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Old 09-13-2017, 11:54 AM
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Default Brakes

I find it difficult to taxi in a crosswind and it doesn't take a lot wind to go passed the capability of the brake.
Question: is there larger brakes available for the RV-12?
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:08 PM
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Default Not sure--

if Beringer is making a caliper package for the 12. Retrofitting their calipers will require some work. Groves might convert, more easily.
Is the issue more holding power?

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Old 09-13-2017, 12:25 PM
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The steering friction on your castering nose wheel may be set too light. I experience the same symptom when taxiing in cross wind.

You get used to dragging a little bit of brake...
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:02 PM
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Yes holding power is the problem. It will weather vane and not enough rudder & brake to hold it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:09 PM
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I too would suspect the nose-wheel breakout force is not sufficient. My -7A handles most mild wind with rudder only once moving.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:10 PM
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How much wind are you talking about? I've never had an issue maintaining directional control, but I have had to repeatedly tap a brake to stay on center line with 10 knots crosswind on a taxi way.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:49 PM
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It can handle more right x-wind but a 10 knots left X-wind for me is difficult and much more than tapping. Very heavy braking. I've flown with another RV-12 and it had a difficult time. I've flown many aircraft and started instructing back in the 60's. I'd like to have more brake to feel safe.
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