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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-18-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,289
Posted By 12vaitor
I made a 3D printed set for my RV-12 using...

I made a 3D printed set for my RV-12 using Nylon-X (carbon infused Nylon). The slot is to drain any water and should be down when inserted in the step. You can find the .stl file...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-14-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,638
Posted By 12vaitor
There are/were RV-12s modified with wing tanks a...

There are/were RV-12s modified with wing tanks a few years ago, basically capped pipes inserted in the wing rib lightening holes and quick disconnect fittings to retain the removable feature. If I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-12-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 702
Posted By 12vaitor
I added my second comm antenna on top of the...

I added my second comm antenna on top of the tailcone behind the ADAHRS location. In addition to a doubler plate at the antenna location, I added some J-channel reinforcement between the frames. The...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-23-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 13
Vne
Views: 1,965
Posted By 12vaitor
The problem with the RV-12 POH is the 136 KIAS...

The problem with the RV-12 POH is the 136 KIAS Vne is negated by the 136 KTAS Vne except in a vary narrow instance of a colder than standard day at low altitude (negative density altitude) where the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-23-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 13
Vne
Views: 1,965
Posted By 12vaitor
I do not think it would be wise to exceed 136...

I do not think it would be wise to exceed 136 KTAS at any altitude in an RV-12. If you follow the logic proposed for using a Vne of 136 KIAS at any pressure/density altitude below 16,000 ft, that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 13
Vne
Views: 1,965
Posted By 12vaitor
It means which ever one gets to 136 kts first is...

It means which ever one gets to 136 kts first is the governing Vne. I regularly push up near the 136 Kts TAS in descents from 6,000+ ft with IAS in the 120 kt region. The Dynon Vne is set to both ISA...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By 12vaitor
I used a panel mounted EATON Bussmann Series...

I used a panel mounted EATON Bussmann Series 15713-24-12-22A ATC Fuse Block with rear terminals. 24 circuits on three separate busses (12, 4, and 8 circuits) makes it handy for normal, emergency, and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,431
Posted By 12vaitor
+1 on metrorestyling.com for sourcing. I used...

+1 on metrorestyling.com for sourcing. I used their 3M carbon fiber film on my RV-12 panel and have no issues with gloss. They do have SOTT matt finish CF film . I also used the 3M adhesion promoter...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 849
Posted By 12vaitor
I have never seen one mounted in an RV-12...

I have never seen one mounted in an RV-12 cowling. You may want to check out the Scrappy #45 video, Mike Patey shows how he installed three round landing lights in the front of his cowling. I thought...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-23-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,057
Posted By 12vaitor
Tom, I passed on your information, hopefully he...

Tom,

I passed on your information, hopefully he will give you a call about both the good and bad experiences, and lessons learned. Some of it was helpful advice when I built my RV-12.

John...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By 12vaitor
If you are building as an ELSA, you have to...

If you are building as an ELSA, you have to follow the KAI instructions. If you are building as an EAB you can run the wires however you please. The wires actually go over the rudder tubes. Some of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-22-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,057
Posted By 12vaitor
I have a coworker that flies an RV-6 with the GM...

I have a coworker that flies an RV-6 with the GM V-6 and Belted Air combination. As Ross observed, he told me he quit using VAF years ago because of the attacks for doing something different. Sadly,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,055
Posted By 12vaitor
You should change your focus to an RV-9, its...

You should change your focus to an RV-9, its mission profile is more in line with your requirements for speed, payload, and altitude. The 915 would fit in the design power range and expected empty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2021, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By 12vaitor
You are looking at an hour drive from Tyndall to...

You are looking at an hour drive from Tyndall to any public airport in the area. KECP will be expensive, small hanger rent is $500/mo. Caters to airline and jet traffic so most transient GA is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-05-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 18,039
Posted By 12vaitor
You can add ATO Style Circuit Breakers (manually...

You can add ATO Style Circuit Breakers (manually resettable) to the list of options if you do not like fuses.

I initially looked at going with a VPX and ended up using a 24 circuit Eaton ATO fuse...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-05-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,054
Posted By 12vaitor
Nothing wrong with depinning the wires in the D37...

Nothing wrong with depinning the wires in the D37 connector you will not be using to reduce the number of dead ends. You can always add them back as needed for future changes.

I made my own harness...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 18,227
Posted By 12vaitor
It is ironic that the company excluded from PAFI...

It is ironic that the company excluded from PAFI may be the one that solves the 100LL fuel replacement problem. The important part of the story is the deal with AVFuel for distribution. Finding...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-28-2021, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,200
Posted By 12vaitor
I used two 1/2" wide zipties on each gear leg to...

I used two 1/2" wide zipties on each gear leg to hold my braided lines in place. No problems after 5 years in service.

John Salak
RV-12 N896HS
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 34,386
Posted By 12vaitor
How about an affordable version of Mike Patey's...

How about an affordable version of Mike Patey's Scrappy. Talk about design innovation in a backcountry airplane!

I expect a scaled up Vashon Ranger with an IO-390. It would fit well with Van's...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,103
Posted By 12vaitor
I used 3M Fire Barrier 2000 to seal the firewall,...

I used 3M Fire Barrier 2000 to seal the firewall, including coating all the rivet heads on the engine side of the fire wall.

This thread has a good discussion:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 18,879
Posted By 12vaitor
It seems a lot of folks are blaming the FAA for a...

It seems a lot of folks are blaming the FAA for a problem created by a judge in a specific court case. As I read it, the judge went beyond the question at hand and expanded his ruling to include the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-18-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 752
Posted By 12vaitor
You may want to consider wiring the 30-A power...

You may want to consider wiring the 30-A power supply in as external power feature/connector with its own battery contactor. I wired mine using a standard external power connector with the idea of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 4,717
Posted By 12vaitor
I think the discussion has digressed from the...

I think the discussion has digressed from the original part about getting an initial ELSA AW inspection where the DAR added IFR IMC operations to the OLs. There is no doubt you can modify an ELSA...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-12-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 4,717
Posted By 12vaitor
Light Sport Category applies to both S-LSA and...

Light Sport Category applies to both S-LSA and E-LSA. See ASTM F2746, 1.2 in the previous post for the "airplane kit" (as in E-LSA) applicability of operating an LSA aircraft according to the POH...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,850
Posted By 12vaitor
It appears you are on the ground and the issue...

It appears you are on the ground and the issue could be antenna shading by something like a hangar. I see this error often when running my SV-D1000 if the aircraft is in the hangar with the door open...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 4,717
Posted By 12vaitor
 91.327 Aircraft having a special...

 91.327 Aircraft having a special airworthiness certificate in the light-sport category: Operating limitations.
(d) Each person operating an aircraft issued a special airworthiness certificate in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 4,717
Posted By 12vaitor
The POH is still a required document for...

The POH is still a required document for operation of the aircraft (ARROW), and the OLs are part of the SAW certificate. If your RV-12 POH has an operating limitation prohibiting flight in IFR/IMC,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 4,717
Posted By 12vaitor
The explanation in the webinar regarding OLs for...

The explanation in the webinar regarding OLs for ELSA is the aircraft may only be operated per the manufacturer's aircraft operating instructions (AOI), which is an ASTM requirement associated with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 4,717
Posted By 12vaitor
I concur with this webinar being an excellent...

I concur with this webinar being an excellent explanation between operating IFR in IMC vs IFR in VMC as it applies to SLSA and ELSA aircraft. Bottom line was the ASTM standard for LSA prohibits IMC...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-04-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,514
Posted By 12vaitor
Unless the WD-1221 mount is cracked, the SB...

Unless the WD-1221 mount is cracked, the SB states you only have to do a 100 hour inspection after the initial check. No reason to be down for 6 months waiting for the updated part if it is not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,656
Posted By 12vaitor
Good comment on VNE. On the Dynon Skyview you...

Good comment on VNE. On the Dynon Skyview you can set the Air Speed Limitations page to use TAS for the VNE speed and it will adjust the red VNE color segment on the IAS tape automatically to the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-01-2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,656
Posted By 12vaitor
I agree with Scott's assessment. I am not sure...

I agree with Scott's assessment. I am not sure what the fascination is with pushing the RV-12's speed and gross weight up beyond the baseline design requirement for LSA compliance. If your mission...
Forum: GPS 05-31-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,028
Posted By 12vaitor
Not sure about the Garmin products, however my...

Not sure about the Garmin products, however my Avidyne IFD 540 came with an Avidyne published "FAA Approved Flight Manual Supplement" where you fill in the Make/Model, Reg Number, and Serial Number...
Forum: COMM 05-23-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By 12vaitor
I just cured a problem with intermittent co-pilot...

I just cured a problem with intermittent co-pilot comms that turned out to be a loose mic jack where the jack barrel was contacting the airframe. Centered the jack on the shoulder washer and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,605
Posted By 12vaitor
You can build a simple LED test light to see if...

You can build a simple LED test light to see if your RS232 port is operating. The attached image is from the ACK ELT installation manual and should work with any RS232 port. I built the test light...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,328
Posted By 12vaitor
I used two small magnets to fix that problem, one...

I used two small magnets to fix that problem, one mounted on the canopy frame and one mounted on the handle. When the handle is in the open position the magnets align, pulls the handle up a bit and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By 12vaitor
My TI Automotive dual pumps are both wrapped in...

My TI Automotive dual pumps are both wrapped in rubber sleeves that came with the pumps. Installation instructions state the sleeve is mandatory for direct mounting. One of these days I will trying...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-06-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,936
Posted By 12vaitor
A few years ago I did some testing to...

A few years ago I did some testing to characterize the spar pin magnet to switch activation distances on my RV-12. The interesting discovery was if the magnet is shielded too much by the stainless...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,242
Posted By 12vaitor
I believe the thread you referenced is for a...

I believe the thread you referenced is for a different problem that can be fixed in the field. The issue identified in posts #6 and #11 is the bends do not appear to result in parallel planes. I have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,405
Posted By 12vaitor
In addition to blunt taper on the end of the...

In addition to blunt taper on the end of the pins, I also used a Dremel tool with a cone shaped bit to taper the inside of the hinge tabs on the side/face the pin is sliding into. Rather than the pin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By 12vaitor
I recently changed my RV-12 design with dual fuel...

I recently changed my RV-12 design with dual fuel pumps from a single 10-micron Golan primary filter (tank outlet to fuel pump inlets) to an 85-micron filter on each pump inlet. The 10-micron was too...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-18-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,213
Posted By 12vaitor
If you are flying through the Panhandle below...

If you are flying through the Panhandle below 7,000 feet, I would highly recommend requesting VFR Flight Following. Depending on the day and time, there can be a lot traffic in the area, especially...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,354
Posted By 12vaitor
I mounted my ADS-B-472 on the aft side of the...

I mounted my ADS-B-472 on the aft side of the baggage bulkhead of my "original" RV-12 mainly because I did not want to run a long coax from the instrument panel. The Dynon Skyview Installation...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-08-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 986
Posted By 12vaitor
You could try the free Autodesk Viewer on-line...

You could try the free Autodesk Viewer on-line for looking at the Dwg file. I had an E size print made from the .dwg file, not sure how the pdf would come out at that scale.

John Salak
RV-12 N896HS
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-01-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,159
Posted By 12vaitor
I have a Viking 110 powered RV-12 and have been...

I have a Viking 110 powered RV-12 and have been pretty happy with it so far. No major issues, however I did do some of the upgrades like the steel flywheel replacement for the original aluminum unit,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-24-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,775
Posted By 12vaitor
I used Chesapeake Sport Pilot at W29 across the...

I used Chesapeake Sport Pilot at W29 across the Bay from Annapolis to get my insurance required 5 hour checkout. Great experience with an excellent CFI that knew the -12 well. Also got a bi-annual...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,118
Posted By 12vaitor
Dynon has addressed this capability on the...

Dynon has addressed this capability on the Skyview forum, there is no internal feature you can access to accomplish this. Their recommendation is to use the RS232 data output to a device that would...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-08-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,416
Posted By 12vaitor
Welcome to the world of environmental politics....

Welcome to the world of environmental politics. First, throw out any ideas about economics and efficiency and focus only on CO emission numbers.

If you read Aviation Week and Space Technology with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,040
Posted By 12vaitor
You did not mention if you were seeing any...

You did not mention if you were seeing any activity on the port monitor TX and RX counters for serial port 4.

You may want to check your GTR225 Serial Port IO MODE on the System Configuration...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-07-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,416
Posted By 12vaitor
I am surprised there is no discussion of a hybrid...

I am surprised there is no discussion of a hybrid electric power plant for the RV-10. Something like the MagniX 250 might be a bit overkill at 375hp, however this is where all the technology develop...
Forum: GPS 02-06-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By 12vaitor
I installed the 10.2.4.1 update in my 540 in...

I installed the 10.2.4.1 update in my 540 in April 2020, usually takes about an hour to backup current settings and run the installer. I have done eight version update install cycles and never had a...
Forum: GPS 02-06-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By 12vaitor
I looked in my IFD540 SW update folder with data...

I looked in my IFD540 SW update folder with data going back to the 10.1.1 upgrade in 2015 up to the 10.2.3.1 upgrade and did not see any release notes for any version. They all come with a new...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,022
Posted By 12vaitor
You could buy them from the Van's Store for $59...

You could buy them from the Van's Store for $59 each.

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?ident=1611158252-64-543&browse=am&product=tire-tube

John Salak
RV-12 N896HS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-08-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,063
Posted By 12vaitor
Been using the 1" 7A and EXL wheels for several...

Been using the 1" 7A and EXL wheels for several years for deburring just about any metal part or edge. I have a straight die grinder permanently setup with the mandrel/wheel. Buy several if you are...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,443
Posted By 12vaitor
You may want to consider replacing the GTR200...

You may want to consider replacing the GTR200 with a Dynon VHF-COM radio, which is the same size as the KNOB and AP panel. The center panel should be wide enough for the three side-by-side. The...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-30-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,415
Posted By 12vaitor
It only took me 8 years to finish my RV-12, not...

It only took me 8 years to finish my RV-12, not so much a lack of motivation as a lack of time with respect to where airplane building ranked in priority. Vic Syracuse had some great advice after he...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-24-2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 200,228
Posted By 12vaitor
TI Automotive (Walbro) has some technical papers...

TI Automotive (Walbro) has some technical papers on their web site, the one on pump pressure suggests using PWM for flow control. I sent them a technical support request to see if that note applies...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-24-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 771
Views: 200,228
Posted By 12vaitor
+1 on Greg's recommendation for more than one...

+1 on Greg's recommendation for more than one pre-filter.

I am (was) running a similar setup to yours, 30-micron EFI pre-filter split to two Walbro GSL393 pumps, then a final EFI filter before the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,845
Posted By 12vaitor
The electrical system schematics for the RV-12...

The electrical system schematics for the RV-12 can be found on the Van's Aircraft website. Pick the one applicable to your aircraft's baseline. I had an ANSI E size one printed at a local copy store...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-17-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,816
Posted By 12vaitor
I made my own design on a 3D printer. The one in...

I made my own design on a 3D printer. The one in the photo is made from Nylon-CF with an orange PETG infill. Has a slot for the vent door tang and is held on by a screw that goes through a hole in...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-12-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 200,228
Posted By 12vaitor
The AMSOIL 75W-90 gear oil I am using in my...

The AMSOIL 75W-90 gear oil I am using in my gearbox has a temperature limit of 250 F according the manufacturer, which is +30 above my redline temp for the gearbox. The radial seals appear to be the...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-11-2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 771
Views: 200,228
Posted By 12vaitor
My reference data is for the two-gear 110 gearbox...

My reference data is for the two-gear 110 gearbox with two GB oil temp sensors above the drive gear, so the oil temp is for oil slung off the gears. My information from Viking is the standard...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-10-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 200,228
Posted By 12vaitor
My Viking gearbox temps track the coolant temp,...

My Viking gearbox temps track the coolant temp, typically +2 deg over coolant temps after warmup. "Normal" appears to be 180 deg at 7,000 ft in flight at 5400 rpm. Hot days can see temps in the 195...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 1,964
Views: 606,198
Posted By 12vaitor
Steve, Did you see any dimensional changes from...

Steve,

Did you see any dimensional changes from the annealing process? PLA printed parts have some significant shrinkage from annealing that goes with the dramatic increase in strength. You can...
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