get to, so the builder added a quick connect plug that is easy to reach through the oil door. I connect the external battery using a cable that has a compatible...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-25-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,391
Posted By lon@carolon.net
Thanks for all the suggestions. A friend gave me...

Thanks for all the suggestions. A friend gave me a 12-volt battery that's identical to the one in my plane. When I'm using the avionics with the engine off, I attach that battery to my plane's...
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