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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-01-2022, 11:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By RFSchaller
When the sun hit me at a shallow angle I just...

When the sun hit me at a shallow angle I just slide the shade on its support rods to cover it. Works well after mid morning when the sun gets high enough to make it work.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-30-2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,944
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím the first in line to save money by using...

Iím the first in line to save money by using commercial grade parts if it makes sense, but I agree the lever nuts look shaky. A lot of automotive parts are robust enough for aeronautical use in our...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 11:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By RFSchaller
Interesting. I used the bright light method.

Interesting. I used the bright light method.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 09:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By RFSchaller
My reasoning is two fold. First, I see no reason...

My reasoning is two fold. First, I see no reason to put operating hours on the electric pump when it isnít needed. Second, if my mechanical pump fails I want to know right away. The pressure will...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 09:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 583
Posted By RFSchaller
I flew my 12 for a few years before I noticed my...

I flew my 12 for a few years before I noticed my stabilator bearings had moved. I really hate pulling that stabilator, but it was necessary. Followed the notification instructions with Loctite, and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By RFSchaller
When I first installed a switch my procedure was...

When I first installed a switch my procedure was to use the electric pump for starting, takeoff and landing. The only time I experienced vapor lock was on a hot PHX summer day when I secured the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By RFSchaller
What magnets are you guys referring to? The only...

What magnets are you guys referring to? The only magnets I remember are the ones associated with the wing pin reed switches, and I thought Vans eventually got rid of them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-18-2022, 09:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,071
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a similar issue with my wife. As long as...

I have a similar issue with my wife. As long as we have the Cherokee she can manage. Someday Iíll probably fly light sport exclusively, and then I will consider a high wing design that is easier to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-18-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, if you agree with everything Vans designs...

Jim, if you agree with everything Vans designs and advises why did you modify your oil coolant system?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2022, 09:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By RFSchaller
Good o ya, Bob! I wasnít that fortunate!😜

Good o ya, Bob! I wasnít that fortunate!😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, Not excused. This has been rehashed many...

Jim,

Not excused. This has been rehashed many times on the forum. There are those that subscribe to the continuous pump run and those who like to keep it in reserve for emergency use after climb...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2022, 09:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 576
Posted By RFSchaller
I bought a bicycle handlebar grip that fits flush...

I bought a bicycle handlebar grip that fits flush with he top of the Johnson bar. No pinched fingers after 10 years!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,932
Posted By RFSchaller
I put a two inch aluminum trim strip on the aft...

I put a two inch aluminum trim strip on the aft edge of my canopy. When closed it covers the small gap between the canopy and aft window. It does a great job of keeping water out. Of more concern to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By RFSchaller
The first time I replaced hoses I was just able...

The first time I replaced hoses I was just able to raise the manifold enough to replace the hose while stretching the shock mount. My second replacement I stretched it a bit too far and tore the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,193
Posted By RFSchaller
Might try an aircraft salvage yard, but given the...

Might try an aircraft salvage yard, but given the newness of the design it would be a long shot. Iím not familiar with other SLSA designs, but maybe one of them uses the same radiator design and has...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2022, 12:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, Did you experience vapor lock with the...

Jim,

Did you experience vapor lock with the electric fuel pump running? The only time I have had it is on climbout in PHX summers with the boost pump off. The minute I turned on my electric pump it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-11-2022, 09:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 755
Posted By RFSchaller
Assuming the nuts were not obviously lacking...

Assuming the nuts were not obviously lacking engagement I wouldnít criticize the DAR for missing this.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-07-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,253
Posted By RFSchaller
Seems a moot point wondering at what airspeed the...

Seems a moot point wondering at what airspeed the prop stops. If your engine fails you should pitch for best glide and try a restart with the starter. If that doesnít work you probably wonít get it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-07-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Posted By RFSchaller
Mine broke at the filed flat where the retaining...

Mine broke at the filed flat where the retaining screw contacts the tube. I replaced the tube without filing a flat. So far no more issues. Iíd have to check my logs for time in service.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-06-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,514
Posted By RFSchaller
Well, I sometimes get an extra tenth hour of...

Well, I sometimes get an extra tenth hour of ďflight timeĒ getting back to the hangar!😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-06-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,253
Posted By RFSchaller
The ENGINE AIR RESTART emergency procedure in the...

The ENGINE AIR RESTART emergency procedure in the POH says the prop will not windmill below 80 KTS. It doesnít say whether it would start to windmill again by going above 80 KTS if it stops.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-06-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,843
Posted By RFSchaller
Mike, Do you have the iS electrical schematic...

Mike,

Do you have the iS electrical schematic available on Vans website?

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-06-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,843
Posted By RFSchaller
Bob, Youíre right. Donít know what I was...

Bob,

Youíre right. Donít know what I was thinking. The iS starting circuits are very different from the ULS.

RICH
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-04-2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,253
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 07-04-2022, 09:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,514
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 07-04-2022, 09:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,843
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: 21
Views: 4,514
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: 868
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: 21
Views: 4,514
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: 19
Views: 1,859
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: 2,010
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: 1,582
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: 260
Views: 45,773
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: 1,190
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: 1,080
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: 1,253
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: 1,213
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: 922
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: 961
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: 598
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: 849
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: 1,467
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: 2,782
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: 1,467
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: 5,074
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: 3,994
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: 40
Views: 5,201
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: 993
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: 40
Views: 5,201
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: 883
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: 883
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: 883
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: 979
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: 1,103
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: 979
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: 870
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: 656
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: 1,997
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: 7,425
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: 1,997
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: 1,335
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: 1,997
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: 2,250
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: 2,250
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....
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