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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-08-2021, 10:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,695
Posted By mikefox
Well, as life has taught me, with hard work,...

Well, as life has taught me, with hard work, perseverance and some awesome support folks from VANS ... a solution can be found.

Just like Greg mentioned, the lower third exhaust header tube was...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 579
Posted By mikefox
When doing the proseal, make sure to use plenty...

When doing the proseal, make sure to use plenty of it between the aluminum and rear window so when the bolts are tightened the proseal is fully covering both parts. Itís easy to clean up any excess...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By mikefox
I agree the Kit Assembly Instructions do a...

I agree the Kit Assembly Instructions do a fantastic job of showing exactly how it works.

Iíd also suggest looking at build logs from the many talented builders on vansairforce.net or search with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-12-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,438
Posted By mikefox
Santa Rosaís airport is fun... call ahead to see...

Santa Rosaís airport is fun... call ahead to see if the cafe is open. You can grab lunch and watch the planes. The FBO to the north east was really friendly when I was there a while back.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,438
Posted By mikefox
Fly down the coast, view the Golden Gate Bridge,...

Fly down the coast, view the Golden Gate Bridge, and at Half Moon Bay turn left to land at San Carlos. You can get lunch outside at the cafe or get it to go in the open air covered gazebo while...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-25-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,695
Posted By mikefox
SB-00013 slip joint slipping

I'm turning to all the good folks here for some guidance and assistance in performing this SB.

The good folks at VANS have provided a new EX-00021-1 three part exhaust...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-11-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 328,721
Posted By mikefox
Yes, it is really fun to finish the build and...

Yes, it is really fun to finish the build and fly! The plane has 23 hrs flying and creating monster sized smiles now too! :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-05-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 328,721
Posted By mikefox
Talking First flight N962TF

First flight of N962TF took place at Hollister, California KCVH September 19, 2020.

There are way to many people to thank! The support staff at VAN’S helped answer many questions, gave excellent...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 12,641
Posted By mikefox
Yet again, fantastic write up Tony! Thank you. 😎👍🏻

Yet again, fantastic write up Tony! Thank you. 😎👍🏻
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-17-2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,002
Posted By mikefox
Hi Harry! :) I?m not familiar with that kit....

Hi Harry! :)

I?m not familiar with that kit.

However, I?d call VAN?S tomorrow morning during their builder support hours, and I bet one of them can easily get you the needed documentation.

Hope...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 10:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,062
Posted By mikefox
The 12 is a fantastic plane! I think it appeals...

The 12 is a fantastic plane! I think it appeals to the broadest crowd of pilots. From beginner to more experienced and anyone cost conscious it fits the goals. The controls are very similar to the 8...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-01-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,781
Posted By mikefox
Loctite and plexiglass equals cracks. I only wish...

Loctite and plexiglass equals cracks. I only wish I had been able to give you that information *before* the application of Loctite. Loctite is great for what it does, but the interaction with plastic...
Forum: International 09-10-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 22,026
Posted By mikefox
Most excellent adventure! :) Thank you for...

Most excellent adventure! :)
Thank you for sharing too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,063
Posted By mikefox
Excellent write up and discussion especially...

Excellent write up and discussion especially considering our wheel pant parts just arrived. :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-29-2019, 10:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 772
Posted By mikefox
Decibel level of the Rotax912iS?

I did some searching, but wasn?t able to find much on the decibel levels for a Rotax 912iS engine; it seems pretty quiet compared to many other engines.

Anyone know what the levels are at idle and...
Forum: International 08-29-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 22,026
Posted By mikefox
Fantastic adventure and congratulations! It's...

Fantastic adventure and congratulations! It's great to see such a good guy enjoying life and living his dream. :)

My dad and I still talk about your generosity with your hanger a couple of years...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-14-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,224
Posted By mikefox
Yes, our group is building per the Kit Assembly...

Yes, our group is building per the Kit Assembly Instructions that say to use it, and I think it makes sense too. The plans also say to roll the edge too which we?ll do.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,481
Posted By mikefox
My dad and I will be at OSH after flying his 12...

My dad and I will be at OSH after flying his 12 from E16. I’m helping build a 12iS that is nearing completion and am interested in a meetup.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,193
Posted By mikefox
Heavy maintenance manual link

This links to the page where you can download it ... https://www.rotax-owner.com/en/support-topmenu/engine-manuals#4-stroke-engines

I?ve been putting all the PDF files in a shared drive and then...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 05-05-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,450
Posted By mikefox
RV-17? What will it be?

Why the 17? Well, I?m thinking ahead to the future and a couple of iterations in electric and fuel cell technologies. A 15 and 16 model could be introduced before that time frame, and the time will...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,114
Posted By mikefox
Technique to cut the vent holes on the cowl part 00009-L/R?

Anyone already done this and have a recommendation to get the job done well?

This is on page 37iS/U-17.

Thanks in advance too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By mikefox
Congrats... the 12 is a great plane. 😎👍🏻

Congrats... the 12 is a great plane. 😎👍🏻
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-08-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 328,721
Posted By mikefox
Congratulations! Awesome looking plane too....

Congratulations! Awesome looking plane too. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! 😎👍🏻
Forum: California 12-23-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,348
Posted By mikefox
I?ve flown both

Both planes are fantastic. The Sling folks at the Torrence airport can introduce you to their plane; I did their introductory flight to see how the plane flew.

I think Vans has a bigger fleet of...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-20-2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 907
Posted By mikefox
Chandler is a great option

My mom lives close to the airport, and we always visit the restaurant when I visit. It is fun to see all the activity on the weekends too. I highly recommend it. 😃
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-16-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,847
Posted By mikefox
Maybe try a service like this?

I did quick google search and found these folks ...

https://visualping.io/

There are several other sites that offer the same service.

You are alerted to changes on the Vansaircraft site/page of...
Forum: California 12-03-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,391
Posted By mikefox
Call Dan... he seems to be a great guy who would know

https://sancarlosflight.com/dan-dyer

He sends out great info and has gatherings about fun flying topics all the time...

Best,

T
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-26-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,196
Posted By mikefox
Twice to Oshkosh flying my dad?s 12

The 12 hauled two normal sized adults from E16 in California to KOSH one year and from E16 to LL10 the next. And the fun factor was OFF the scale! The 12 is a very capable plane with excellent fuel...
Forum: COMM 11-18-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,375
Posted By mikefox
I always carry a spare handled radio

I have one that includes the adapter for the headset too. It turned out to be quite handy when the radio went dead in a friends plane. He was all smiles when I offered up my handheld radio that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,039
Posted By mikefox
I?m in San Jose, CA south of San Franciso by a...

I?m in San Jose, CA south of San Franciso by a hours drive with light traffic.

Thanks for the reply too! :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,039
Posted By mikefox
Anyone building an RV-12 iS in the Bay Area?

I think it would be fun to meetup and talk about it if you are. :)

Best, Thomas
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,239
Posted By mikefox
Look at the grin

Way cool grin! :D Congrats!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,533
Posted By mikefox
Congrats!

That's a fantastic accomplishment! :)
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 133,965
Posted By mikefox
Looks fantastic!!!!

Enjoy, enjoy, and enjoy!!!!! 😎👍🏻
Forum: California 09-10-2018, 10:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 819
Posted By mikefox
Maybe ask around at E16 or other airports?

Maybe someone wants to relocate to KRHV or wants a hanger space for the price of a T-hanger. It’s the only thing I can offer. Good luck with it. :)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-06-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,472
Posted By mikefox
Cool 😎👍🏻

Looks like you two had a great time! 😎👍🏻
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,766
Posted By mikefox
Great news

I see this as an excellent move by Vans ...

The RV-12 is a runaway success in its class.

It’s very safe, capable, quiet, efficient, and easy to fly which makes it appealing to a big segment of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-29-2018, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,212
Posted By mikefox
Congrats

Great news!

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,402
Posted By mikefox
Fantastic video and write up! 😎👍🏻

Going to OSH in a 12 is really fun! Thank you for sharing too.
Best, Thomas
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-27-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,356
Posted By mikefox
Flight Schools with a Vans RV-12 offering

Is there a list of Flight Schools that rent a RV-12?

I've only been able to find one place that rents ...

http://www.scanlonaviation.com
Forum: RV-14 03-13-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,490
Posted By mikefox
Congrats!

You?ll have fun while doing a great job and end up with a fantastic plane! :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,526
Posted By mikefox
My dad and I are going again this year

We went last year and had a blast! He lives in Boise, Idaho, so he flies to San Jose, CA to pick me up. After a good nights rest at my house, we head East to enjoy the journey with the only goal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 10:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,910
Posted By mikefox
Congrats!

That is a fantastic accomplishment! Say hello to Oski. And make sure to explore the surrounding Bay Area along with your studies ... it has much to offer. Again congrats and enjoy the journey. :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2017, 09:44 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 28,963
Posted By mikefox
Don't let anyone take away your dream

I want to encourage you to continue. Yes, sometimes it can be PITA when things don't go as planned. Just remember, you are already a winner by being on the path to building an airplane. So very few...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-20-2016, 10:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,863
Posted By mikefox
Enjoy! And have fun along the way. This place has...

Enjoy! And have fun along the way. This place has such knowledgeable, nice, caring and wonderful people to help you along the way.

Keep us updated on your progress if you can.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-13-2016, 02:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,568
Posted By mikefox
Congrats on your build and transition training!...

Congrats on your build and transition training! I'm looking forward to seeing you post about your travels in the newly built plane!

Best, T
Forum: California 09-09-2016, 07:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,223
Posted By mikefox
Hi Joerg, I'm in San Jose and can talk with you...

Hi Joerg,

I'm in San Jose and can talk with you about about my dad's experience building a 12.

His blog is at http://chuckbuildsaplane.blogspot.com

The two of us went to OSH/EAA/Airventure this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-12-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,826
Posted By mikefox
The fun journey to OSH this year

My dad and I are planning on leaving E16 on the 21st to KMAN (Dad lives there). On the 22nd early, we leave to visit my brother in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with possible waypoints of KEMM, KTOR, KONL...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-11-2016, 02:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,405
Posted By mikefox
New version of VA-110 button arrived - should help stop the pinch

I called Vans and they quickly confirmed the button had been changed, so I ordered one for my Dad's plane. Here's a picture of it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,304
Posted By mikefox
Can you confirm the two plastic plugs were...

Can you confirm the two plastic plugs were removed from the radiator? These are black colored making it hard to see them just inside the metal intake and exit tubes of the radiator where the hose is...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 07-16-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,602
Posted By mikefox
If you want to make the trek to San Jose... Try aerodynamic aviation

Ask for Zdravko ... He's a tail wheel expert... With plenty of planes for you to fly.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-27-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 58,898
Posted By mikefox
Way cool

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy ... And thanks for sharing your building tips on your blog. Awesome job.

Best,

Thomas
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-09-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,347
Posted By mikefox
Cool!

Thanks for sharing!!!! Looks like sooooo much fun!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-10-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,153
Posted By mikefox
That was cool

It looks like the two of you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!:)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,681
Posted By mikefox
Also take a look at the plastic guides for the...

Also take a look at the plastic guides for the wing spar. These sometimes need to be made just a slight bit smaller to allow the wing to insert correctly.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-18-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,131
Posted By mikefox
I really like the vernier throttle controlling...

I really like the vernier throttle controlling the Rotax engine. I think it would be a great option to have in the 12 vs. the current one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2013, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,521
Posted By mikefox
That was great!

The flyover was awesome! That looks like it was really fun!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-26-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,076
Posted By mikefox
Good to hear you made it there and back safely. T

Good to hear you made it there and back safely. T
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-07-2011, 12:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,035
Posted By mikefox
Looks like fun! :)

Thanks for posting it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2011, 06:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,161
Posted By mikefox
Yahooo! :)

Congrats! :) The flatbed looks like a great way to move the plane.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,634
Posted By mikefox
Neat paint and plane

It's really cool! :)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-07-2011, 09:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,652
Posted By mikefox
Cool! Thanks for sharing! :)

That looks like you had an awesome time!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2011, 11:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,184
Posted By mikefox
Bummer and something to learn from

Oh man, that's a bummer. Very glad to hear everyone is ok! :)

I remember reading about another bummer of a crash in San Diego with a Sportcruiser / Piper Sport. The pilot was trying to latch the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-04-2011, 11:55 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 52,726
Posted By mikefox
Smile Awesome

Congrats! :) That's awesome.
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