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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By RFSchaller
Make sure you have a good story made up for the...

Make sure you have a good story made up for the NTSB if thereís an issue!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,040
Posted By RFSchaller
I fly off a 7000í concrete runway. I carry 65...

I fly off a 7000í concrete runway. I carry 65 KIAS and one notch of flaps on final and bleed it off after the flair. It gives a bumpless squeaker every time. I save 55 KIAS finals for shorter runways.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Posted By RFSchaller
Does the prop turn through freely when you pull...

Does the prop turn through freely when you pull it through? If not the starter might be pulling locked rotor current.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2022, 09:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,040
Posted By RFSchaller
I donít know about you guys, but on final 99% of...

I donít know about you guys, but on final 99% of my eyeball capacity is out the canopy. Not pondering the fate of the universe and what the EFIS shows for Xwind!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-01-2022, 08:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By RFSchaller
H Evan, I sympathize. My wife has never been in...

H Evan,

I sympathize. My wife has never been in my 12 after 10 years due to balance issues and a bad knee. The Cherokee we have is still accessible to her. Fortunately I donít have such problems...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-01-2022, 08:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,040
Posted By RFSchaller
When I first started to fly my 12 I was surprised...

When I first started to fly my 12 I was surprised how well it glides compared to my Cherokee 180, and I needed to slip a lot. I have learned two things about the 12. One pull your power early, and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-28-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,025
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a legacy D180 avionics suite. I have...

I have a legacy D180 avionics suite. I have noticed that if static occurs switching the ICS to pilot isolate kills it. Since I usually enjoy the social distancing of flying alone it is an easy...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-28-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,579
Posted By RFSchaller
Has Vans suggested any shops?

Has Vans suggested any shops?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2022, 11:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,213
Posted By RFSchaller
I have flown one aircraft that had AOA. Nice but ...

I have flown one aircraft that had AOA. Nice but never considered it vital. My stall warning in my 12 died a few years ago, and I never bothered to fix it. The only time I ever had a near stall in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-20-2022, 09:34 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 42,101
Posted By RFSchaller
I havenít done this SB yet, so the answer to this...

I havenít done this SB yet, so the answer to this question might be obvious when I do it, but would it be easier to put squeezed rivets on some of the clip locations?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-19-2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 949
Posted By RFSchaller
Bob, I know the feeling. When I installed the...

Bob,

I know the feeling. When I installed the FreeFlight ADS-B in my 12 eight years ago I think I checked the connections at least 5 times before the ďsmoke testĒ. At least it paid off since it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 844
Posted By RFSchaller
Sounds like you got a guy who does not deal with...

Sounds like you got a guy who does not deal with ELSA on a routine basis. My RV12 was one of the first the Scottsdale FSDO certified 10 years ago. I recall my DAR had several clarification...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-15-2022, 09:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,056
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís been 10 years since I got mine licensed, but...

Itís been 10 years since I got mine licensed, but I recall the document package or PAPs saying send a completed copy to Vans.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,060
Posted By RFSchaller
I remove the tie down ring, install a 3/8Ē bolt...

I remove the tie down ring, install a 3/8Ē bolt and use a tall hydraulic hack. I took a 2Ē piece of Aluminum round stock and bored a cup on each end. One end fits over the Jack piston and the other...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you checked the manufacturer website? Some...

Have you checked the manufacturer website? Some have spec sheets with cutaway drawings. Maybe not this one, but a quick google search might resolve your concerns.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-03-2022, 09:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 886
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had one pressure sensor fail and one bad...

I have had one pressure sensor fail and one bad connection. I would try reterminating all connections since your indication seems erratic. I now have a bench spare sensor from the second event...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-29-2022, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 548
Posted By RFSchaller
Wag Aero and Aircraft Spruce used to sell...

Wag Aero and Aircraft Spruce used to sell plexiglass vents that could be attached to the canopy. It obviously requires cutting about a 2Ē diameter hole in the canopy which can be a crapshoot as far...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-29-2022, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 776
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím surprised by the number of guys who donít get...

Iím surprised by the number of guys who donít get even tire wear. I always expected to see some unevenness with the way the plane sits on the wheels, but mine have always been nice and even. Iím...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-27-2022, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By RFSchaller
The replacement parts were a bit pricey at$30+ so...

The replacement parts were a bit pricey at$30+ so Iíll probably rivet a doubler on to the other drip pan (as a preventive measure) at the next annual and save a bit.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 08:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,504
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a really long annual this year with many...

I had a really long annual this year with many SBs to catch up on and a number of mods I came up with. The whole thing took me 8 weeks working about 8 hours a week. I had about 14 gallons sitting in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 08:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By RFSchaller
Drip Pan Failed

Today I was doing a routine engine inspection after flying 5 hours since my annual. My left drip pan for the carburetor had failed due to fatigue failure. The crack was at the 90 degree bend at the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-22-2022, 10:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,671
Posted By RFSchaller
Talk to a welder about a weld overlay with filler...

Talk to a welder about a weld overlay with filler as opposed to just trying to fuse the crack. That way youíll add some structure and avoid the issue of contaminants in the crack weakening the weld.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2022, 05:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,780
Posted By RFSchaller
I used to own a Yak-52. The first year I had it...

I used to own a Yak-52. The first year I had it (1992) the hull and liability was $2,000. After a year with no issues I dropped the hull coverage and kept liability coverage for $300. A financial...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,905
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, Iíve been offline and just saw your...

Jim,

Iíve been offline and just saw your question about my climb temperatures. I usually get to about 2500-3000 feet before I level off, throttle back to 4800 RPM to cooldown back to the top of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2022, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 957
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you tried a right angle drill attachment?...

Have you tried a right angle drill attachment? The aviation ones are pretty small with threaded bits so no chuck.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2022, 09:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,905
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, I flew yesterday in 95F Phoenix. On climb...

Jim,

I flew yesterday in 95F Phoenix. On climb out I hit about 245F oil temp which dropped to 230F in cruise with an OAT of 78F at altitude. This is about a 10F improvement after I trimmed 2 1/2Ē...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By RFSchaller
Never mind. Just followed your link. The Vans...

Never mind. Just followed your link. The Vans website says donít update beyond 5.5.0 unless they update their recommended version. Can anybody shed light on the new versus old software version and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2022, 09:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By RFSchaller
Karl, Vans website shows the latest software...

Karl,

Vans website shows the latest software version as 5.5.0. Not sure where the version number you cited comes from. Can you provide more info? I want to be sure mine is the latest and greatest...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2022, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, As I recall the last D-180 Dynon software...

Jim,

As I recall the last D-180 Dynon software release was around 2013, and it unlocked all the Vans specified set points. That may have nothing to do with the issue you describe, but you might want...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By RFSchaller
Ed, if that small amount bothers you donít ever...

Ed, if that small amount bothers you donít ever buy a radial engine! I used to own a Yak-52. Part of the preflight was to pull the prop through to ensure oil had not settled in the lower cylinders...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2022, 09:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,046
Posted By RFSchaller
I hate to jinx myself, but I had my carbs...

I hate to jinx myself, but I had my carbs overhauled at 500 hours and kept the floats as spares. Now at about 1200 TT the second set is fine. You guys must have displeased the Thunder Gods!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By RFSchaller
How bad is the oil film? I get a little, but no...

How bad is the oil film? I get a little, but no drops or goo.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-03-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 843
Posted By RFSchaller
If you changed brake pads they need conditioning...

If you changed brake pads they need conditioning to be effective. Do several fast taxis to just less than liftoff speed and apply hard braking to a stop. Three runs should remove the glaze on the new...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-03-2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 623
Posted By RFSchaller
Just send in your warranty registration. Mine sat...

Just send in your warranty registration. Mine sat for two months before installation.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-02-2022, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,873
Posted By RFSchaller
Eric, mine looks virtually identical to yours. A...

Eric, mine looks virtually identical to yours. A very useful thing to have at hand.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-02-2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,237
Posted By RFSchaller
Canned milk! Man, that must be some NASTY tasting...

Canned milk! Man, that must be some NASTY tasting milk!😁
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-29-2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,873
Posted By RFSchaller
I wouldnít say you wonít use them again. SBís...

I wouldnít say you wonít use them again. SBís derail the best laid plans of mice and men. I found out in 2012 when the landing gear attachment mod came out.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-28-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,258
Posted By RFSchaller
I pull my exhaust every 5 years when I do the...

I pull my exhaust every 5 years when I do the hose replacement. I cut off the old springs with a moto-tool because they seem to harden from the heat up/cooldown cycles. I use Spark plug anti-seize...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-28-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,873
Posted By RFSchaller
I built mine from wood and put wheels on it so I...

I built mine from wood and put wheels on it so I can get the wings out of the way when I pull them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2022, 09:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,171
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, Check your PMs. Rich

Jim,

Check your PMs.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,171
Posted By RFSchaller
Bob, The lower cowling is attached to a support...

Bob,

The lower cowling is attached to a support plate with screws. That plate pretty muc closes the slot. I ended up trimming about 2Ē from the lower cowling aft edge to increase engine cooling....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2022, 08:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,699
Posted By RFSchaller
I put a VOR/LOC/GS unit in my 12. I wanted to be...

I put a VOR/LOC/GS unit in my 12. I wanted to be able to do my six month proficiency holds and approaches in the 12. Mine is an ELSA. HEREís a weird wrinkle. The FAA says the safety pilot has to have...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-20-2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,124
Posted By RFSchaller
For a VFR check there is no need to simulate...

For a VFR check there is no need to simulate altitudes with a pressure/vacuum source. Does he really need an IFR cert?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2022, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 901
Posted By RFSchaller
When I put my pins in the first time they were a...

When I put my pins in the first time they were a bear to install. A thin film of grease worked wonders.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-16-2022, 09:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,671
Posted By RFSchaller
Checked mine today. No crack! Maybe the Thunder...

Checked mine today. No crack! Maybe the Thunder gods are displeased with you, Jim!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-15-2022, 11:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 997
Posted By RFSchaller
If it is an electrolytic capacitor it has...

If it is an electrolytic capacitor it has polarity. Connecting it in reverse polarity will cause it to fail.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2022, 09:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By RFSchaller
A few years ago I had a west coast shop do the...

A few years ago I had a west coast shop do the 500 hr overhaul of my carbs. They swapped Right to Left resulting in an engine that would not start. After much troubleshooting I figured it out and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,671
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, Thanks for posting. Iím in annual now and...

Jim,

Thanks for posting. Iím in annual now and will take a close look tomorrow. Iíll post my results (about 1250 hrs total).

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-13-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,255
Posted By RFSchaller
I use a similar slotted tube, but aluminum. I...

I use a similar slotted tube, but aluminum. I also made 1/8Ē cable lanyard with a caribiner at one end and a key ring at the other to parent blowing forward. I installed an AN eyebolt in the crash...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-12-2022, 11:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,105
Posted By RFSchaller
I wrapped my muffler in insulation. Itís a thin...

I wrapped my muffler in insulation. Itís a thin exhaust wraps I bought on Amazon. I know ROTAX advises against this, but in Phoenix summer I have to do something or Iíll be overheating on climb out.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-10-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,105
Posted By RFSchaller
Steve, Thanks for posting. I checked my banjo...

Steve,

Thanks for posting. I checked my banjo fitting today, and I did indeed install it upside down. Canít believe I missed that. I know what Iíll be doing tomorrow.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-10-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,105
Posted By RFSchaller
Seagull, My apologies. I didnít mean to be mean....

Seagull,
My apologies. I didnít mean to be mean. Iím a little overwhelmed by all the stuff Iím doing this annual.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-09-2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,105
Posted By RFSchaller
Steve, I bought my oil hoses a year ago, and the...

Steve,

I bought my oil hoses a year ago, and the banjo fitting is straight which causes my interference. So I rotated the hose about 20-30 degrees off centerline which allowed use.

Jim,

I guess we...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-08-2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,105
Posted By RFSchaller
Just finished my coolant hose 5-year change out...

Just finished my coolant hose 5-year change out with silicone hoses. The thicker wall of the silicone hoses makes them tough to use because clearance is tight with the shroud on top of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2022, 09:31 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 42,101
Posted By RFSchaller
Sounds like it is more work than the SB process,...

Sounds like it is more work than the SB process, Bob.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,105
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, I asked the question about the O-rings at...

Jim,

I asked the question about the O-rings at the ROTAX course, and the instructor said he just examines them with a magnifying glass for scratches and flattening. If they look OK he reuses them....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2022, 09:16 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 42,101
Posted By RFSchaller
Scott, Donít get me wrong. I think Vans is a...

Scott,

Donít get me wrong. I think Vans is a class act, and having built three other home builts I can say none of them comes anywhere close to the support Vans gives its builders. My frustration...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-29-2022, 09:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,105
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím doing the hose replacement now. You have to...

Iím doing the hose replacement now. You have to lift the intake manifold each annual to get an Allen wrench on the engine mounting bolts to check torque. That makes it much easier. Itís a lot simpler...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-29-2022, 09:24 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 42,101
Posted By RFSchaller
I have been installing SBs for 10 years now. I...

I have been installing SBs for 10 years now. I would say over 3/4 of them are fixing problems I donít have when my airframe time is well above the aircraft that caused Vans to issue the SB. I have to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-28-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,398
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks for the reply. I will add EGT and CHT to...

Thanks for the reply. I will add EGT and CHT to my grey matter as a possible indicator of heavy floats. If memory serves me the coil fires plugs on opposite sides of the engine while the carbs (if...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2022, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 957
Posted By RFSchaller
There was a bad hangar fire at my airport several...

There was a bad hangar fire at my airport several years ago due to a battery charger that was left on an automotive battery. Probably a fluke accident, but I never leave anything on charge unattended...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2022, 10:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,398
Posted By RFSchaller
John, Iím curious as to why you think magnetos...

John,

Iím curious as to why you think magnetos would identify a bad carb on Lycoming or Continental. Weíre you thinking of using the ignition switch to identify bad plugs? Shut off one ignition at a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2022, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
Posted By RFSchaller
Five fuel stops! Must have been a great tailwind!

Five fuel stops! Must have been a great tailwind!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2022, 09:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,398
Posted By RFSchaller
When you ask what if only one carburetor is...

When you ask what if only one carburetor is operating you need to think about what the failure mechanism is on the bad one. For example if the air filter was blocked on one side I would expect it to...
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