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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-16-2022, 04:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 885
Posted By rgmwa
That looks like quite a bit of work to install....

That looks like quite a bit of work to install. Fortunately, it's not an upgrade that my 12 needs (not yet anyway), but all credit to Vans for putting in the hard work to develop the kit. Listed as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2022, 04:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 607
Posted By rgmwa
I don’t have exact figures but typically see...

I don’t have exact figures but typically see 112-115kt true at 5200-5250 at around 2000’. Recommended static rpm as I recall was about 4600rpm which is what I pitched it to.

Edit: I just checked my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 09:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,673
Posted By rgmwa
Fair enough, although I'll leave mine on. It gets...

Fair enough, although I'll leave mine on. It gets checked on every startup, and if the mechanical pump does fail at a critical moment, I want the electric pump already running.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 09:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,673
Posted By rgmwa
I have a switch on mine as well which I find very...

I have a switch on mine as well which I find very handy, but I'm just curious why you turn your pump off in flight. Not criticizing, just wondering if there's a particular reason you turn it off.
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 12:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,788
Posted By rgmwa
I'd guess about the same as an RV14, but with...

I'd guess about the same as an RV14, but with more options.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-05-2022, 06:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,614
Posted By rgmwa
7000’! You must carry extra fuel just to get off...

7000’! You must carry extra fuel just to get off the runway, Rich!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-15-2022, 05:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,461
Posted By rgmwa
Adjusting the heavy right wing would be a good...

Adjusting the heavy right wing would be a good place to start. Mine just mushes along in a stall with the ball centered.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-26-2022, 11:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,496
Posted By rgmwa
The drip tray design was changed to include the...

The drip tray design was changed to include the curved stiffeners shown in the previous post sometime between Rev 1 (11/08/10) and Rev 3 (01/07/14) of the plans. I can't find an SB about it, but I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-26-2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By rgmwa
I understand the wheel pants on an RV-12 add 4-5...

I understand the wheel pants on an RV-12 add 4-5 kts, and the faster RV's see a bigger speed increase. The leg fairings would reduce drag a bit and might add a knot or so, but I think it would be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-25-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By rgmwa
No, but they sure look fast!

No, but they sure look fast!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2022, 11:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By rgmwa
I used RV8 leg fairings from Vans, but the upper...

I used RV8 leg fairings from Vans, but the upper and lower intersection fairings came from RVbits. I'm not sure if an RV8 upper fairing will fit a 12.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-04-2022, 11:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,567
Posted By rgmwa
My older kit also doesn't have the stiffener, but...

My older kit also doesn't have the stiffener, but it has the trim tab. The rudder has been slammed a few times when a gust of wind caught it. There's no damage, so the trim tab may have done more...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 46,541
Posted By rgmwa
Did mine solo today. No cracks fortunately, but...

Did mine solo today. No cracks fortunately, but if you're getting older and stiffer like me, a few yoga sessions might be handy before you try folding yourself into the baggage compartment and then...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-29-2022, 05:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,153
Posted By rgmwa
Three and a half years, 5.000 views, one...

Three and a half years, 5.000 views, one pandemic, and still waiting for Vlad to arrive.:D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2022, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,562
Posted By rgmwa
Old thread, but this just happened to me. Lost...

Old thread, but this just happened to me. Lost the lens from the nav/landing light switch. Haven't found it yet although it should be somewhere in the cockpit.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2022, 08:24 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 46,541
Posted By rgmwa
Did she take it off when you got out?

Did she take it off when you got out?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,442
Posted By rgmwa
How did the plane respond initially, Joe? Any...

How did the plane respond initially, Joe? Any sudden pitch down?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-19-2022, 06:20 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 46,541
Posted By rgmwa
Not a Boeing engineer but as Greg Hughes said,...

Not a Boeing engineer but as Greg Hughes said, the issue is the lack of continuity of the bottom J stiffener either side of the bulkheads which interrupts the load path and also creates a sudden...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-19-2022, 05:56 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 46,541
Posted By rgmwa
We can assume that Vans have done their analysis...

We can assume that Vans have done their analysis on the effectiveness of the clips, and personally I would prefer to install those than have to install and paint an external doubler, which by itself...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-19-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 46,541
Posted By rgmwa
Checked the three bulkhead locations on my tail...

Checked the three bulkhead locations on my tail cone today and they were fine, but I have the SB on order and will install it. It would be interesting to know how many aircraft have experienced these...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-17-2022, 11:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 22,957
Posted By rgmwa
Mine still has the shroud. I didn't bother to...

Mine still has the shroud. I didn't bother to remove it because it was too much work. As I understand it, Vans designed the shroud to replace Rotax's own very expensive one, but eventually found by...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-17-2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 22,957
Posted By rgmwa
Use a good cable-operated hose clamp removal...

Use a good cable-operated hose clamp removal tool. I didn't and it made the job harder, particularly around the back of the engine. I didn't have to remove the manifolds but one hose was tough going.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2022, 09:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,550
Posted By rgmwa
Maybe borrow a different flaring tool and see how...

Maybe borrow a different flaring tool and see how you go?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-12-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,529
Posted By rgmwa
Our airfield has both asphalt and grass runways....

Our airfield has both asphalt and grass runways. No issues taking off and landing on grass.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2022, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By rgmwa
Download...

Download this:https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/5/
Section 5.20 provides all the required torque values in in-lb.

Use...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2022, 07:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,868
Posted By rgmwa
I don't think there's much choice if you're doing...

I don't think there's much choice if you're doing it properly.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,868
Posted By rgmwa
From my experience you need a spanner on the bolt...

From my experience you need a spanner on the bolt to ensure it doesn’t slip when you put a torque wrench on the nut. Unfortunately that means removing the blades.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-28-2022, 12:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,892
Posted By rgmwa
First flight in 2015 and still wondering what to...

First flight in 2015 and still wondering what to do with a bucket full of them.
Forum: Tools 01-17-2022, 04:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,748
Posted By rgmwa
I have 1/4" and 3/8" Norbar torque wrenches. Also...

I have 1/4" and 3/8" Norbar torque wrenches. Also very...
Forum: COMM 01-13-2022, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,891
Posted By rgmwa
Re Q3. FWIW, I installed nut plates during the...

Re Q3. FWIW, I installed nut plates during the build. Pretty sure Joe Gores did it and I just copied his idea.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-12-2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,678
Posted By rgmwa
Not sure if this is retro but I wanted something...

Not sure if this is retro but I wanted something simple:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51816595199_344c8ef172_c_d.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-09-2022, 12:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,466
Posted By rgmwa
Started building in Nov 2021?? Quick work!

Started building in Nov 2021?? Quick work!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-07-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,210
Posted By rgmwa
From memory I think I used it to secure a second...

From memory I think I used it to secure a second wireway that I made to ease the congestion in that area. Those screws were very difficult to install.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,766
Posted By rgmwa
Currently, 23 of the 81 homebuilts on our field...

Currently, 23 of the 81 homebuilts on our field at Serpentine in Western Australia are RV's.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-29-2021, 05:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,599
Posted By rgmwa
... or if you built it yourself. ;)

... or if you built it yourself. ;)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-28-2021, 11:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,599
Posted By rgmwa
Mine does the same. The latch has just enough...

Mine does the same. The latch has just enough play in it to intermittently break the contact and so far adjusting it hasn't permanently fixed the problem. it's just a nuisance, and on the list of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-26-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,274
Posted By rgmwa
Is it pumping fuel?

Is it pumping fuel?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-22-2021, 02:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,531
Posted By rgmwa
I have the standard seats plus stick boots. Two...

I have the standard seats plus stick boots. Two or three flights have been 3.5 hrs with no comfort issues. I’d recommend stick boots to close off the stick opening for safety.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-20-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,810
Posted By rgmwa
Yes, it works but the expander is better. I use a...

Yes, it works but the expander is better. I use a piece of empty silicone sealant tube cut down to fit as a sleeve inside the bushing to prevent the expander from directly contacting the bushing.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-11-2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,604
Posted By rgmwa
Being able to take the wings off easily is a...

Being able to take the wings off easily is a really good feature. Even though I usually only do it at annual, it provides a lot of flexibility for transport, storage or even off-site retrieval,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-11-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,604
Posted By rgmwa
...and probably with no gap seals in place!

...and probably with no gap seals in place!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-03-2021, 02:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,990
Posted By rgmwa
Jack, some kits delivered before mid 2016 had...

Jack, some kits delivered before mid 2016 had soft engine isolators. Yours would be in that group so perhaps worth checking although it may have nothing to do with the noise. ...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-16-2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 47,933
Posted By rgmwa
Looks amazing. Beautiful workmanship.

Looks amazing. Beautiful workmanship.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-24-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Vne
Views: 2,947
Posted By rgmwa
Well just to keep things simple, I'm going to say...

Well just to keep things simple, I'm going to say that Vne for my plane is 136KTAS. If that means that according to the POH, my safety margin increases as I go higher that's a good thing. Then I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-24-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 10
Vne
Views: 2,947
Posted By rgmwa
Yes, but the POH doesn’t make this very clear....

Yes, but the POH doesn’t make this very clear. Also the big step change in the speed limit switching between IAS and TAS at 16,000’ is hard to understand. I’d be interested to know how that’s...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 10
Vne
Views: 2,947
Posted By rgmwa
Perfect, thanks Carl. Should obviously have done...

Perfect, thanks Carl. Should obviously have done a bit more research before asking the question. Perhaps Vans could clarify this a bit better in the POH?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Vne
Views: 2,947
Posted By rgmwa
OK, but since IAS is always less than TAS the...

OK, but since IAS is always less than TAS the first to read 136 kts will be TAS, which the Dynon or Garmin will tell you. If you only have steam gauges and have to rely on IAS, then I assume Vans is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Vne
Views: 2,947
Posted By rgmwa
Vne

The RV-12 POH says Vne is 136 KIAS below 16000 feet. Then it also says Vne is 136kts KTAS. How is this meant to be interpreted? Why have both KIAS and KTAS?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-07-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,783
Posted By rgmwa
Have a look in the Modifications thread. Several...

Have a look in the Modifications thread. Several options there for aux tanks. I enlarged my fuel tank (RV-12 Classic) to take 25 gal.
Forum: COMM 09-07-2021, 03:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,332
Posted By rgmwa
I had a very similar problem that dogged me for...

I had a very similar problem that dogged me for about 4 years. Thought I had found the culprit several times but it always came back. It turned out to be poor grounding of the antenna coax in the BNC...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,270
Posted By rgmwa
The RV-12 is not aerobatic. (+4, -2g).

The RV-12 is not aerobatic. (+4, -2g).
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-13-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,086
Posted By rgmwa
This may be useful. I used it when I did...

This may be useful. I used it when I did mine.
https://www.airplanecolor.com/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-14-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,867
Posted By rgmwa
There’s no good place for fuel in a plane that’s...

There’s no good place for fuel in a plane that’s about to crash. The rear cabin is arguably one of the better protected areas in the aircraft, so I didn’t have any particular concerns with having the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-17-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,132
Posted By rgmwa
I have a legacy RV12 so a second screen was...

I have a legacy RV12 so a second screen was marginal in terms of electrical capacity. I installed some backup steam gauges instead which I've never needed yet, but they look nice and may be useful...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2021, 11:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,842
Posted By rgmwa
I'm not criticizing Rich, just curious. Whatever...

I'm not criticizing Rich, just curious. Whatever works for you is fine by me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,842
Posted By rgmwa
I'm one of those builders who installed a fuel...

I'm one of those builders who installed a fuel pump switch. I understand why Vans chose not to make it part of the kit, but I find it very handy to be able to easily turn the pump on or off for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 04:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,744
Posted By rgmwa
After getting headset and sunglasses sorted,...

After getting headset and sunglasses sorted, canopy closed and securely strapped in you reach in your pocket for the keys and remember they’re still on the bench in the hangar.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-02-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 25,839
Posted By rgmwa
I use the expander inside a length of plastic...

I use the expander inside a length of plastic silicone sealant tube to protect the bushings. Slit the tube lengthways and cut it down to the right diameter.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2021, 02:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,027
Posted By rgmwa
Check aircraftspecialty.com. Their replacement...

Check aircraftspecialty.com. Their replacement hose kit ordering instructions has some good information on fuel hoses that might help.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,673
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks John. I ordered my hoses in Feb 2020 but...

Thanks John. I ordered my hoses in Feb 2020 but didn't install them until late last year during the annual, so maybe I do have the larger restrictor. It's such a hard place to get spanners into that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2021, 10:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,476
Posted By rgmwa
Wasn't that what happened and why the astronauts...

Wasn't that what happened and why the astronauts were worried?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,673
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Jack. It's a good excuse to go flying,...

Thanks Jack. It's a good excuse to go flying, although I don't put too much trust in the fuel flow reading anyway. I'm more interested in how much is left in the tank. Wonder why we apparently got...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-08-2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,673
Posted By rgmwa
The original is a brass fitting on the end of the...

The original is a brass fitting on the end of the return fuel hose. It attaches to the AN fitting located on the flat portion of the firewall directly behind the engine. The TS/AS restrictor is a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-08-2021, 04:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,673
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Jack. That's very interesting. The TS...

Thanks Jack. That's very interesting. The TS Flightlines/Aircraft Specialty hoses are excellent, but if the restrictor is slightly different to the original it must have some effect. Presumably...
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