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Old 09-24-2019, 04:41 PM
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Default Adding Autopilot servos to a finished RV-12

Since I would be buying the plane used, and don't have blueprints, where are the servo motors located and access to them? Under the seat panel or under the floor board, or under panel where storage and fuel tank is, or both? assume they attach to the linkage for the joy stick, or near floor for storage area / fuel tank?

I would need to order servo kits from Van's to keep it ELSA, I assume. Since I am a much better visual learner, does anyone have any pictures of doing their servo install?

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Old 09-24-2019, 05:43 PM
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The pitch servo is under the seat pan, pilot side:


The roll servo is behind the baggage bulkhead in the tail cone. Mounts on these brackets:


Order the digital plans and all will be clear.
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Old 09-24-2019, 06:43 PM
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Thanks, Tony T. Looks reasonable, then just getting the wiring harnesses in to the back of the instrument panel.

Any idea what year or serial # the mounts became standard in the builds, vs an addition to install when you bought the servos?

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The wiring should already be in place. Don't know when the servo mounting brackets became standard, but probably early on. The builder should be able to answer that question.
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In the context of your other thread asking about aircraft weights...... the weight of the different options on the RV-12 are pretty well known.
Adding the autopilot will add about 5 lbs.

Fuselage kits being shipped as early as 2009 included the autopilot servo brackets.
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Old 09-24-2019, 07:32 PM
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I would need to order servo kits from Van's to keep it ELSA, I assume.
No, not if the plane has completed the flight testing phase. You are free to make any changes desired as long as the plane still meets the definition of LSA, i.e., speed, weight, fixed gear, fixed prop, and etc.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:20 PM
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In the context of your other thread asking about aircraft weights...... the weight of the different options on the RV-12 are pretty well known.
Adding the autopilot will add about 5 lbs.

Fuselage kits being shipped as early as 2009 included the autopilot servo brackets.
1202xx ? With bracket by that production point, since I've no idea fuselage sales in what year sold.
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120485 ordered 31/12/2010.
Delivered to Australia April 2011.
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1202xx ? With bracket by that production point, since I've no idea fuselage sales in what year sold.
The office could tell you when the fuselage kit was shipped for that serial #.
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Old 09-25-2019, 10:48 AM
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Default Roll servo

I have just went thru this same process of adding a roll servo to my RV-12. I had to order the bracket kit from Vans. AP 12 bracket kit. I saved a lot of money ordering the servo direct from Dynon. I suggest you also get a momentary switch and capacitor from another source. I did not want the pitch servo. You can email me should you have further questions. Mike
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