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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2021, 06:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 838
Posted By cactusman
2015 the fuel lines should be teflon already. Oil...

2015 the fuel lines should be teflon already. Oil lines have a 10 year life. So then you get into coolant hoses, fuel pump drain hoses, etc. Might want to look at the ELT battery expirations as well....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2021, 03:50 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,450
Posted By cactusman
How much battery did you suck down? I'm guessing...

How much battery did you suck down? I'm guessing not much but it would be interesting to see what your battery was at when you shut down and what it was after the cooling and started back up again?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,514
Posted By cactusman
Yes you are correct. I meant to say this fuel...

Yes you are correct. I meant to say this fuel hose has a 10 year replacement vs other fuel hoses that are lifetime. Fixed it for future generations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,176
Posted By cactusman
USPS....long road from PDX to PHX...

USPS....long road from PDX to PHX...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,176
Posted By cactusman
I highly recommend anyone with a choice to select...

I highly recommend anyone with a choice to select UPS or Fedex for shipping.

I would ask that Greg suggest that to his shipping staff for backordered parts as well. Yeah it costs more and maybe you...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,514
Posted By cactusman
I believe that Van's has a 10-year (or Eng...

I believe that Van's has a 10-year (or Eng overhaul) replacement time interval on the oil hoses in the MM Service Schedule.

Interestingly they also have a 10-year replacement on the fuel return...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-09-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,054
Posted By cactusman
FUEL PRESSURE HOSE* FLUSH (* Left Side of Fuel...

FUEL PRESSURE HOSE* FLUSH (* Left Side of Fuel Return Assembly)
1. Place rags beneath the Fuel Pressure Sender.
2. Loosen VA-216 Fuel Return Assembly hose coupling while supporting elbow with
second...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-02-2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,291
Posted By cactusman
Wow is all I can say. Good find. What is the...

Wow is all I can say. Good find. What is the purpose of those BB's anyway?

Anyone know.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-28-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,450
Posted By cactusman
That's an interesting find. Thanks for posting...

That's an interesting find. Thanks for posting the details. I was not aware of this accident. I spent some time this morning going over the data log and reading the reports. As sometimes happens, I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-27-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,124
Posted By cactusman
Well I can only relay my one and only experience...

Well I can only relay my one and only experience with an engine driven fuel pump failing. Not a 912 of course. And the fuel pressures required in turbofan engines are prob substantially more than...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-26-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,124
Posted By cactusman
Rich - It has been my personal experience that...

Rich -

It has been my personal experience that when an engine driven pump fails, the engine usually fails. That includes a Rolls Royce engine on a 757 with 6 wing tank pumps.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,124
Posted By cactusman
Mine is on all the time. Yes annoying, yet...

Mine is on all the time. Yes annoying, yet reassuring. As I previously mentioned I upgraded to the newer Facet pump per Vans' notification a few years ago and carry the old one in my fly away bag.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,690
Posted By cactusman
Oh that was the comment Mike S told me when we...

Oh that was the comment Mike S told me when we gassed up using 100LL during a training session a long while back. He said they never use autogas because of logistics...but perhaps that was just his...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,690
Posted By cactusman
Well I think we all know the later engine is good...

Well I think we all know the later engine is good to 2000 hrs, and then we just ship it Lockwood for an estimate....or a new IS 915 engine maybe....

Since Van's demonstrators/trainers all run on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2021, 01:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,690
Posted By cactusman
https://lockwood.aero/carb-overhaul-kit-889-536.ht...

https://lockwood.aero/carb-overhaul-kit-889-536.html

https://www.leadingedgeairfoils.com/carb-overhaul-kit.html

https://www.cps-parts.com/catalog/rtxpages/15-05915.php

Kinda funny that Rotax even...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,690
Posted By cactusman
Smile Mee tooooo! lol

Mee tooooo! lol
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,690
Posted By cactusman
The following components and systems must be...

The following components and systems must be replaced every 5 years:

• Venting hose of the carburetors
• Diaphragm on both carburetors
• Carburetor sockets
• All rubber hoses of the cooling system
•...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-23-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By cactusman
Thx all. Numatx got back to me said they do...

Thx all. Numatx got back to me said they do recommend oiling at air inlet to pedal. Not sure why they took it out of the revised MX section on their website.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,450
Posted By cactusman
I never had any power loss. Just fuel pressure...

I never had any power loss. Just fuel pressure indications. At the time i was pretty much using Premium auto gas all the time. 100 LL might be the sole fix needed i dont know. I can only say the two...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,450
Posted By cactusman
Good find. I do think our tank heats up under...

Good find. I do think our tank heats up under that bubble canopy in the sun - esp here in AZ.

I added the higher pressure Facet fuel pump when Van's came out with it because I noticed fuel pressures...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,450
Posted By cactusman
That IS cowl got more holes in it than my...

That IS cowl got more holes in it than my practice rivet sheet! lol

Of course just thinking out loud but I wonder if you get too much cooling do you risk the odds of carb ice in our normally...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By cactusman
Hold the phone. The paper one does say to oil it...

Hold the phone. The paper one does say to oil it daily! Hmmmm.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By cactusman
Thx for the feedback - do you mean oil it like...

Thx for the feedback - do you mean oil it like you would oil a drill? I bled it carefully, albeit managed to make a mess despite my best efforts.

Looking thru the instructions again to see if i...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By cactusman
Numatx Set-Up - Please Review

Numatx experts - please comment on video. Public dropbox page. I think I have this set up right. Was wondering on the pressures you use for riveting? I think I have seen 70's and 50's?

Noticed some...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-16-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,450
Posted By cactusman
The new(er) version of the RV12 has NACA style...

The new(er) version of the RV12 has NACA style duct for the new placement of the B&C regulator - you could order one of those and it would probably work to provide more...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,291
Posted By cactusman
These two old RVATORs have some info regarding...

These two old RVATORs have some info regarding the causes of rough running engines - One article written by Van himself attributes to exactly your problem - enrichment circuit fixed the problem and a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,291
Posted By cactusman
One last thing to consider - sending your carbs...

One last thing to consider - sending your carbs in for 5 year/200 hr rebuild and inspection. Although it sounds like you have done a thorough inspection yourself, if you are pushing the 5 years, a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,291
Posted By cactusman
I would also recheck the prop angles using the...

I would also recheck the prop angles using the Tool 0002 and magnetic level. If those angles are a little out it can cause some vibration. Also I concur with the dynamic prop balance. Made a huge...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,450
Posted By cactusman
What Greg said is correct. Avoid winter pump gas,...

What Greg said is correct. Avoid winter pump gas, try to buy from high quality Shell or similar gas stations (avoid brand x - I purchased an outboard motor recently and the owner of the shop hated...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-01-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 852
Posted By cactusman
I just redid my rear with the new plexiglass and...

I just redid my rear with the new plexiglass and opted to use black silicone to match the color of my plane based on the reports that the plexiglass was less impervious to the fuel. Ironically my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-01-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,584
Posted By cactusman
Looks good Tony. Will it enter the hold on...

Looks good Tony. Will it enter the hold on autopilot by itself? Just curious if it will figure out the proper entry technique.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,383
Posted By cactusman
I use the gauges with damping needles so I don't...

I use the gauges with damping needles so I don't have enough experience with your system - but that looked weird. One side might have been lagging the other.

I usually start mine at 3000. Once I get...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,764
Posted By cactusman
Drilling the holes for the nose gear made me...

Drilling the holes for the nose gear made me cranky (especially when I decided not to sharpen the drill bits after the first hole!), but not nearly as cranky as the new plexiglass rear window, the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,236
Posted By cactusman
Yep - 2012 - but if he has the newer fuel hoses,...

Yep - 2012 - but if he has the newer fuel hoses, less of a deal.

The engine mount isolators were a S/B for soft ones for no raised lettering, i replaced all mine with the nose gear change, because i...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,236
Posted By cactusman
Is the circlip applicable? That's an easy fix....

Is the circlip applicable? That's an easy fix. Rotax has the numbers.

More importantly since it is a 2012, the carbs should have been rebuilt i would think - that is a 200 hr/5 year deal? Around...
Forum: RV-10 03-21-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,684
Posted By cactusman
What did you lubricate the hinges with? LP1/2 or...

What did you lubricate the hinges with? LP1/2 or similar?

I took/take a chunk of Boelube and just run it over the pins prior to insertion.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2021, 10:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,258
Posted By cactusman
It's too bad Van's didn't have one they could...

It's too bad Van's didn't have one they could exchange and bring yours in for extensive testing and analysis.

Just curious with that time - had you had the carbs rebuilt and do you balance them...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-03-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 18,791
Posted By cactusman
Vibration is an enemy of many things. The value...

Vibration is an enemy of many things. The value of (at least one) good prop balance and carb synching should not be underestimated. I just dropped $4k on a Catto 3-blade based on some discussions i...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,867
Posted By cactusman
yeah Rich is out there too i think. Hold old is...

yeah Rich is out there too i think. Hold old is the battery? I had a battery showing fully charged that was causing problems. Changed it out (actually a batteries plus chain store had one) and that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,867
Posted By cactusman
Apply heat or cold - sounds like my Doctor.

Apply heat or cold - sounds like my Doctor.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,867
Posted By cactusman
Advanced Start Module (ASM) Ignition. The...

Advanced Start Module (ASM) Ignition. The “advance” in performance comes from retarding the spark to After Top Dead Center (ATDC) during start-up, and then reverting to the normal Before Top Dead...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,867
Posted By cactusman
"We know of many rotax 912 CDI failures. The most...

"We know of many rotax 912 CDI failures. The most usual failure is the unability to start the engine from cold, in this case the CDIs will work and the engine will start after applying a heat gun for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,867
Posted By cactusman
Yeah Lockwood might be able to do something for...

Yeah Lockwood might be able to do something for him. Worth a call for sure. They might be able to get Rotax to cover some of it. They have had some success for me with 3 sets of carb...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,867
Posted By cactusman
Do your modules have a green or yellow stripe?...

Do your modules have a green or yellow stripe? Earlier ones had a problem if i recall.

I see you are up in Sun City. I don't have my plans or plane handy as I keep them up north but i might be able...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By cactusman
Thanks - that was the one. Been trying for a...

Thanks - that was the one. Been trying for a while to find it. Search doesn't seem to work for me well on here.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By cactusman
Skybolt Fasteners Wheel Pants

I think i saw someone on here had done their RV12 wheel pants using Skybolt or similar quick release fasteners for their back half of their wheel pants to aid in quick removal and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-24-2017, 07:35 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 35,643
Posted By cactusman
Funny Scott - I went back and reviewed that...

Funny Scott - I went back and reviewed that thread in detail and didn't find one comment that seemed to indicate "how hard could it be"

What I did see is a lot of Van's customers who are experienced...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,130
Posted By cactusman
So...by FWD fuselage - what are we talking about...

So...by FWD fuselage - what are we talking about here?

Before a bunch of builders in process dump their whole fuselage kit and start over....looking at the video it doesn't seem like there are that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,130
Posted By cactusman
After watching the video, I have several...

After watching the video, I have several questions....

Was the G load measured somehow when then forklift was accelerated?

Will a gear retrofit kit be offered to existing RV-12 owners? Looks like...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-19-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,130
Posted By cactusman
All your points make sense. I have just noticed...

All your points make sense. I have just noticed recently a huge drop in the asking prices of RV12s on Barnstormers and elsewhere and I was wondering why....now I know.

Same as cars...when the newer...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-19-2017, 10:03 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,130
Posted By cactusman
Well that just tanked the values of all our...

Well that just tanked the values of all our legacy RV12s!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 17,441
Posted By cactusman
Wait....someone here said it was impossible to...

Wait....someone here said it was impossible to put a 912 IS on a RV12 many moons ago....;)

Now the 100k question is when you hit TBO, what will the cost all in be to get a new IS, new cowling, new...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,119
Posted By cactusman
The PAP requires "at least" 1 gal in 180 seconds...

The PAP requires "at least" 1 gal in 180 seconds from the output from the gascolator.

As an aside I was finishing my "annual" and noticed one float was sinking/ borderline - and during the run-up,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2017, 02:45 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,119
Posted By cactusman
I would offer mine - but the plane is up north...

I would offer mine - but the plane is up north and I'm hoping to finish my annual this weekend.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,119
Posted By cactusman
I would check the gascolator filter (clean it - I...

I would check the gascolator filter (clean it - I usually order spares from Vans - pretty cheap), and check the fuel tank screen. Then unhook the gas line into the engine driven fuel pump and check...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,030
Posted By cactusman
Guess my question was aimed more at the RV-12...

Guess my question was aimed more at the RV-12 ELSA community, just wondering if anyone has any experience with replacing their 470 in the RV-12 avionics bay with the 472 and if there were any gotchas.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,030
Posted By cactusman
Dynon ADS-B trade-in program

I see there is a fairly low cost trade-in program....anyone updated their old 470 yet? Plug and play?

http://www.dynonavionics.com/adsb-receiver-tradein.php
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2017, 01:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,687
Posted By cactusman
A bad thing to me is taking off at an 8000' Dalt...

A bad thing to me is taking off at an 8000' Dalt with a family member or friend and seeing nothing but pine trees, forest roads and homes after an engine failure due to vapor lock....putting up...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,687
Posted By cactusman
May 1 is the final date for the refiners to...

May 1 is the final date for the refiners to switch and ship.

You might see it sooner.

I started topping off with 100LL whenever I can.

Burning 100LL will help with low fuel pressure warnings.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-10-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,574
Posted By cactusman
Don Copeland in Eloy is probably the best painter...

Don Copeland in Eloy is probably the best painter around imho.

Nice guy too. Certainly not cheap, but aircraft painting is a very labor intensive job. The materials/equipment cost alone are prob...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-13-2017, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,177
Posted By cactusman
http://109lair.hobbyvista.com/walkaround/10639/bk6...

http://109lair.hobbyvista.com/walkaround/10639/bk6.trim.wheels.2.jpg
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/cd/88/1c/cd881ce94fb92f5f1bd25d8498b21dcd.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-01-2016, 09:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 43,753
Posted By cactusman
I agree it is the cleanest install I have seen....

I agree it is the cleanest install I have seen. Looks very nice! The only thing I could suggest is the use of the non-beveled nippy cutters to get a clean edge on the cable ties cutoff....and that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-30-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 43,753
Posted By cactusman
[QUOTE=Tony_T;1130221] https://photos.smugmug.com/...

[QUOTE=Tony_T;1130221]
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-7sCrPSg/0/L/i-7sCrPSg-L.jpg

don't forget to carbon fiber wrap your dash...

http://i65.tinypic.com/5lufzq.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-30-2016, 08:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,804
Posted By cactusman
Ideally you should find a DAR with RV-12...

Ideally you should find a DAR with RV-12 experience, or an AP/IA with RV-12 and/or Rotax experience. My guess is they would charge you a set fee for reviewing everything - logbook entries, engine,...
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