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Old 02-16-2018, 02:09 PM
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Default RV-12 SB-18-02-03 Anti-Servo Tab Cracks

New SB as of today:

http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/sb18-02-03.pdf
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Old 02-16-2018, 03:47 PM
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If Iím reading the service bulletin correctly, itís interesting that doublers are only required if the AST skin is cracked. If the skin isnít cracked, it looks like the HS-1230 replacement ribs will add enough strength to prevent cracks from forming in uncracked skins.
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Old 02-16-2018, 04:06 PM
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Sigh... another SB or two and my hopes of a quick condition inspection this year will be fading. At least we'll have the whole stabilator assembly on the bench anyway.

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Old 02-16-2018, 06:03 PM
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Unfortunately, far from lowering the cost of flying, the RV12 has turned into a bag of worms.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:12 PM
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I don't think it's anywhere near a bag of worms. My cost of flying is very low. I love it and I'm sure not complaining ...
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:18 PM
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Unfortunately, far from lowering the cost of flying, the RV12 has turned into a bag of worms.
A bag of worms?? That's a bit harsh, and I don't think the cost of a few upgrade parts to fix or prevent problems that generally come to light as the result of real-world experience counts for much in the scheme of things. Computers can only get you so far, and I'm very pleased that Vans make these changes as needed.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:24 PM
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I don't think it's anywhere near a bag of worms. My cost of flying is very low. I love it and I'm sure not complaining ...
Could not agree more.....hey, it is a super lite built airplane. Iím just glad Vanís provides the builder support that he does. AND...what else would you do with your time. Documentation to show wifeís why we have to hang out @ our hangars.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:47 PM
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Labor intensive SBs are always frustrating, but itís still a great airplane and my all up costs are a third of my Cherokee 180 hourly cost. Iíve fortunately dodged some expensive ADs on my Cherokee over the years (usually engine related) so this is nothing unique to the RV-12.
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:59 PM
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I am thankful that the people at Van's are proactive as to bettering the RV-12. Makes my finished airplane safer. This airplane design is still maturing and I think that the low number of SBs reflects the overall excellence of the design.

I'm glad that Van's takes corrective action as soon as a problem with the 12 is found. Thanks to Van's - this customer service is outstanding and backed by an American company that does it right.
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Old 02-17-2018, 06:51 AM
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Don't get me wrong, I also appreciate the amount of time and effort Van's is investing to make sure the RV-12 is a solid long term airframe. Improvements have been continual, and as potential weak or trouble spots are found they're corrected.

I suspect the 12 is unique in the number of flying examples Van's sees on a regular basis, so they're able to see and track maintenance and repair issues on a small fleet flown by pilots of all experience levels - including flight schools. That will certainly find anything that wasn't designed to Russian military standards.

I'm just glad we'll be able to get all of the stabilator checks and modifications done at the same time.
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