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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-05-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 854
Posted By DHeal
You can also use a length of safety wire to pull...

You can also use a length of safety wire to pull the replacement nutplate into position for CS blind riveting.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,399
Posted By DHeal
…. or instant glue washers in place.

…. or instant glue washers in place.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-27-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,611
Posted By DHeal
Could be overflow spillage during refueling, worn...

Could be overflow spillage during refueling, worn or damaged rubber connector hose, or loose hose clamps. My first step would be to clean up the leak area, snug up the hose clamps a bit, and then...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-16-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,924
Posted By DHeal
I use the wing tiedown points and a homemade...

I use the wing tiedown points and a homemade tripod jack for the main wheels. I use a light-duty come-along between the tail tiedown ring and the hangar floor (via a fixed floor point or weighted...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-09-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 898
Posted By DHeal
Over 1,000 hours / 7+ years and all my wheel...

Over 1,000 hours / 7+ years and all my wheel bearings look and run like new. The Matco main and nose wheel bearings require different maintenance techniques. Best to follow Matco recommendations.
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,067
Posted By DHeal
Longer shafts are good. I found that having an...

Longer shafts are good. I found that having an electric motor with a diameter less than the wheels' diameter was very useful in working with long, straight pieces of aluminum -- this also helps to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-11-2021, 12:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Posted By DHeal
Not necessarily true. Some pump leakage is...

Not necessarily true. Some pump leakage is permitted by ROTAX -- see Paragraph 1.5: https://legacy.rotaxowner.com/si_tb_...o/si912001.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-10-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Posted By DHeal
Sounds normal to me -- the coolant level in the...

Sounds normal to me -- the coolant level in the overflow tank will vary a bit depending on the temperature of the coolant. I would expect some slight loss of coolant over time due to evaporation and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,459
Posted By DHeal
These days, you should probably get yourself a...

These days, you should probably get yourself a LODA. Either you or your CFI should have a LODA when you are receiving any instruction in your E-AB.

ps -- Your new plane looks great! Enjoy!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,330
Posted By DHeal
+1 on 12vaitor's comments above. Be sure to...

+1 on 12vaitor's comments above. Be sure to include sufficient gaps between panel sections to accommodate thickness of the edge-wrapped film. Use adhesion promoter where screws overlie film.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 981
Posted By DHeal
IMHO, cowling-mounted landing/taxi lights can be...

IMHO, cowling-mounted landing/taxi lights can be problematic -- limited space to install, high vibration area can lead to early failure, illuminate the backside of the prop disc thus interfering with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-25-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 867
Posted By DHeal
You can turn OFF the Canopy OPEN alarm and delete...

You can turn OFF the Canopy OPEN alarm and delete the screen indication on the Skyview.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-25-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,380
Posted By DHeal
When switching spark plugs back and forth between...

When switching spark plugs back and forth between NGKs and ROTAX-branded plugs you may find that you have to change the spark plug connector...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-23-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 798
Posted By DHeal
I think that many assessors do not understand the...

I think that many assessors do not understand the various types of RV-12s that are in use: ELSA, EAB, non-standard engine, factory-built SLSA, etc. The assessors likely lump all of the various...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,315
Posted By DHeal
When you retighten the jacks be sure to observe...

When you retighten the jacks be sure to observe the proper use of the plastic insulating "shoulder" washers.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,414
Posted By DHeal
I concur with Tony T's observation that there is...

I concur with Tony T's observation that there is a noticeable angular difference between my original nose wheel strut and the new strut. I too have had to add some washers to level the nose wheel...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-15-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,221
Posted By DHeal
I use cable-operated spring clamp pliers and 5"...

I use cable-operated spring clamp pliers and 5" Vice-Grip Bent Tapered Tip Pliers. Extra-long straight and bent needle-nose pliers also work well.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-12-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,043
Posted By DHeal
OK, I'll play: Right-side carb retention spring...

OK, I'll play: Right-side carb retention spring is not attached at forward end to modified crossover tube.
Forum: Oregon 08-06-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By DHeal
Another good VFR airport is Ashland Muni @ 15...

Another good VFR airport is Ashland Muni @ 15 miles to the SE of MFR. Keep a close eye on the wind direction and fire smoke plumes -- visibility can drop fast if the winds change direction/strength.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-05-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,030
Posted By DHeal
I suspect that it doesn't make much difference...

I suspect that it doesn't make much difference but according to the KAI (Page 46-07) the carb-to-rubber socket attachment clamp should be installed as follows:

Step 4: Install the band clamp (C)...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-03-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,177
Posted By DHeal
IMHO, Loctite 567 works great for fuel,...

IMHO, Loctite 567 works great for fuel, hydraulic, and air lines -- it has no issues with ethanol-laced fuel either. EZ Turn/Fuel Lube is great for sticking washers and nuts on your fingertips for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-28-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,629
Posted By DHeal
Are tappet/pushrod/rocker arm clearances (dry...

Are tappet/pushrod/rocker arm clearances (dry lash) within spec?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-02-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 717
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, 03:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,446
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, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,707
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, 10:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,624
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, 01:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,285
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 06-12-2021, 12:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,623
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, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,052
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, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,628
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, 11:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,222
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, 11:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 938
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, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 885
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, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,346
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, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,046
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, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,136
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, 08:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 781
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, 07:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,502
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, 05:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,056
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, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,187
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, 03:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,187
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, 10:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,036
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, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,171
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, 06:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,072
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, 06:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,141
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, 04:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,141
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, 11:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,465
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, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,300
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, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,009
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, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 859
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, 09:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,845
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, 11:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,311
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, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,214
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, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,214
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, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,595
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, 10:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,017
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, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,063
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, 05:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,767
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, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,480
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, 05:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 998
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, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,666
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, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,561
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, 12:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,754
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, 10:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,338
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...
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