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Old 01-16-2020, 10:22 AM
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Default wing doubler kit rv-12 #14-11-03

i would like to know if the loose rivets in the wing skin have occurred for any 12's flying. i am wondering what others have found.
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:25 AM
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Are you talking about smoking rivets? How many hours on the plane?
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:26 AM
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yes, smoking rivets or any other sign they aren't tight. i am still building. if anyone turns up these rivets number of hours would be good to know.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:52 PM
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About 215 hours on a 2015 build... and we were just looking... Nothing showing smoked rivets, yet, but we almost always fly early in the day, in glassy air, avoiding any type of turbulence. Probably a low hour bird.

I'd ask some of the places that are S-LSA owners that rent and teach out of them for higher hour birds.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:00 PM
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I have early SN RV-12 120058 now with 522TT. Airplane is flown off of rough grass runway and most often in pretty good summer convection. I have hit my head twice on the canopy with shoulder straps sinched tightly.

I check for loose rivets at Annual Condition Inspection and also when cleaning bottom of plane. No loose rivets at present so I'm delaying the SB.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:35 PM
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If your still building do it. I did. Much easier at that stage.
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:55 PM
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950 hours since March 2012 and no Smokey rivets. I bought the doubler kit and keep it in my tool chest in case I ever need it.
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Old 01-17-2020, 05:06 AM
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thanks to all for the feedback.although i am building i am about done and the wings are closed up. i think i will let this go until it becomes a problem. if the holes to drill out were still open it would be a no brainer. i will set the doubler kit on the shelf and hope it stays there.
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Old 01-17-2020, 06:39 PM
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Bob,

Itís inconvenient now. Itís REALLY inconvenient later. In your situation Iíd do it now.

In my situation I donít want to screw up my paint job until necessary.


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Old 01-17-2020, 08:20 PM
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I strongly encourage you to incorporate the safety mods during construction -- even if it means drilling out some rivets. Such procrastinated things have a way of never getting done at a later date. Besides, the mods will enhance your future resale prospects.
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