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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-28-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 797
Posted By DHeal
Are tappet/pushrod/rocker arm clearances (dry...

Are tappet/pushrod/rocker arm clearances (dry lash) within spec?
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-26-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By DHeal
For mail-order oil, I have been using:...

For mail-order oil, I have been using: www.airplaneoil.com
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-02-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 452
Posted By DHeal
New ROTAX SI re: Purging

FYI -- Recently issued ROTAX Service Instruction re: Purging of Lubrication System for ROTAX® Engine Type 916 i (Series), 915 i (Series), 912 i (Series), 912 and 914...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-19-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 870
Posted By DHeal
One of the ignition switches on my RV-12 (w/...

One of the ignition switches on my RV-12 (w/ 912-ULS) went intermittent on me and I replaced it with a new one from Van's. Check out this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,113
Posted By DHeal
During air show displays I typically install a...

During air show displays I typically install a pitot tube cover (a strip of brightly-colored cloth with a big knot in the middle of it that slips over the pitot tube) and a brightly-colored cloth...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 606
Posted By DHeal
To seal-up the ends of the foot steps, I used the...

To seal-up the ends of the foot steps, I used the following plastic end-plugs:

-- Hillman Round Cap Plugs (Black) 3/4"

I found these plugs at LOWE's. Granted, they are not "bullet-shaped" so you...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-13-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,630
Posted By DHeal
I have always wondered about that myself. My...

I have always wondered about that myself. My thought is that the angle might help to unfasten/decouple the belt connectors while under load (e.g., like when inverted)??? Curious minds want to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 11:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,434
Posted By DHeal
I found the Cleaveland Main Squeeze...

I found the Cleaveland Main Squeeze (https://www.cleavelandtool.com/collections/squeezers-and-yokes/products/main-squeeze-kit-schkitw) to be extremely useful during my RV-12 build. Its pricey but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,115
Posted By DHeal
Always check wiring and connections first -- its...

Always check wiring and connections first -- its the simplest and cheapest way to trouble-shoot. Wiggling the suspect wire/connection and watching for any instrument reading change is often a useful...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,201
Posted By DHeal
I humbly suggest that you make sure that your...

I humbly suggest that you make sure that your water pump is leaking -- it appears to be a big invasive job to reseal the water pump. Check all coolant lines and fittings for possible leaks. Some...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,255
Posted By DHeal
Many airports require a certain minimum level of...

Many airports require a certain minimum level of liability coverage if you base your aircraft at the airport.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 742
Posted By DHeal
FYI -- New ROTAX Fluids Guidance

Just issued revised Rotax Service Instruction - Operating Fluids:

https://legacy.rotaxowner.com/si_tb_info/serviceinfo/si-912-016-r12.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 658
Posted By DHeal
Also, the cable system for the rudder does not...

Also, the cable system for the rudder does not have any tension or return springs -- the pilot's feet on the rudder pedals keeps the cables sufficiently taut. It could be that if the pilot's feet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,031
Posted By DHeal
Gallagher Folks -- Thank you for your continuing...

Gallagher Folks --

Thank you for your continuing informative posts. A question for you: It is my understanding that a Named Pilot and/or a qualified Open Pilot are not necessarily fully covered by...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-17-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 862
Posted By DHeal
If you have the original-style Lexan rear window...

If you have the original-style Lexan rear window be extra careful that you do not allow any solvents or harsh cleaning chemicals near the raw cut edge of the Lexan -- crazing may result.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-10-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,525
Posted By DHeal
I used to use DC-4 but think it gets a bit gummy...

I used to use DC-4 but think it gets a bit gummy after awhile and makes the bowl tougher to remove. Now I just smear a touch of grease around the inside of the bowl housing and all is well.

ps --...
Forum: California 04-09-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 597
Posted By DHeal
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is immediately adjacent to...

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is immediately adjacent to CCR's SE side and offers a big transient tiedown area. I haven't visited there in a couple of years but it still should be available -- what with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,566
Posted By DHeal
Perhaps it is some form of "fire resistant"...

Perhaps it is some form of "fire resistant" chemical treatment for the rug/fabric?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,525
Posted By DHeal
Whether you carry hull or not might influence...

Whether you carry hull or not might influence your thinking during that emergency approach and landing -- just sayin'.....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 978
Posted By DHeal
As a data point: My eight original Rotax OEM...

As a data point: My eight original Rotax OEM exhaust springs have lasted for over 1,000 hours and appear to be still going strong (I know, I just jinxed myself). Don't know if its a factor but I ran...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 978
Posted By DHeal
I do not recall if it was mentioned in my plans...

I do not recall if it was mentioned in my plans (several years ago now), but it is fairly common and prudent to safety wire the springs in some suitable manner -- the safety wire serves to keep a...
Forum: ADS-B 04-05-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,548
Posted By DHeal
On occasion I will see a "double image" of one...

On occasion I will see a "double image" of one target on my Skyview Classic screen. Sometimes the image is of my aircraft and sometimes the image is of another aircraft. It is my understanding that...
Forum: California 04-02-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,677
Posted By DHeal
Always call ahead and check if still open and...

Always call ahead and check if still open and hours. Here are a few more:

Red Bluff on-field, Watts-Woodland adjacent golf course, Lampson on-field, Ukiah easy walk to three restaurants, Sacramento...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 898
Posted By DHeal
Another little Rotax 912 tidbit is that it's...

Another little Rotax 912 tidbit is that it's total engine displacement is approximately equal to the displacement of one Lycoming O-320/O-360 cylinder:

Rotax 912 engine = 82.5 cu. in.
Lyc O-320= @...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,732
Posted By DHeal
"Curious what the potential downsides/risks...

"Curious what the potential downsides/risks are?"

Likely it will not happen but if the spark plug ferrule works loose it could be ingested into the engine -- $$$$. Also, I wonder if any residual...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,732
Posted By DHeal
Those yellow EGT connectors are...

Those yellow EGT connectors are at:

https://www.omega.com/en-us/search/?text=SMPW-CC-K-M
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,162
Posted By DHeal
Seems you have an RV-12 -- not an RV-12iS. Below...

Seems you have an RV-12 -- not an RV-12iS. Below is the plan sheet (KAI Section 53) for the original -470 ADSB unit as installed in an RV-12. The -472 unit basically replaces the superseded -470...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,138
Posted By DHeal
As Seagull suggested, hook up a multimeter to...

As Seagull suggested, hook up a multimeter to look for any devices or circuits stealing current when the Master is OFF. If there is some "dark current" flowing, disconnect (e.g., remove fuse, etc.)...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-12-2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,870
Posted By DHeal
I understand that some of the major ROTAX parts...

I understand that some of the major ROTAX parts suppliers have the specialized tools available for rent. In some cases, you can also build up your own tools. Much discussion and videos of this on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-12-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 774
Posted By DHeal
If it is an older fuselage kit, be sure you have...

If it is an older fuselage kit, be sure you have complied with SB 14-12-06 before the tail cone is permanently installed -- much easier access now.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-08-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,583
Posted By DHeal
Have you checked these Van's documents: SI...

Have you checked these Van's documents: SI 19-09-23 and N 18-07-12 at: https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/?aircraft=rv-12&doctype=all
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 10:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,083
Posted By DHeal
Here you...

Here you go:

https://www.vansaircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RV-12_32.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-24-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,000
Posted By DHeal
If your rear window is Lexan it is very important...

If your rear window is Lexan it is very important to carefully follow Van's installation instructions if you want to avoid fuel-related crazing issues -- usually caused by mogas containing ethanol. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,000
Posted By DHeal
Is your rear window Lexan or plexiglas?

Is your rear window Lexan or plexiglas?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,402
Posted By DHeal
FAA/ICAO code for the RV-12 is: ...

FAA/ICAO code for the RV-12 is: RV12

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/Order_7360.1D_Aircraft_Type_Designators_FINAL.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-12-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,864
Posted By DHeal
I like the highly scenic/rugged coastal route if...

I like the highly scenic/rugged coastal route if there is no coastal fog to deal with. Also, the coastal route offers generally favorable winds from the NW if you are flying south-bound. The...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,741
Posted By DHeal
As a taller pilot you may want to consider using...

As a taller pilot you may want to consider using an "in-the-ear" headset as opposed to the more typical "over-the-ear" style of headset. This will give you an inch or so more head clearance under the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,453
Posted By DHeal
In addition to the above-noted courses you can...

In addition to the above-noted courses you can learn a lot about the ROTAX 912 ULS by reading the various ROTAX factory manuals...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,096
Posted By DHeal
Much of this potential confusion would disappear...

Much of this potential confusion would disappear if the OPers would clearly identify the model (e.g., -ULS versus -iS, Dynon versus Garmin, etc.) of RV-12 they are referring to. Either put this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 866
Posted By DHeal
Kelly -- There are three brands of oil drain...

Kelly --

There are three brands of oil drain valves that I am aware of being used on 912 engines: Curtis, Saf-Air, and Fumoto -- GOOGLE "aircraft oil drain valves" for info. I use a Curtis valve...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-07-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,260
Posted By DHeal
I changed out one of the two ignition switches on...

I changed out one of the two ignition switches on my RV-12 -- it was easy to do. The ignition switches (and perhaps the Master switch?) just plug into their respective bases in the module. The key...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-03-2021, 12:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,212
Posted By DHeal
My first thought is: Heavy carb floats. Pull...

My first thought is: Heavy carb floats. Pull them out, weigh them, and check for compliance with Rotax/Van's SB. You might also see a dab or two of partially evaporated fuel under the tip of the...
Forum: RV-14 01-03-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,069
Posted By DHeal
How about using a lifting platform? Roll the...

How about using a lifting platform? Roll the aircraft on to a square low-profile metal frame (devise a suitable chocking arrangement), attach the four overhead cables to the frame's four corners and...
Forum: RV-14 12-24-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,869
Posted By DHeal
I have been using nickel anti-seize...

I have been using nickel anti-seize (https://www.permatex.com/products/lubricants/specialty-lubricants-anti-seize/permatex-nickel-anti-seize-lubricant/?locale=en) both for initial assembly and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-05-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 70,309
Posted By DHeal
JFCRV12 -- If you have the thin OEM cork float...

JFCRV12 --
If you have the thin OEM cork float bowl gaskets I suggest that you throw them out and not reuse them -- IMHO they are whimpy and somewhat difficult to install. I have had consistent...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-04-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By DHeal
I found the 912 carbs to be very basic and easy...

I found the 912 carbs to be very basic and easy to work on. There is a ton of factory information and videos regarding the carbs on the Rotax-Owner's site. YouTube also has numerous videos...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-04-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 70,309
Posted By DHeal
Jack, see: ...

Jack, see: https://legacy.rotaxowner.com/si_tb_info/serviceb/sb-912-074ul.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-03-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,313
Posted By DHeal
I used the same as BobY above -- worked very...

I used the same as BobY above -- worked very well. Put a cheap moving blanket or rug on top of the table to avoid scratching the aluminum. Keep it all simple -- nothing fancy is required -- the wing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-25-2020, 04:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,577
Posted By DHeal
I doubt it is dieseling -- it sounds more like an...

I doubt it is dieseling -- it sounds more like an electrical issue. As I recall (it's been a while back), I replaced my ignition switch by removing the ignition/starter switch panel while sitting in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-24-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,577
Posted By DHeal
My RV-12 experienced an intermittent internal...

My RV-12 experienced an intermittent internal failure of one of the panel-mounted ignition switches. It is a relatively easy fix with a new switch being available from Van's.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,775
Posted By DHeal
It all depends on how you define the...

It all depends on how you define the actions/parts required for a "200-hour Inspection". If you are careful it is possible to not disturb the sync settings. If you want to physically remove the carb...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,775
Posted By DHeal
I have found it easier to loosen and remove each...

I have found it easier to loosen and remove each carb from its rubber socket and tilt the carb upward to remove the carb bowl. For the right-side carb you will likely have to remove the air filter...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-16-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
Posted By DHeal
I also used a piece of extra hinge pin to actuate...

I also used a piece of extra hinge pin to actuate the right-side vent door from afar. I ran the hinge pin from a hole in the arm (90 degree bend) through a plastic-bushed hole in the right wall...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-11-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,304
Posted By DHeal
It sounds like you are acquiring this RV-12is...

It sounds like you are acquiring this RV-12is already built and were not the builder. Is your RV-12is an SLSA, ELSA, or EAB? Do you have the basic mechanical skills and interest to perform most or...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-09-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,841
Posted By DHeal
Utility knife for end cuts and serrated steak...

Utility knife for end cuts and serrated steak knife for radial cuts -- hack saw blades tend to create bits and pieces of filter material which can complicate your visual assessment of debris. Pliers...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-06-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,798
Posted By DHeal
Have you checked that the ignition trigger coil...

Have you checked that the ignition trigger coil gaps are per spec? See Section 4 of:
https://www.rotax-owner.com/manuals/MMH_912-914_Series_ED1_R6.pdf

Also see Step 2 of: ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,152
Posted By DHeal
It's been about 8 years since I assembled the...

It's been about 8 years since I assembled the cowling for my RV-12 so the details are a touch hazy. One thing I do recall was the suggestion that I fully reinstall the top and bottom cowlings before...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,018
Posted By DHeal
Snake some safety wire through the stick, attach...

Snake some safety wire through the stick, attach end of safety wire to end of PTT wire, and pull safety wire back out. OR Tie some monofilament fishing line to a small cotton ball and vacuum or...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,406
Posted By DHeal
It should be kept in mind that the Skyview's...

It should be kept in mind that the Skyview's Glide Ring is based upon the aircraft's estimated AGL directly beneath the aircraft. Dynon's Ops Manual does not say if this AGL value is based upon the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,497
Posted By DHeal
Per FAR 91: (c) Transponder-on operation. While...

Per FAR 91:

(c) Transponder-on operation. While in the airspace as specified in paragraph (b) of this section or in all controlled airspace, each person operating an aircraft equipped with an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,796
Posted By DHeal
Here is the latest DWG 46-A -- your older 7A may...

Here is the latest DWG 46-A -- your older 7A may vary somewhat:

https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/page-46a/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,514
Posted By DHeal
Be careful that you don't inadvertently shut off...

Be careful that you don't inadvertently shut off BOTH ignitions at the same time and then quickly turn one or both ignitions back on without first adjusting the throttle to a low-power setting --...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,406
Posted By DHeal
In setting up the D-1000's simulated GS per the...

In setting up the D-1000's simulated GS per the Dynon Manual keep in mind that there are two simulated GS positional settings that can be pre-programmed -- one setting establishes the desired...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-11-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,578
Posted By DHeal
My original-style nose wheel pant is slanted...

My original-style nose wheel pant is slanted somewhat tail downward on the new-style nose strut/fork combination. I think that the top of the new-style nose gear fork is not angled the same as the...
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