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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,613
Posted By TomVal
My Farewell to VAF

We sold our RV-12 today. My girlfriend/spouse/copilot whom has been by my side during my 56 year aviation career and I have collectively decided to pursue other pastimes while the good Lord has...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,323
Posted By TomVal
Quote from the SB: The crack occurred at a...

Quote from the SB:

The crack occurred at a location that is not visually inspectable. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that owners of RV-12/RV-12iS aircraft with the original style nose gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,939
Posted By TomVal
Yesterday I flew the -12 to Twin Lakes Air Park...

Yesterday I flew the -12 to Twin Lakes Air Park (S17) near Augusta, GA for an annual condition inspection. This is the first time in seven years that I've had anyone other than me perform...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-17-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,989
Posted By TomVal
Thanks for the update. I had the work done about...

Thanks for the update. I had the work done about five years ago.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-17-2020, 04:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,989
Posted By TomVal
End packing your wheel bearings. Send your...

End packing your wheel bearings. Send your wheels with tires to Anti Spat Aero. They will machine the hub to accept sealed bearings and then dynamically balance the tire / wheel...
Forum: Safety 07-26-2020, 05:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,504
Posted By TomVal
Great headwork Greg keeping all your options open.

Great headwork Greg keeping all your options open.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,530
Posted By TomVal
Great tip...leave it to the kids to know that!

Great tip...leave it to the kids to know that!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,530
Posted By TomVal
Hangar Visitors From the Swamp and Beyond

Our airport, Summerville, SC (KDYB), is located adjacent to a swamp thus we are subjected to a variety of flying and crawling visitors during the year. Here is the cast of usual characters:

Mud...
Forum: Southeast 07-18-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,653
Posted By TomVal
Check out Pic N Pig on the field at BQ1 The...

Check out Pic N Pig on the field at BQ1

The South Carolina Breakfast Club is a great fly-in (subject to covid cancellations):

http://southcarolinabreakfastclub.com/2020-schedule
Forum: Southeast 07-17-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,653
Posted By TomVal
Charleston, SC area...

Charleston, SC area attractions:

https://www.patriotspoint.org


https://www.nps.gov/fosu/index.htm


https://www.hunley.org
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,906
Posted By TomVal
Here is the replacement strut kit on Van's...

Here is the replacement strut kit on Van's site:


Steel Gas Strut Replacement Kit
12 CANOPY GAS STRUT KIT
$48.00
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-04-2020, 03:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By TomVal
I would like to see Van's offer an aluminum kit...

I would like to see Van's offer an aluminum kit to replace the rear window. So far I have avoided splashing on the lexan but have had some exciting moments filling that tank.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-29-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,673
Posted By TomVal
Bob, Reference post #4. My pitot tube is...

Bob,

Reference post #4.

My pitot tube is mounted approximately 6" aft of the leading edge. (It took two trips to the airport for me to remember to do this!)
Forum: Safety 06-27-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,782
Posted By TomVal
If you wear a parachute, strap in as if you mean...

If you wear a parachute, strap in as if you mean to use it. Some of you may recall Rudy Frasca of Frasca Aviation lost a son via a bailout. He was ferrying for a friend an aerobatic plane to the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-27-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,673
Posted By TomVal
Bob, The photo may not be too helpful. I'll try...

Bob,

The photo may not be too helpful. I'll try to remember to take a measurement the next time out to the airport. Sorry the photo came out so...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,861
Posted By TomVal
Blue skies Wolfgang...I may be stopping by for a...

Blue skies Wolfgang...I may be stopping by for a cup of coffee soon.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,870
Posted By TomVal
Sorry, that was me. I deleted the post with the...

Sorry, that was me. I deleted the post with the intention of making a revised post with additional information but didn't get back to it last evening:

After you reported the rain and significant...
Forum: Southeast 05-29-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,167
Posted By TomVal
Yes, after Walterboro Airport taking a direct hit...

Yes, after Walterboro Airport taking a direct hit from an E-4 tornado Chapter business has understandably slowed down.

Check your private messages (PM), I sent you my phone number so we can discuss...
Forum: Southeast 05-29-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,167
Posted By TomVal
Hello Jason and welcome to the forum. I am based...

Hello Jason and welcome to the forum.

I am based at DYB and not aware of an RV-4 based at the field. Actually, I have the only RV on the field unless someone recently moved in.

Here is a link to...
Forum: COMM 05-01-2020, 06:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By TomVal
Here is a QSO with K5AMM, airborne mobile. Give...

Here is a QSO with K5AMM, airborne mobile. Give him a lookup on QRZ. Maybe he can answer some of your...
Forum: Southeast 04-20-2020, 05:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,515
Posted By TomVal
Same here. Doesn't make sense but that's the way...

Same here. Doesn't make sense but that's the way it works here in SC.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-19-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,734
Posted By TomVal
Does the trailing edge of the wing properly...

Does the trailing edge of the wing properly engage in the flaperon torque tube?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-16-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 952
Posted By TomVal
I believe we just discovered the next Richard...

I believe we just discovered the next Richard Collins or Lauran Paine Jr. Well done DR!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-15-2020, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,349
Posted By TomVal
Originally Posted by TomVal View Post I land...

Originally Posted by TomVal View Post
I land with one notch unless I need full flaps to adjust my flight path




The procedure has served me well for making shallow adjustments to flight path on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-15-2020, 03:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,349
Posted By TomVal
Can you land no-flap, yes, but why? Only if you...

Can you land no-flap, yes, but why? Only if you like longer ground runs, excessive brake wear, and possible nose wheel strike.

I land with one notch unless I need full flaps to adjust my flight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2020, 05:29 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,285
Posted By TomVal
One of my all time favorite captains to fly with...

One of my all time favorite captains to fly with owned a RV4. He owned a summer lakeside cabin about 70 miles north of our airline's headquarters. He was due a semi-annual simulator check and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,285
Posted By TomVal
As I stood there watching the buyer of my RV8...

As I stood there watching the buyer of my RV8 taxi away, I was a bit puzzled when he shut down the engine at the runway hold short line. He got out of the aircraft to lock the forward baggage...
Forum: Safety 04-02-2020, 06:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,064
Posted By TomVal
Perhaps some SI time should be part of every...

Perhaps some SI time should be part of every Flight Review.
Forum: Safety 04-02-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,064
Posted By TomVal
I had the pleasure of receiving my aviation...

I had the pleasure of receiving my aviation training in the mid 60's at the University of Illinois, Institute of Aviation. The University conducted many studies in flight training, particularly in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-29-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,538
Posted By TomVal
Yes, reweigh the aircraft and add the new empty...

Yes, reweigh the aircraft and add the new empty weight and CG to your logbook. Adding paint will reduce your useful load.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,860
Posted By TomVal
I put my aircraft into storage twice a year for...

I put my aircraft into storage twice a year for about 3 months each time. I always drain the oil and install fresh oil. I will then motor the engine with the ignition off to circulate the fresh oil...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2020, 03:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,133
Posted By TomVal
Wonderful news for Audrey and the family. ...

Wonderful news for Audrey and the family. Blessings to all.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 05:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,173
Posted By TomVal
Had no place to go: In 1989 I was a flight...

Had no place to go:

In 1989 I was a flight engineer on a B-747 weighing 800,000 lbs for takeoff out of Chicago. Nearing V1 we took a multiple bird strike in engines 1 & 2. The high speed abort...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2020, 04:20 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,399
Posted By TomVal
Slightly off topic: Early evolution of airway...

Slightly off topic: Early evolution of airway navigation...from railroad tracks, to bonfires, to lighted airways, to A-N ranges, to VOR, etc. Even then there was the occasional bonfire going out or...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2020, 06:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,642
Posted By TomVal
Ditto...twice in 9 years.

Ditto...twice in 9 years.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-29-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 47,898
Posted By TomVal
Scott, Thank you for your detailed explanation. ...

Scott,

Thank you for your detailed explanation. I decided to forego the screws. Today I wrapped 3 bands of weather stripping on the gear leg. The foam from the weather stripping captures the nose...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-24-2020, 04:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,450
Posted By TomVal
I do "rolling" T&G's in the -12 and fly the...

I do "rolling" T&G's in the -12 and fly the approach, landing, and takeoff, with one notch of flaps. That simplifies the reconfiguration dance for the go and minimizes trim change and unnecessary...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-21-2020, 04:11 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 47,898
Posted By TomVal
I was also concerned about drilling a hole for...

I was also concerned about drilling a hole for those screws. I think I'm going to use some double sided tape to capture the nose strut fairing in place.

Planning to install the new gear this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,184
Posted By TomVal
Since the OP stated that this has only been...

Since the OP stated that this has only been occurring lately perhaps as previously suggested, he may be getting bad fuel.

I've had aircraft based at Carlsbad and Gillespie for years and never once...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-28-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,122
Posted By TomVal
How much wear is there in the lock-pin...

How much wear is there in the lock-pin bushings?

Whoops...the above post beat me to it!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,386
Posted By TomVal
Here is a video on how to build a 2 meter VHF...

Here is a video on how to build a 2 meter VHF antenna.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkmD3Sgz7Q0

You can cut the element lengths for a specific frequency or cut the elements to be in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-18-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,860
Posted By TomVal
If you do this SB pay attention to the handful of...

If you do this SB pay attention to the handful of rivets where rivets pass through the tabs on the rib caps. The tabs must be supported from underneath before driving the rivet shaft through the...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-21-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,053
Posted By TomVal
I recently read an article somewhere that Boeing...

I recently read an article somewhere that Boeing is experimenting with vinyl wrap on the fuselage.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-13-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,238
Posted By TomVal
Excellent video!

Excellent video!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By TomVal
I do recall some posts on another website about...

I do recall some posts on another website about the difficulty in the UK when making modifications to an approved design, requiring engineering studies, etc. If France is the same way, I would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By TomVal
Another great post. Just as I was getting a...

Another great post. Just as I was getting a handle on the international sales dance, then you added an additional twist.

My aircraft is a highly modified EAB, not plans built. This raises...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By TomVal
Thumbs up Thanks Everyone for Your Input

Between your input and a few phone calls I now have a better understanding of the international sales process.

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By TomVal
Rod, Yes, if I follow through with the sale, the...

Rod,

Yes, if I follow through with the sale, the buyer would be doing the above. I'm just trying to educate myself on the process.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By TomVal
Good point Chris. I just got off the phone with...

Good point Chris. I just got off the phone with a shipping company in Lakeland, FL and their services were fairly turnkey, however, I'm in no hurry to sell and still tentative about selling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By TomVal
Thanks Ed! Now to figure out the rest of the...

Thanks Ed! Now to figure out the rest of the dance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By TomVal
Request Input on Sale to International Buyer

I have a buyer from France that is interested in my RV-12. He is part of a very accomplished aviation family to include his brother being a retired French astronaut whom was also a Brigadier General...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,582
Posted By TomVal
Carl, Thanks for the upload!

Carl,

Thanks for the upload!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,582
Posted By TomVal
Jim, Actually my tour in the Tweets was only...

Jim,

Actually my tour in the Tweets was only during pilot training however the birds, sans insignia, were still unpainted. I stole the paint job from later era Tweets flown out of Randolph AFB, TX.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 03:28 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,222
Posted By TomVal
I recently received a very low ball offer on my...

I recently received a very low ball offer on my airplane via email. I just replied, "Good luck in your search."

I've been watching other For Sale websites on the -12 for several months. The market...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 03:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,582
Posted By TomVal
Couldn't get the photo to post. Click the direct...

Couldn't get the photo to post. Click the direct link to open.

Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,582
Posted By TomVal
Cool Photo & Cool Morning Temps

Yesterday I was headed to an EAA Chapter 477 (KRBW-Walterboro, SC) Young Eagles event. They were expecting 30 Boy Scouts. This particular chapter does a fantastic job in organizing these events and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,609
Posted By TomVal
Very pleased with the mod.

Very pleased with the mod.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-29-2019, 03:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,504
Posted By TomVal
Pretty cool system. It would be interesting to...

Pretty cool system. It would be interesting to see the net change in weight and cg to include the recommended propeller.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-24-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,171
Posted By TomVal
The main reason I chose an alternative engine was...

The main reason I chose an alternative engine was to give me additional useful load (572lbs). I have carried 440 pounds in the front seats with full fuel and about 10 pounds for baggage. I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,256
Posted By TomVal
Today I stop drilled and applied two applications...

Today I stop drilled and applied two applications of Weld-On #3 to the crack.

For filling the ⅛" holes, I purchased a 4 oz tube of Weld-On #16. I don't particularly like the applicator tip that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,256
Posted By TomVal
The crack is about 1.5 inches long and started...

The crack is about 1.5 inches long and started about two inches above the trailing edge of the canopy skirt. The crack does not penetrate completely through the Lexan but has an internal void...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,256
Posted By TomVal
I just joined the Lexan Canopy Crack Club...

I just joined the Lexan Canopy Crack Club (LCCC)...having t-shirt made. Good thread!

Talked to mothership and discussed technique and options ($$$). Will attempt fix first.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-07-2019, 05:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,391
Posted By TomVal
The nose wheel pant will fit the new fork. The...

The nose wheel pant will fit the new fork. The SB will direct you to bend the front tip of the re-enforcing bracket a few degrees (I don't remember the exact degree of bend). That will match the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,222
Posted By TomVal
I had two buyer's show up at the same time. I...

I had two buyer's show up at the same time. I previously had given both time slots however buyer 2 showed up a few minutes ahead of buyer 1. Within minutes, buyer 2 said he would take the airplane....
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