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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-04-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,909
Posted By MacPara
And then I got this one this morning: Well,...

And then I got this one this morning:



Well, "originally" this was supposed to ship at the end of December. I am starting to lose my patience with these guys.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-03-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,909
Posted By MacPara
Ha! I received that very same note it seems.

Ha! I received that very same note it seems.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,974
Posted By MacPara
Yeah, that's what I've done. Ran a ground wire to...

Yeah, that's what I've done. Ran a ground wire to the plate the sensor is mounted on. I will check the wire. I am pretty sure this has to be it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,974
Posted By MacPara
Well, yeah! It's like freezing 45F in the...

Well, yeah! It's like freezing 45F in the mornings down here. It's killin' me!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,974
Posted By MacPara
Fuel Level Sensor Issue

I've searched the forum but could not find this being reported before, so maybe this is something no one else has seen yet.

While completing my annual I noticed vanishing fuel in my tank - at least...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,993
Posted By MacPara
How about meeting at Coolidge(P08) breakfast this...

How about meeting at Coolidge(P08) breakfast this Saturday? I know at least of two RV-12 that will be out there and one is mine. :-)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,909
Posted By MacPara
So it's been a while since I ordered the sensors...

So it's been a while since I ordered the sensors from ETB and from the Estonian guys through ebay all on Dec. 15th and I thought I 'd give you an update as ETB had delivered on Dec. 30th, 2 weeks...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-22-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 23,567
Posted By MacPara
When the topic was hot a while ago in a different...

When the topic was hot a while ago in a different thread, I remember posting some links of shops that ship to the US. One was in the UK, I think. The search tool should be able to find this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-21-2017, 02:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,993
Posted By MacPara
I'm a bit late to this ... I am actually flying...

I'm a bit late to this ... I am actually flying out of Marana and we have 3 additional RV-12s out here. I personally love flying to San Carlos Apache (P13) as the airport (they now have AvGas and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-21-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 23,567
Posted By MacPara
Seems I'm a bit late to the party. If you're...

Seems I'm a bit late to the party. If you're still looking for a replacement for the Duc VR:
http://torstensrv-12.blogspot.com/2015/03/replaced-ducati-regulator.html

There's the whole story of my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-19-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,909
Posted By MacPara
Yeah, I saw that too. I did order with them but...

Yeah, I saw that too. I did order with them but did not want to advertise it yet as I am not sure what it is that I am going to get and WHEN. I'll post an update when I had a chance to verify it is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-15-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,909
Posted By MacPara
Rotax oil/water temperature sensors

It took me a few days to collect the following information, so I thought someone might be interested to read this at some point and save some time....

My oil temps started fluctuating in flight...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-15-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 36,828
Posted By MacPara
I don't think this is the solution. My VR failed...

I don't think this is the solution. My VR failed and was installed with heat-conductive grease as I thought the firewall would help to cool the VR. As others have noted, the FW gets very hot itself...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-10-2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,802
Posted By MacPara
RAM Engines, South Carolina - any pi-reps?

Looking for help to convert a EJ257 Subaru engine into an aircraft engine I came across http://www.ramengines.com/. They used to be located in Ohio and moved to SC around 2010.
Has anyone heard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,987
Posted By MacPara
I actually built a 12 and am thinking about...

I actually built a 12 and am thinking about building a 7 next, so just the opposite way of what has started this thread.
The way for me to put the skins on and other larger structures was to first...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-24-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,053
Posted By MacPara
In this rare case I did not locate the wire by...

In this rare case I did not locate the wire by pin number on a plug but by tracing it in the tunnel. It was pretty simple with mine as it was a distinctive, stiff red wire, thicker than all the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-22-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,556
Posted By MacPara
Beautiful! Now I would love to see what is...

Beautiful! Now I would love to see what is underneath that cowling! There's a UL Power engine hiding?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-21-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,556
Posted By MacPara
Would love to see that cowling. As I am not a...

Would love to see that cowling. As I am not a member of Stanford University these pictures do unfortunately not show up though ....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 29,196
Posted By MacPara
Hm, when I ordered mine 2 years ago it seemed the...

Hm, when I ordered mine 2 years ago it seemed the F4112 was the drop-in replacement for the Duc VR with spades. Now, I see on their website that the drop-in replacement is the F4118, still showing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 29,196
Posted By MacPara
Yeah, you would think heat is the main reason....

Yeah, you would think heat is the main reason. For what it's worth, my Duc VR died at around 87 hours and I found the temperature sticker on it never exceeded 160-170F. That's the maximum it should...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 25,327
Posted By MacPara
Dito. Mine just reached a 100 hours, too. Here's...

Dito. Mine just reached a 100 hours, too. Here's (http://torstensrv-12.blogspot.com/2015/03/replaced-ducati-regulator.html) a write-up of my installation and the slight changes about the cooling that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2017, 12:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 23,083
Posted By MacPara
I've noticed that. Fortunately, we Experimentals...

I've noticed that. Fortunately, we Experimentals can write, change and amend our own POH, so I'm not worried yet.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-18-2017, 12:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 23,083
Posted By MacPara
This is an older thread but its content just...

This is an older thread but its content just became current for me, so I thought I'd update the community on the latest development.
I was just in the same position as Rich, as I was getting ready...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-28-2016, 02:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,773
Posted By MacPara
If you are still in the area on Saturday, 12/3,...

If you are still in the area on Saturday, 12/3, try to fetch a ride to Coolidge, P08. This is traditionally a well-attended breakfast fly-in with lots of homebuilts showing up. I know of at least 2...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-28-2016, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,278
Posted By MacPara
How much work where two builders are required?

Hi guys,

I have completed an RV-12 a while back and am now contemplating building a better (faster) travel machine. In deciding whether to go with a QB or a traditional kit, I am wondering how much...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-17-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,801
Posted By MacPara
I flew in on Friday and had to circle West of...

I flew in on Friday and had to circle West of Coolidge for a few minutes to get a word in with ATC. It just happened that a bunch of planes had arrived at the San Tan checkpoint before me. Really not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-24-2016, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,194
Posted By MacPara
I don't think it's on the switch panel. There is...

I don't think it's on the switch panel. There is really only heavy duty stuff on that doesn't just burn up without blowing a fuse. My guess is that the black box which contains the electronic to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-19-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 14,671
Posted By MacPara
Fatal Accident in Maryland

Sad news, guys. A rented RV-12 had an accident at Bay Bridge Airport today.
http://www.wbaltv.com/news/small-plane-crashes-near-bay-bridge-airport/39106106
Details unknown, cause undetermined. FAA...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-18-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,578
Posted By MacPara
I think we've discussed tape wrapping the exhaust...

I think we've discussed tape wrapping the exhaust when trying to fix the oil temperature problems some of us living in hotter areas were seeing. This was also caused from radiated heat from the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,504
Posted By MacPara
A hex nut socket and a vise worked well for...

A hex nut socket and a vise worked well for opening the longerons. It should be a fairly sturdy vise if you go that route as there is rumor that at least one Ohioan has broken a vise doing this ;-)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,078
Posted By MacPara
A look back into the early days of my blog...

A look back into the early days of my blog revealed that I needed 184 hours to complete the empennage kit including interior priming....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-16-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,025
Posted By MacPara
I live in Southern Arizona and see similar issues...

I live in Southern Arizona and see similar issues when restarting the engine in the summer after sitting on the hot tarmac for any length of time.
What I do to help it a little is to run the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-13-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,030
Posted By MacPara
I think there was a swap of PTT wires with the...

I think there was a swap of PTT wires with the conversion harness but I believe this had been reported here early on. I remember trying this while mine was still in boat state and I did have to swap...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,989
Posted By MacPara
You are right of course. I think I misread the...

You are right of course. I think I misread the original post and assumed that the connection was at the engine when it clearly says "traced the wiring from the sensor UP...".
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,989
Posted By MacPara
The EGT sensors do not connect with spade...

The EGT sensors do not connect with spade connectors to the engine. The sensors for the EGTs are the ones that go through a small hole in the exhaust pipes and are held in there with a worm clamp....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 32,667
Posted By MacPara
The flanges are available at Aircraft Spruce...

The flanges are available at Aircraft Spruce (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/ductflanges.php).
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 32,667
Posted By MacPara
Here...

Here (http://torstensrv-12.blogspot.com/2015/03/replaced-ducati-regulator.html) is the report of my Silent-Hektik installation.

All went well and it works great. Charges at 2+ Amps after startup at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,742
Posted By MacPara
Forget the wire loop. Just look at those...

Forget the wire loop. Just look at those beautiful CS4 rivets all around! Did you do that on the wings too? This will look even greater when painted! Kudos!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 32,667
Posted By MacPara
Joe, what did you do inside the radiator duct?...

Joe, what did you do inside the radiator duct? Did you let the tube stick out a bit and cut it off in a 45 degree angle to direct air into the tube? Or did you just rely on the pressure inside the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,265
Posted By MacPara
I had to figure this out by myself as, at the...

I had to figure this out by myself as, at the time I installed a Moeller Gauge, there were no instructions provided by Van's, so take this for what it is.
I tried two ways of sealing it. The first...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,426
Posted By MacPara
I don't remember a thread about this but I did do...

I don't remember a thread about this but I did do all my ground testing with the battery charger running when the SV was on. My charger is nothing but a 13.8V high-current power supply, so no trickle...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-19-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 94,754
Posted By MacPara
I TALKED to them and they told me that they do...

I TALKED to them and they told me that they do not ship outside of the EU at this point. If you all email them and beg, they might see a market worth the effort to deal with customs for but, please,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-10-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 94,754
Posted By MacPara
I checked with those guys and they told me that...

I checked with those guys and they told me that currently they do not ship outside of the EU. I suppose customs regulations are too much for them to bother with.
I like that the device is a drop-in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,324
Posted By MacPara
I think your memory served you right this time...

I think your memory served you right this time :). I remember having issues in getting the rear bulkhead done with the 3" yoke. It was borderline and as I had no experience with a bucking bar, I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 24,607
Posted By MacPara
I assume this is the avionics bay cover. I'd use...

I assume this is the avionics bay cover. I'd use a sharp (new) hobby knife or a razor blade to slowly cut towards the cover skin. That way there might be enough sealant left on the firewall flange...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-14-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,822
Posted By MacPara
That would be before engine start. Running the...

That would be before engine start. Running the electric pump only I think I get slightly above 2psi. With the engine running at cruise and the electric pump off I read 4.4 psi with a full tank which...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,824
Posted By MacPara
Installing the avionics (if it works and you are...

Installing the avionics (if it works and you are not chasing bugs) should take you about a week (next to regular daytime work), so it really is the subkit with the least amount of work. The engine...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-06-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,639
Posted By MacPara
Did you pull out the fuse for the fuel pump? The...

Did you pull out the fuse for the fuel pump? The fans and the pump are on the same circuit.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-05-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,917
Posted By MacPara
I had this oscillation issue too while others...

I had this oscillation issue too while others reported good performance. I tried tuning it a bit but didn't get it satisfactory. Eventually I looked at my values and compared them to the published...
Forum: ADS-B 01-05-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 23,960
Posted By MacPara
I also thought that the WX overlay was not that...

I also thought that the WX overlay was not that useful in Southern AZ until I flew from TUS via PAN to GCN last fall. 30nm south of PAN I saw a nasty thunderstorm front north of PAN that was...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-05-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,453
Posted By MacPara
Sorry to hear that, Mauritz. I can imagine how...

Sorry to hear that, Mauritz. I can imagine how unnerving that must have been for you.During the summer in Tucson we easily reach 100degF and more and I have not experienced any issues during...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-23-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 24,607
Posted By MacPara
I admit it took me a while. Even longer than I...

I admit it took me a while. Even longer than I had anticipated but, honestly, there is really not much need for water-proofing anything down here.

I finally installed the VWS 100 on top of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-23-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 31,351
Posted By MacPara
The FH series from Shindengen are shunts. They...

The FH series from Shindengen are shunts. They have just come out with their first series regulator which is the SH775 and they have two more (more powerful) versions in development. The SH775 is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-19-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 31,351
Posted By MacPara
I decided against using the FH020 for now because...

I decided against using the FH020 for now because among the "minor changes" they were quoting was a temperature control. This control is supposed to avoid overheating and will shut the regulator off...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-19-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 31,351
Posted By MacPara
I had heard about the failure rate of the Ducati...

I had heard about the failure rate of the Ducati regulator in the RV-12 configuration early on and researched this quite a while back. It seems that it is worse in the RV-12 than in other Rotax...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-13-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 293
Views: 85,141
Posted By MacPara
I am replying to my own post to clarify something...

I am replying to my own post to clarify something about the headset power wires WH-P600 and P601. The one thing that I didn't check back when I posted about them was *when* they would actually be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-05-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,900
Posted By MacPara
To me (and I have experienced weird electrical...

To me (and I have experienced weird electrical problems with SkyView before) this seems to be another one of those bus errors that are caused by at least on failing device being on the bus and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-04-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,716
Posted By MacPara
I feel your pain, Randy! Been there, done...

I feel your pain, Randy! Been there, done that.
Very glad to hear that you finally nailed it down and have a working system now!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-24-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,196
Posted By MacPara
You might find it hard to do with a string that...

You might find it hard to do with a string that snags as some of the tubes are rather rough on the inside. Experiment with a few different types if you run into that problem. Fishing line sounds like...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-24-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,209
Posted By MacPara
Tony, I haven't had a washer with the fiber...

Tony, I haven't had a washer with the fiber insert but I can confirm that I did have an issue with the crush washer leaking after removing the OEM one and replacing it with another one at the 25-hour...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-17-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,922
Posted By MacPara
Dito on my fit. I did take care though when I...

Dito on my fit. I did take care though when I painted the handle to tape off the area that would go into the blocks and I also applied a thin film of grease on them before sliding them in.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,406
Posted By MacPara
You're welcome, Marcus! Always good to hear that...

You're welcome, Marcus! Always good to hear that my writings helped someone!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,518
Posted By MacPara
Yeah, I confirm this too. Prepping, cleaning and...

Yeah, I confirm this too. Prepping, cleaning and priming all interior surfaces was about a third of my build time. Would I do it again? In Arizona, probably not, maybe just overlapping/touching...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-31-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,819
Posted By MacPara
Without looking at mine I think that I did not...

Without looking at mine I think that I did not have an AN365 in that place. If I remember correctly (and that is a BIG caveat), mine had metal locknuts called out which are much smaller than the...
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