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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2022, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
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: 11
Views: 797
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: 427
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: 427
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: 427
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: 674
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: 798
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: 674
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: 8
Views: 682
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: 450
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: 1,561
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: 6,809
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: 1,561
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: 949
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: 1,561
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: 1,613
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: 1,613
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: 2,184
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: 1,031
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: 831
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: 3
Views: 858
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: 745
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: 588
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: 3
Views: 858
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: 2,813
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: 3,736
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: 3,736
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: 3,736
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: 3,736
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: 3,736
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: 247
Views: 36,609
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: 3,736
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: 247
Views: 36,609
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: 3,736
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: 247
Views: 36,609
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: 2,271
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: 882
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: 2,271
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: 1,751
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: 2,271
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...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2022, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,241
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim,Youíre an engineer! How can you possibly...

Jim,Youíre an engineer! How can you possibly poo-poo that extra 0.001 Kts in cruise!😱😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2022, 10:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,271
Posted By RFSchaller
I had an engine quit on an RV-12 flight in a...

I had an engine quit on an RV-12 flight in a power off stall. It restarted and and ran a little rough back to the airport. At taxi RPM it barely ran. When the cowling was removed I found the left...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-22-2022, 12:18 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,736
Posted By RFSchaller
Mike, I wouldnít obsess about a surface scratch...

Mike,

I wouldnít obsess about a surface scratch unless you really gouged it. The coolant system cap is rated for 1.2 bar (about 18 psig) so itís a pretty low pressure system. I scratched mine too...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2022, 09:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,736
Posted By RFSchaller
I pulled my coolant hoses two days ago (2nd...

I pulled my coolant hoses two days ago (2nd 5-year replacement). I used automotive rubber heater hoses last time, and I would not again. I was surprised to find the hose walls had softened...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By RFSchaller
I clecoed my skins in place and frequently...

I clecoed my skins in place and frequently removed them to facilitate system installation. I didnít pull rivets until the very end when I was convinced everything was installed.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2022, 09:33 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,609
Posted By RFSchaller
Amadeus, When I read your post I actually...

Amadeus,

When I read your post I actually checked to make sure I hadnít written it during cocktail hour!😁 I am in annual right now and installing the exact same mods you mentioned. I was also...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2022, 12:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 969
Posted By RFSchaller
What! No fuzzy dice!😝

What! No fuzzy dice!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2022, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By RFSchaller
ROTAX Series 912/914 Illustrated Parts Catalogue...

ROTAX Series 912/914 Illustrated Parts Catalogue 73-00-00 page 6.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2022, 07:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,907
Posted By RFSchaller
Shop around and consider an enjoyable long...

Shop around and consider an enjoyable long X-country. Try Gus at Wickenburg, AZ (E25). 928-684-4926

His shop did a great job on a T-34 paint scheme for mine. In 2012 it was $10,500.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-07-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By RFSchaller
Keith, check your PMís (not BOJO). Rich

Keith, check your PMís (not BOJO).

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-06-2022, 08:30 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,609
Posted By RFSchaller
Yeah, all of us 70ís Don Juanís had those to...

Yeah, all of us 70ís Don Juanís had those to impress the flower child ladies. Only thing missing was a peace symbol (I was on a ROTC scholarship)😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-06-2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By RFSchaller
I just finished this, and it was muck easier than...

I just finished this, and it was muck easier than I originally thought. Everything in the Aera660 harness gets connected to a single 9 pin connector that plugs into the back of the control panel in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2022, 10:36 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,609
Posted By RFSchaller
Thatís what my shop vac is for, Jim! Since the...

Thatís what my shop vac is for, Jim!

Since the bean bag is a 70ís icon, and since you you brought up this failure mechanism it jarred this 70 year old brain to remember a funny story about another...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2022, 10:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,700
Posted By RFSchaller
I am in annual right now. One thing that has...

I am in annual right now. One thing that has bugged me about the plane is the inability to hook up ground power conveniently for a jump start. I am installing a jumper post on my panel with a master...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-04-2022, 08:30 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,609
Posted By RFSchaller
I keep a couple of bean bag chairs around to...

I keep a couple of bean bag chairs around to throw into the interior any time I have to crawl around anything pointy that hurts!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,646
Posted By RFSchaller
I am doing my 9th annual and adding a jumper post...

I am doing my 9th annual and adding a jumper post on the panel. Iíve always been paranoid about having a dead battery on the road. Also getting rid of my aging Garmin 396/496 for a touchscreen Aera...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-28-2022, 08:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,331
Posted By RFSchaller
A real sailor would have said ďtackingĒ, Mickey!😝

A real sailor would have said ďtackingĒ, Mickey!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-28-2022, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,561
Posted By RFSchaller
EAA has plans for a wing stand on rollers made...

EAA has plans for a wing stand on rollers made out of plywood. Thatís what I built. Put wheels on it and itís great.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-28-2022, 07:51 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,609
Posted By RFSchaller
Tim, The ports are very limited. I added one...

Tim,

The ports are very limited. I added one under each control stick, one on the right side for access to the elevator counter weight and three on the belly to facilitate inspection and elevator...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,646
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a little mantra I always go through before...

I have a little mantra I always go through before takeoff: CIGAR and Ignition, Fuel pump (mine has a switch) and canopy. I do it after run up and stowing the checklist. Itís a final simple check I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,609
Posted By RFSchaller
Greg, Why didnít Vans incorporate some...

Greg,

Why didnít Vans incorporate some inspection holes on the fuselage? I installed several after mine was licensed, and they have made life much simpler. They are 4Ē in diameter and each has a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2022, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,331
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve never seen it in the 12, but I had a Yak-52...

Iíve never seen it in the 12, but I had a Yak-52 that was so bad at idle it would have sent an epileptic into a fit!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-18-2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,609
Posted By RFSchaller
Groan! Well I sure am glad I cut three 4Ē...

Groan! Well I sure am glad I cut three 4Ē diameter inspection ports in my tail cone.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-16-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,527
Posted By RFSchaller
Usually I can check the nut torque without...

Usually I can check the nut torque without slippage. When the bolt slips I take the hub apart, put a wrench on the bolt head and retorque the nuts on the rear half of the hub. Needless to say I keep...
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