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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-11-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By PilotBrent
I experienced something similar & transient a few...

I experienced something similar & transient a few years back with my RV-12 as well. Lower fuel pressure readings (mostly in the yellow) when descending from altitude (>5,000) and usually on a longer...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-31-2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,578
Posted By PilotBrent
S-LSA is very similar to a certified aircraft. ...

S-LSA is very similar to a certified aircraft. It was built by the manufacturer and to remain airworthy you much adhere to the ongoing manufacturer's directions for maintenance. Upgrades or changes...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-24-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,079
Posted By PilotBrent
Dynon D3 Pocket Panel

Installed one of these as a backup. Battery powered, has proven to be reliable & under $900.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,079
Posted By PilotBrent
I installed a GPS175 in my RV-12 earlier this...

I installed a GPS175 in my RV-12 earlier this year (E-LSA which was flying for many years). Agree with Joe above, just contact Stein (or other reputable supplier) and have them build the wiring...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-17-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,480
Posted By PilotBrent
Cudos to Van's for making the sig. investment of...

Cudos to Van's for making the sig. investment of time to develop and test this optional SB. After reading through 19 pages, I won't be taking it on, but I'll definitely remind myself on short final...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-08-2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,643
Posted By PilotBrent
Paul, when your friend sorts out the ground...

Paul, when your friend sorts out the ground issue, you really need to post here more often. RV12 guys are really a friendly bunch ;)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-03-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 704
Posted By PilotBrent
Tom must be a guy who usually provides...

Tom must be a guy who usually provides measurements down to 5 digits of precision...:D
Forum: Midwest 07-31-2022, 10:37 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 33,382
Posted By PilotBrent
PIREP

Every year the Thursday AM departure is a traffic jam. Stayed until Friday this year partly due to the spectacular KOSH weather. Barely had time to do a run up...barely stopped taxiing from HBC all...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-31-2022, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,871
Posted By PilotBrent
No experience with them, but I've just about had...

No experience with them, but I've just about had it with spade connectors (which Van's provides us and are evidently "approved" for aircraft applications). Have had way too many problems with them...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-30-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By PilotBrent
Similar to above, I ran the extension cable into...

Similar to above, I ran the extension cable into the glove compartment and keep the USB thumb drive in there, out of the way (no wires hanging out of the avionics shelf)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-19-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,163
Posted By PilotBrent
These debates about continuous running of the...

These debates about continuous running of the Facet pump vs. shutting its down are more passionate than abortion and Jan 6th discussions... but I digress. I've added a switch on the panel to shut...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-18-2022, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,258
Posted By PilotBrent
Good advise, especially for the Oshkosh crowd.

Good advise, especially for the Oshkosh crowd.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-11-2022, 07:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 883
Posted By PilotBrent
First thing I'd do would be a complete aircraft...

First thing I'd do would be a complete aircraft inspection. Check torques on every single bolt/nut. Was the aircraft thoroughly inspected by the DAR 20 hours ago or was it a "paper" process?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2022, 05:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,439
Posted By PilotBrent
Jezzzz. How fast were you going? Slow down man!

Jezzzz. How fast were you going? Slow down man!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,730
Posted By PilotBrent
With a decent headwind and my homemade AOA...

With a decent headwind and my homemade AOA beeping away, I'd likely land my RV-12 short of going overboard a carrier :D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-22-2022, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By PilotBrent
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52164655187_1d...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52164655187_1d363c5443_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ntBuAF)IMG_1730 (https://flic.kr/p/2ntBuAF) by Brent Connelly (https://www.flickr.com/photos/194618293@N08/), on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-22-2022, 06:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By PilotBrent
These mods are very worthwhile to do. As for the...

These mods are very worthwhile to do.

As for the canopy popping open as a potential cause of fatalities??? Aerodynamics are barely affected. If there are accidents and potential fatalities, it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 478
Posted By PilotBrent
My unit was limited to 3G as well and I was...

My unit was limited to 3G as well and I was getting warning emails that as of early July, SpeedTalkMobile the service I was using, is going to discontinue it. I just upgraded my hardware to the one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,771
Posted By PilotBrent
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52162607257_5f...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52162607257_5f44d7881d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ntqZPx)IMG_1286 (https://flic.kr/p/2ntqZPx) by Brent Connelly (https://www.flickr.com/photos/194618293@N08/), on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2022, 07:21 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
Glad you mentioned that. I had two rivets with...

Glad you mentioned that. I had two rivets with the same issue (out of a relatively small number for this SB) Thought it was just a black cloud day for me. Been a few years, but I very rarely had...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,816
Posted By PilotBrent
Single pilot, half tanks & cold day, I find it...

Single pilot, half tanks & cold day, I find it almost impossible to get a stall break at all.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-15-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 965
Posted By PilotBrent
I've seen this.

I experienced occasional intermittent fuel pressure drops, typically when descending from higher than usual altitudes (ie. pulling back on the throttle) and often when flying over or near water...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-08-2022, 06:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,439
Posted By PilotBrent
You made swapping out a fan worth watching Rob. ...

You made swapping out a fan worth watching Rob. Well done. B.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-08-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,024
Posted By PilotBrent
Good news for you. More often than not, its...

Good news for you. More often than not, its wiring and sensors rather than something "really" going wrong with a 912.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,634
Posted By PilotBrent
Good reminder. I frankly don't look too closely...

Good reminder. I frankly don't look too closely at the drip pans since they are non-structural and didn't assume were under any real stress. Clearly vibration is unforgiving. Will certainly take a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,969
Posted By PilotBrent
Seems like a good excuse to fly, ... would be...

Seems like a good excuse to fly, ... would be shame to let all that good fuel to to waste!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,439
Posted By PilotBrent
Rob, I suspect on a 2011 RV-12, that 5amp fuse...

Rob, I suspect on a 2011 RV-12, that 5amp fuse just supplies the rear facet fuel pump and these cooling fans. Could always tap into the Pwr Outlet 5amp fuse to be safe for "MAGA fans" I guess.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By PilotBrent
While I get ribbing from pilots in my...

While I get ribbing from pilots in my neighborhood about my RV-12 cruise speed, I typically remind them of my fuel burn and clean aircraft belly. Do respect experimenting with things like this, but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,261
Posted By PilotBrent
Agreed, but seems backwards to install an ILS/Nav...

Agreed, but seems backwards to install an ILS/Nav Radio these days when just adding a certified GPS source adds so many more approaches. Garmin 175 unit was most cost effective (& capable) path...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2022, 07:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,261
Posted By PilotBrent
Had to look twice to confirm it was still an...

Had to look twice to confirm it was still an RV-12. Not knocking it at all, but thats a lot of avionics for that Rotax to pull. Very nice.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-19-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,453
Posted By PilotBrent
Me too. And what builder doesn't like a fix that...

Me too. And what builder doesn't like a fix that requires a dab of JB Weld.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2022, 12:03 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
I agree with your speculation. Some aircraft...

I agree with your speculation. Some aircraft seem to have cracks every time a SB is issued to look for them. Others, never. Some builders are obsessive in deburring, filing, sanding etc... every...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
Something tells me, most of your builders are <...

Something tells me, most of your builders are < 200lbs .... evidently one of the major challenges RV-12 owners are dealing with in the US is either going on a crash diet, or finding a talented &...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2022, 06:59 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
I agree with the sentiment, that most of these...

I agree with the sentiment, that most of these SBs seem to address issues I haven't seen myself. However, several of them in recent years are in places I frankly don't manage to inspect very closely...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,386
Posted By PilotBrent
Haven't seen that done. Beyond installing wheel...

Haven't seen that done. Beyond installing wheel pants have seen some install custom transitions between them and gear leg and gear leg and fuselage. Claim some benefit. Pop rivets on the entire...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2022, 08:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By PilotBrent
Follow the KAI, proven the safest pathway to a...

Follow the KAI, proven the safest pathway to a good nights sleep.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2022, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,569
Posted By PilotBrent
Concur with this. During my initial flight...

Concur with this. During my initial flight testing, there may be need to lower or raise the flapperons to achieve level flight/ball centered etc... if you are detecting a heavy wing. I found at the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,895
Posted By PilotBrent
Certainly don't disagree with that, however, in...

Certainly don't disagree with that, however, in the real world many of us have sourced replacement aluminum fuel tubing to "reconstruct" various components we messed up the first time. (I'm much...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-04-2022, 05:58 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
Hanger Alligators hiding in there ?

Hanger Alligators hiding in there ?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2022, 07:34 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
Going to ask my Urologist if he can get me a...

Going to ask my Urologist if he can get me a discount.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-24-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,806
Posted By PilotBrent
I had a passenger close and "apparently" latch my...

I had a passenger close and "apparently" latch my RV12 canopy over six years ago. We flew for about 45min, at this point over Lake Michigan, when it suddenly popped open while we were climbing. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
Will buy a beer at Oshkosh for the first guy who...

Will buy a beer at Oshkosh for the first guy who posts accurate measurements of the various plywood/foam rectangles for this SB. (sure would like to cut them out in advance of crawling in there...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-19-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
according to Vans, it only takes 2.4 hours. ;)

according to Vans, it only takes 2.4 hours. ;)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-18-2022, 01:48 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 48,834
Posted By PilotBrent
Interesting the SB says to... remove the seats...

Interesting the SB says to... remove the seats and baggage bulkhead to gain access....just didn't mention that pesky fuel tank most of us have in the way?!!

Oh well, says this whole job only takes...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-15-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,239
Posted By PilotBrent
Canít tell you the number of times that I thought...

Canít tell you the number of times that I thought I had a more serious problem, but found in the end it was something simple like a connection or loose wire. Congrats
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,363
Posted By PilotBrent
There are several other threads on here...

There are several other threads on here addressing flying IFR / weather etc...in an LSA. It basically depends on what your operating limitations say...most E-LSA limitations will allow it so long as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 906
Posted By PilotBrent
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?...

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=201718

Apparently a shared part with other kits. Still seems odd to me that the KIA had us install them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,480
Posted By PilotBrent
Only cold weather starting issue I've had with...

Only cold weather starting issue I've had with the ULS is when the dumb pilot is so cold he skips over the pre-start checklist too fast and forgets to switch on the two ignition switches. Engine...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-27-2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 70,893
Posted By PilotBrent
Bottom skin is damaged which I think is one large...

Bottom skin is damaged which I think is one large piece. Maybe rebuilding the entire fuselage section is more straightforward way to go. Might be easier than trying to match some of the new with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,334
Posted By PilotBrent
Will be looking out for this Rob. Interested in...

Will be looking out for this Rob. Interested in similar setup.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2022, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,257
Posted By PilotBrent
I had also understood that S-LSA aircraft cannot...

I had also understood that S-LSA aircraft cannot fly in actual IMC weather under IFR, as ASTM had inserted that limitation in their rules which govern those aircraft. They can train as an IFR...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,257
Posted By PilotBrent
I did not add a heated pitot tube, so I am/will...

I did not add a heated pitot tube, so I am/will not fly anywhere close to freezing conditions in IMC. Have seen others add a heated Dynon pitot tube on the RV12 wing as an option. Haven't gone down...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,257
Posted By PilotBrent
One should check their E-LSA operating...

One should check their E-LSA operating limitations assigned to their aircraft. Mine allow it, but I've heard of different situations.

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(11) After completion of phase I flight testing,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2022, 07:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,257
Posted By PilotBrent
That's correct. DPE asks that both precision and...

That's correct. DPE asks that both precision and non-precision approaches be demonstrated. So you effectively need an ILS capable panel for the check ride as that would be the only way to perform a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-24-2022, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,257
Posted By PilotBrent
GPS 175 was the most cost effective option I...

GPS 175 was the most cost effective option I found to upgrade the RV-12 for IFR legal approaches. Maybe switching out the radio for one with VOR capability could technically be done for less, but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-19-2022, 06:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,389
Posted By PilotBrent
Great to hear you finally have some success. Our...

Great to hear you finally have some success. Our aircraft are evolving into computer networks that are moved around with a couple of wings. Software engineers will be (arguably are) more valuable...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-17-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,647
Posted By PilotBrent
Candidly, relying on the fuel flow to accurately...

Candidly, relying on the fuel flow to accurately track fuel consumption in an RV-12 with a continuous fuel return loop is a fools errand in my opinion. Measure actual fuel added to tank and divide...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-23-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,408
Posted By PilotBrent
Good question. Dynon D3 battery backup attitude...

Good question. Dynon D3 battery backup attitude ind. Sometimes takes a few min to locate satellites. B.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-23-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,408
Posted By PilotBrent
Talking First Nighttime Flight over NYC - Merry Christmas Everyone!

https://youtu.be/MDGNk_rkKIg

Not exactly a long trip (~1 hour 15min) but a spectacular view of Manhattan at night a few days before Christmas 2021.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-16-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,371
Posted By PilotBrent
I had a pitot static inspection done this week. ...

I had a pitot static inspection done this week. The logbook sticker they gave me said it was valid to 20,000 feet. I told the guy its a non-turbo 100HP rotax, I wouldn't pay for anything above...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-16-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 428
Views: 408,067
Posted By PilotBrent
RV-12 N3942A Enters the Fleet.

https://vansairforce.net/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=19731&stc=1&d=1639673849

Congratulations to Mike Rose, Doylestown PA, who recently flew his RV-12 for the very first time and has been...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-06-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,472
Posted By PilotBrent
What are these nutplates for again?

https://flic.kr/p/2mP7bA7
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https://flic.kr/p/2mP8sA3
Forum: Canada 11-22-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 905
Posted By PilotBrent
CANPASS status.....

Would appreciate someone with knowledge to update me on what is happening or planned with CANPASS. During Covid last 1 1/2 yrs clearly things were different. But, as the border is gradually opening...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-29-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,235
Posted By PilotBrent
I'd also remove the rubber collar and inspect the...

I'd also remove the rubber collar and inspect the inner surface. On one of my annuals, I found the rubber has partially deteriorated where in contact with fuel. Easy, cheap to replace with newer...
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