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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-26-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,911
Posted By DonFromTX
From someone in their mid eighties: That all...

From someone in their mid eighties: That all sounds easy but has some problems. I recently had to give it all up, sold my planes and hangar after 50 years of being a safe pilot. I flew a lot of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-18-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,539
Posted By DonFromTX
I had seen the need for a lift during my build...

I had seen the need for a lift during my build and decided a conversion of a Harbor Freight lift would work fine. To my surprise, it is so easy to use the new owner even uses it for a quick easy...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-21-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 999
Posted By DonFromTX
SLSA Condition Inspection

I am doing my very first ever SLSA condition inspection (I am an A&P)and have some questions. Previous log book entries claim all ADs were researched and complied with, the aircraft was found to be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2020, 10:46 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 330,114
Posted By DonFromTX
That spinner is well worth the money. I have...

That spinner is well worth the money. I have closeups of it running - TOTALLY aligned, no wobble or movement, the way they all should be made I feel.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 330,114
Posted By DonFromTX
https://i.postimg.cc/BQXZgn9B/cowling29.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/BQXZgn9B/cowling29.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-02-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 330,114
Posted By DonFromTX
I have not personally flown it yet, my test pilot...

I have not personally flown it yet, my test pilot only has one other RV12 to compare it with. He claims he can detect the fact that it is a bit heavier, but prefers it to the ELSA one I have.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-01-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 330,114
Posted By DonFromTX
Air Force 1 First Flight!

https://i.postimg.cc/xTN1T88y/af11.jpghttp://https://postimg.cc/RN9BgMcNIt was a long time coming, but sn 461 first flew today as N461DG.
After an hour of flying with no squawks, came back home for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,476
Posted By DonFromTX
Wing removal works quite easily actually, quick...

Wing removal works quite easily actually, quick disconnects on the fuel and vent lines. Draining the tanks makes them much more easy to handle than when they are full of course.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,347
Posted By DonFromTX
Go for the touch regardless of the price. I have...

Go for the touch regardless of the price. I have flown the D180, normal Skyview, and the touch. Well worth the difference!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-07-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,619
Posted By DonFromTX
Your comment came as I was making up an ad to...

Your comment came as I was making up an ad to sell mine, N756TS! It is an ELSA, built and continuously owned by an A&P, times around 150 hrs, Skyview, wheel pants etc. We are offering paint (is is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-07-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,969
Posted By DonFromTX
Good advice Jum. I did another path, the VA gave...

Good advice Jum. I did another path, the VA gave me a set of Starkey aids (many thousands of dollars) and then I went shopping for headsets. I found the top of the line Bose worked wonderfully with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,569
Posted By DonFromTX
Cost to paint a RV 12

I have not been paying any attention for a few years now, what is the going rate for painting an RV 12? Has anyone got any quotes lately they would share?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 48,365
Posted By DonFromTX
For what it is worth, as an elderly A&P who does...

For what it is worth, as an elderly A&P who does condition inspections yet but only on Vans products, as well as owning two of them, you can rest assured that Vans does not forget you after the sale,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-29-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 48,365
Posted By DonFromTX
Greg I want to thank you for your detailed easy...

Greg I want to thank you for your detailed easy to follow explanation for the service bulletin. I am sure others will agree with me and are thankful to you as well. Sure makes a bitter pill much...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-29-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 48,365
Posted By DonFromTX
It would seem simple for an owner to drill some...

It would seem simple for an owner to drill some holes and slip a short pipe inside the original leg and weld a bit thru the holes. I wonder why we did not get a simple fix like that?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,927
Posted By DonFromTX
Kyle that sounds like an effect I have been...

Kyle that sounds like an effect I have been trying to duplicate, do you have any photos of that to share?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,927
Posted By DonFromTX
I used the common Lowes type textured paint, it...

I used the common Lowes type textured paint, it looks great but the light colors soil really bad. Maybe a clear coat over it would help, not sure.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By DonFromTX
Change of owners and Phase 1

Question: I got my AW cert and the phase 1 area and instructions. I then sold the plane prior to any flying. Is there anything needed for the new owner, or does he just comply with the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-30-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,122
Posted By DonFromTX
I saw that too Larry, good going Ron, you are...

I saw that too Larry, good going Ron, you are ALMOST as slow as I getting one built and in the air!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-20-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,632
Posted By DonFromTX
Not intended to encourage thread drift, but other...

Not intended to encourage thread drift, but other factors start working against older pilots as well. I found with the newer BFR rules, a CFI feels he is really going out on a limb to sign off on a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-19-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,632
Posted By DonFromTX
OK, so my eyes are not so good anymore, but I can...

OK, so my eyes are not so good anymore, but I can still see the ground!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-18-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,632
Posted By DonFromTX
Not necessarily a qualified perspective Dick, as...

Not necessarily a qualified perspective Dick, as you know I have been lying for 50 years, never even a parking ticket, and at 82 I found insurance priced beyond all reason, and mostly not even...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-15-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,476
Posted By DonFromTX
Certainly the jury is still out on damaged...

Certainly the jury is still out on damaged components. I was not clear, the binding in the side to side stick movement totally disappeared when the parts were engaged as intended. It APPEARS that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-15-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,476
Posted By DonFromTX
I forgot to add: When building this plane, I had...

I forgot to add: When building this plane, I had installed and removed the wings probably a half dozen times at least by myself, and never had any problems with them sliding right into position at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-15-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,476
Posted By DonFromTX
Until I actually saw it Scott, I would have...

Until I actually saw it Scott, I would have strongly agreed with you. The person that installed the wings did admit to using some (minor) force to get the main pins in. Fortunately my other RV 12...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-14-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,476
Posted By DonFromTX
Installing Wings on an RV12

I have not been following this board much lately, so if this has been covered forgive me. Another thing to look out for:
My Air Force 1 has not yet flown, had been in storage for a while with a new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,218
Posted By DonFromTX
The accomplishments of course deserve to be...

The accomplishments of course deserve to be bragged about, but to me the beauty of that paint job on your plane has stuck with me. What a beauty!!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,120
Posted By DonFromTX
Another thing to consider, my frame was a long...

Another thing to consider, my frame was a long ways from a fit to the fuselage, took LOTS of bending and forming to match the rest of the plane. Using the old frame, especially if not damaged, might...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,096
Posted By DonFromTX
Leah, would you or Shanna shed some light on this...

Leah, would you or Shanna shed some light on this subject (and I don't care how old you are either)? Obviously from this thread there are lots of opinions, and at 81 many of my flying friends are at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,096
Posted By DonFromTX
I found out quick and painfully, when my 80th...

I found out quick and painfully, when my 80th birthday came - so did a triple cost of the policy! I felt as competent to fly as I was the day BEFORE I turned 80, but made no difference.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,777
Posted By DonFromTX
Someone gave me the stock answer for the "Oh it...

Someone gave me the stock answer for the "Oh it is just a kit" comment..
I would explain that it is a kit, like going to Home Depot with a big truck and buying a "house kit". Seemed to put in better...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
I did not mean to indicate that the charge was...

I did not mean to indicate that the charge was excessive at all.
I am aware of the huge costs of LODA insurance.
I meant only to suggest that there is unfortunately a financial incentive to not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
I am flying on my drivers license, cannot fly a...

I am flying on my drivers license, cannot fly a C150.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
You are absolutely correct, I was not careful...

You are absolutely correct, I was not careful with my use of words. The deception was very good for him, lots of riding around making $180 per hour watching the scenery fly by.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
A LODA is a Letter of Deviation Authority granted...

A LODA is a Letter of Deviation Authority granted by the FAA for an Experimental Aircraft owner to give flight instruction in his aircraft. I did not realize that the LODA does NOT allow the use of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
First off to those that took offense, that was...

First off to those that took offense, that was never intended. I actually admire any CFI, training someone to fly is a noble calling, one I could never do. Having been a pilot for 50 years I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
I appreciate your comments, thanks for sharing. I...

I appreciate your comments, thanks for sharing.
I have read and reread everything the FAA prints about flight reviews. The problem I seem to have is that in trying to recoup the costs of insurance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
thanks for the kind comments folks, sympathy is...

thanks for the kind comments folks, sympathy is appreciated. I knew all my life I would either get too old to fly or die first, so I can live with that, unwillingly of course.
It would have been a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 20,158
Posted By DonFromTX
Sine I started this thread, thought I would do a...

Sine I started this thread, thought I would do a followup, long sad story. I had completed over 17 hours of refresher training, but got a fancy sidestep answer whenever I asked for the promised (in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-16-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,834
Posted By DonFromTX
Another point for a buyer, if you feel that the...

Another point for a buyer, if you feel that the ELSA is "better" because it was built strictly according to a standard, think again. The day AFTER the ELSA certificate, most any changes you might...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-14-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,914
Posted By DonFromTX
I used to carry two Dahon folders in my Cherokee...

I used to carry two Dahon folders in my Cherokee for years. A while back in one of these discussions, it seemed that a Dahon Vitesse 7 speed internal transmission was a great choice. I bought one,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,843
Posted By DonFromTX
I wish I had known of this system and used it...

I wish I had known of this system and used it during the build, highly recommended. When doing it you THINK you can recall it all, but when you turn 81 you cannot. Also, the next owner will thank...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,770
Posted By DonFromTX
I would actually be offended if someone offered...

I would actually be offended if someone offered me compensation for my visit to their project. Have never even heard of that happening.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,872
Posted By DonFromTX
No mater what you do - don't get old! I turn 81...

No mater what you do - don't get old!
I turn 81 next month and insurance companies all decided to hate me for it. I never had a claim in over 50 years of flying.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,987
Posted By DonFromTX
When I put them on mine, I would claim to those...

When I put them on mine, I would claim to those asking they added 12 knots at least, mostly to watch closely at their composure and expression.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 34,223
Posted By DonFromTX
That must be a change. When I upgraded mine a...

That must be a change. When I upgraded mine a year or so ago, I had to buy the entire hub and send my blades to them for whatever they done.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-29-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,810
Posted By DonFromTX
Thanks, but I bought one long ago, just did not...

Thanks, but I bought one long ago, just did not get around to building a box for it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-28-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,383
Posted By DonFromTX
I vote for NOT attaching them yet! I did, but...

I vote for NOT attaching them yet! I did, but there were LOTS of times I regretted it, for instance when you could turn the fuse up on its side for easy access, but had to do it the hard way because...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-27-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,810
Posted By DonFromTX
thanks John, that was exactly what I was looking...

thanks John, that was exactly what I was looking for!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,464
Posted By DonFromTX
I did mine of the 12 I built, but the one I...

I did mine of the 12 I built, but the one I bought had the "Viking Shield" I had heard bad things about it, but it actually looked better and was lighter than the one I made. Sure makes it quick...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,810
Posted By DonFromTX
Thanks Joe, I have the modified saw horses as...

Thanks Joe, I have the modified saw horses as well, work great. In looking for a way to do it myself, and lift all wheels at once, this sure seems sweet. Just have to carefully figure out how to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,039
Posted By DonFromTX
I would like to point out that there is no...

I would like to point out that there is no dictionary definition of a prebuy! Sure someone like Vic will give you a really good one, but the next A&P might look thru the crack in the doors, count...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,810
Posted By DonFromTX
Hydraulic Lift for RV12

A year or so ago it seems, someone posted modifying a Harbor Freight motorcycle/ATV lift to lift en entire RV12. I bought the lift, but cannot find the thread that described how to modify it for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,239
Posted By DonFromTX
You might be right there, had not thought about...

You might be right there, had not thought about it much actually.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,239
Posted By DonFromTX
I have, often on auto and tractor engines. The...

I have, often on auto and tractor engines. The open valve face tends to pick up some oxidation, which allows for some leakage. I have never pulled a Rotax head but would suspect the same there. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,452
Posted By DonFromTX
No, have sold it. The great photos and the...

No, have sold it. The great photos and the narrative was all provided by Bob Bogash.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,239
Posted By DonFromTX
Even following all the previous tips, it took...

Even following all the previous tips, it took FOREVER for mine to gurgle after sitting for some months. I think that the valves don't seal quite as good after sitting, and therefore the crankcase...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,452
Posted By DonFromTX
How to Get Your New RV12 Home

That was a big problem I had, and was rescued right here on VAF! I thought many would probably like to share the adventure of getting one home, enjoy!....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,795
Posted By DonFromTX
There exists no requirement for log books, I...

There exists no requirement for log books, I assume what you are missing is some proof that it was amateur built, which can be in many different forms.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,945
Posted By DonFromTX
OK, I think I have it now. If you are getting...

OK, I think I have it now. If you are getting some transition training from a LODA guy and need a BFR, you should probably give him a birthday present of say $100, then when asking about a BFR,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,945
Posted By DonFromTX
Interesting. To make a discussion, the words...

Interesting. To make a discussion, the words "for transition training only" certainly does not infer to me that you could not use your plane for pleasure or sightseeing or personal travel - or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,945
Posted By DonFromTX
This struck me as odd, not being able to give a...

This struck me as odd, not being able to give a BFR in your plane.
I recently sent for a copy of a LODA for someone I knew, and found NO REFERENCE whatever to a BFR requirement nor any prohibition...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2018, 06:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,325
Posted By DonFromTX
They somehow knew he was still at pattern...

They somehow knew he was still at pattern altitude when he turned base, I supposed that info was from his data log.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,640
Posted By DonFromTX
Understanding Rates

OK, this is confusing but first of all I wanted to make it clear that Gallagher and especially Shanna are not guilty of any wrongdoing, the confusion existed because of two different insurance...
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