Originally Posted by Peterk
I removed my wheel pants over a year ago just to be able to look for a nose gear crack prior to each flight (and after) My RV 12 was one of the first ten built (2009) and now has close to 900 hours of landings.
I flew from North Texas to Norman Oklahoma yesterday and back. After returning I found a crack exactly where the lower circle is on SB 16-05-23. It was NOT there when I left Norman. I have always used virtually full-stall landing techniques and never on unimproved strips.
I was debating if it was a function of poor landing technique, hours or just poor design. Still don't know for sure of course but my greatest fear was ripping off my prop so I was anal about checking it. That part worked out.
Keep on eye on yours.
And I’m going to go down a bumpy road here, but “full stall” may not be best practice in the -12 (or any other A Van’s model). I try to land on the mains with enough speed to keep the nosewheel off the ground and let the nose settle as airspeed decreases thru “stall” speed. I rely on AOA to start the initial beeps as the mains settle in and keep steady backpressure on the stick. Enough to keep the nose flying until it runs out. More of a softfield technique.
I am fairly consistent aside from strong xwinds when I get all 3 down in short order for directional control and stronger braking.
415 hours when we pulled the original nosefork off and replaced with the new version. No signs of any cracks. Replacement was purely preemptive.