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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,207
What do they get enlarged to?

What do they get enlarged to?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,207
The #36:enlarges the #40 holes in the rollbar,...

The #36:enlarges the #40 holes in the rollbar, which are then tapped in both the window and rollbar.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2022, 01:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,207
Reamer for canopy/rear window

Was all set to start drilling the rear window on the RV12iS (even got my wife to actually come to the hangar to help) when I realized I need a #27 and #36 reamer (Van's does not recommend using plexi...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,293
No. It was installed exactly to the KAI, actually.

No. It was installed exactly to the KAI, actually.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2022, 03:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,293
I was just going to move the nut plate and inch...

I was just going to move the nut plate and inch or two aft.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,293
Would be interesting to see if that changes the...

Would be interesting to see if that changes the position in relation to that nutplate.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2022, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,293
Yes, I have found that when you're using coiled...

Yes, I have found that when you're using coiled aluminum tube, you risk non-perfectly-straight lines.

Here's a better shot of that line. It doesn't seem particularly unusual. At least to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,293
I averted a catastrophe

I have one of the early tailcones for my RV-12iS project, the one where the inspection hole for the fuel sump isn't already cut out. I'm not sure Van's plans even include the dimensions for cutting...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-18-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,366
Thank you, Ron. I actually added the writing on...

Thank you, Ron. I actually added the writing on the heat shrink as part of my FOR GOODNESS SAKE DON'T PUT THE WIRES IN THE WRONG SLOT ON THAT CONNECTOR program, even though there were wire numbers...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,366
Heat shrink on G3X connectors?

Can anyone tell me what the deal is with the heat shrink covering the connectors going to the G3X connector on the fuse panel?

I would think that has to come off in order to insert it into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2022, 01:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,872
I've purchased this (got COVID so not much else...

I've purchased this (got COVID so not much else to do) and I'm finding it awfully squirrelly. Tough to get the settings right for smooth takeoffs. Pretty, though.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-25-2022, 07:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,799
The Van's SB corresponding to the Rotax SB...

The Van's SB corresponding to the Rotax SB contains no information on replacement. And the original Rotax SB said that an authorized service center can replace them. But it also said that "This...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
That makes a lot of sense and seems like the only...

That makes a lot of sense and seems like the only viable option.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
Drilling holes in little tiny spaces

In the avionics kit, chapter 42 Page 8 Figure 1 has you enlarging a hole to 5/16 of an inch. This really should have been an instruction way earlier in the instructions because it is very difficult...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,799
Hmmmm... Van's still hasn't issued the...

Hmmmm... Van's still hasn't issued the corresponding SB yet.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2022, 07:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,155
Just to follow up, a 4-40 takes a #43 bit for the...

Just to follow up, a 4-40 takes a #43 bit for the hole so there's nothing that will fit in a microstop countersink cage as far I could find online for countersink cutters. I guess enlarging the hole...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,155
Any idea what the angle is on a 4-40 screw?

Any idea what the angle is on a 4-40 screw?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,155
4-40 Countersink size?

What size countersink cutter for the 4-40 screw callout in Section 42 page...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 650
Excellent. Thank you.

Excellent. Thank you.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-05-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 650
Attaching tailcone

For those of you RV-12iS builders who delayed attaching the tailcone until some of Section 42 (avionics) was completed, how much of that section did you complete first? It doesn't seem like...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-12-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,468
Unfortunately I'm going broke on tubing. I can't...

Unfortunately I'm going broke on tubing. I can't get the start of the bend in the proper location at the tank end even when bending from the other side because the sleeve interferes. That messes up...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-12-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,468
OK. I give up. I'll pay someone to make this line...

OK. I give up. I'll pay someone to make this line for me. Anyone?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-03-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,468
Sorry for the confusion. I thought I was posting...

Sorry for the confusion. I thought I was posting another picture. This is the original line.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-03-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,468
The fitting to which this line attaches. The NPT...

The fitting to which this line attaches.

The NPT threads of the fitting into the tank. Not the threads to which the B nut attaches.

Section 5.27.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,468
Fuel line bending

It never fails that every year on the day the Lindy Award winners are announced, I go back to the hangar to redo something on whatever plane I'm building that I might have been generally dissatisfied...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,233
Sigh. Guess I'm not going to need a calculator...

Sigh. Guess I'm not going to need a calculator and spreadsheet.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,857
No pictures of Mom????

No pictures of Mom????
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,233
I'm building to LSA specs. Not an option. The...

I'm building to LSA specs. Not an option. The Garmin package is the only option.

But out of curiosity, what was your total install time on the avionics category on your RV-12?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,233
Reminder that I just need people to simply report...

Reminder that I just need people to simply report their hours on avionics portion of their build.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,233
Installation time - VFR vs IFR avionics package

Hi there

I'm trying to calculate the installation times for various avionics packages on the RV-12iS and, yes, I realize that everyone is different. I'm just trying to ballpark how many more hours...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,473
I kicked it around but decided against it. It's...

I kicked it around but decided against it. It's unlikely the prospective buyer would have transition training in an RV-12 (although that's possible)and wouldn't be covered for insurance. And it would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 06:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,473
I can't recall the history but it was around 2008...

I can't recall the history but it was around 2008 when the change was made. I don't know if FSDO was reacting to airport management concerns or FSDO was taking the lead (I kinda think it was the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,473
Violating -- through ignoring -- the operating...

Violating -- through ignoring -- the operating limitations paperwork from the FAA is some really, REALLY bad advice.

As I indicated earlier, that's just not the way I do business. Look, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,473
I just assumed it would be more attractive to see...

I just assumed it would be more attractive to see (or easier) as a completely finished airplane, but maybe not.

I wonder what the market value would be of an unpainted RV-12iS built to Van's specs?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,473
I doubt most people would know about it unless...

I doubt most people would know about it unless they were trying to get an airworthiness certificate. It's MSP FSDO.

There've been so many airport managers through that place since Jeff Burke left...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,473
When you can't fly the plane you're building

When my Meniere's flareup forced me to sell the beloved 7A, I started building an RV-12iS, mostly because I like building airplanes.

I let the medical expire with the possibility I could fly under...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-10-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
I don't know how firm the date is. The last date...

I don't know how firm the date is. The last date I got was January 21. I figure it'll get here when it gets here. It helps that I'm not flying.

I can work on the popup camper upgrades in case I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-09-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,361
If you're ever up this way again and need a...

If you're ever up this way again and need a hangar and a guest room, let me know. We'll take care of you.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-09-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
RV-12iS SB00023

I heard from Van's today that WD-01221-1, the replacement engine mount standoff for the SB00023 service bulletin, will now not be available until April. It had previously been backordered to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-03-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 29,375
To clarify, the service bulletin was posted...

To clarify, the service bulletin was posted almost two weeks ago.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-03-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 29,375
Odd. I ordered yesterday too and didn't see that...

Odd. I ordered yesterday too and didn't see that message. Were you able to order and they just said it was on backorder? Or were they not taking the order at all?

B
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,783
Been there. Done it. First marriage lasted two...

Been there. Done it. First marriage lasted two years. First year was easy but still wouldn't be given advice based on it. You just don't know what you don't know at that point. Divorce stinks....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,783
I've actually gotten quite a few responses in my...

I've actually gotten quite a few responses in my inbox. Actually more than I thought I'd get.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,783
This is a brilliant observation.

This is a brilliant observation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,783
One of the areas I want to explore -- after i...

One of the areas I want to explore -- after i finish with the #3's -- is what the #2's are doing.

For example, if you look at the responses from #2's so far, you'll notice that the spouse is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,783
Yes, this is a good case of bad statistical...

Yes, this is a good case of bad statistical analysis. Someone took the total marriages in a year and compared it to the total divorces in a year.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,783
Hi. Yeah, I'm aware of that article. It was...

Hi. Yeah, I'm aware of that article.

It was written when he'd been married a year.

Anybody can be married a year.

This is one of those subjects where the best perspective comes from...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-30-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 29,375
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eTURN9wkCP8/X8UVaDxIBuI...

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eTURN9wkCP8/X8UVaDxIBuI/AAAAAAABCCg/NZGygmx9NbwefSn5sOX3IIneaJ-dy9BBACLcBGAsYHQ/s0/nut.jpg

Not the ones that attach the standoff to the engine mount and isolators. They...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,783
Marriage and the RV Builder

For a long time, I've wanted to write an article about homebuilding and marriage.

There are at least three types of marriages surrounding homebuilding.

* The fully engaged spouse who really is...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,749
There are TONS of RV builders in the Twin Cities....

There are TONS of RV builders in the Twin Cities. You should be in contact with Doug Weiler at the Twin Cities RV Builder's Group (http://www.mnwing.org/) .

Among the 10 builders in the group is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-30-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 29,375
Question: Should the locknuts be reused or...

Question: Should the locknuts be reused or replaced when swapping this out?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-29-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 29,375
The 12 is the only Van's model that can be used...

The 12 is the only Van's model that can be used for flight schools, etc., it's the only model in which the data plate lists Van's as the builder. And it's the only model -- AFAIK -- in which the kit...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-28-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 29,375
The timing on these things has been comparatively...

The timing on these things has been comparatively fortuitous. I did the nose gear leg last winter before I got the powerplant kit. Easy peasy (except on the wallet, of course)

Yes, looking closer at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-28-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 29,375
Gosh, I'm getting tired of throwing out parts...

Gosh, I'm getting tired of throwing out parts that have exactly ZERO flight time.

I'm in the middle of installing the engine so it seems prudent to stop, take it off and make this replacement just...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-01-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,154
I don't have that many years left which is OK...

I don't have that many years left which is OK with me because maybe I can be reincarnated with Pete Howell's life.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 29,705
I don't really understand what you're saying here...

I don't really understand what you're saying here to the question of who the underwriter was.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-29-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,204
For the benefit of future searches (from...

For the benefit of future searches (from Rotax):

The Male PIN is a Molex 019417-0048 (18-22awg)

The Mating Female SOCKET would be a Molex 019420-0002

HIC-B, Pin 10, Powers the Lane "B" warning...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-27-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,204
Stein sells a Vertical Power pin. It's pretty...

Stein sells a Vertical Power pin. It's pretty much the same connector so I assume it will work.

I miss when I could drive 20 minutes to consult with him.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 25,418
Is telcoil Bluetooth? It sounds like what I was...

Is telcoil Bluetooth? It sounds like what I was hoping to accomplish, get the hearing aids Bluetooth receiver to pull in the audio.

I have an appointment in a couple of weeks; I'll see what the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-27-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,204
Do you know this pin

Anybody know this pin?

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ny9kjmEx03Y/Xx9Y50ghtxI/AAAAAAAA8X0/kdsmcsQHkpghJ2r2WhGGCVUXj2S9gj4iwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/pin.jpg

It's the pin from one of the wires in a Rotax 912iS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 29,705
Yes and no. That is how insurance works. The...

Yes and no. That is how insurance works. The money is invested, same thing as a bank.

But...

The increase in ratings actually began last year during the booming stock market when insurance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 25,418
Not anymore (Meniere's). I let it expire under...

Not anymore (Meniere's). I let it expire under the loophole.

I've been under a neurotologists care and Meniere's expert for quite awhile. He was instrumental in helping me get the original special...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 25,418
I totally get why having the microphone shut off...

I totally get why having the microphone shut off (mine go off automatically when the headsets are on) is necessary -- feedback prevention.

OTOH, that defeats the purpose of the hearing aid, doesn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 29,705
If you're posting your insurance rates, please...

If you're posting your insurance rates, please post your age since it was clear in the Gallagher rep's message elsewhere that the problemof insurance rates this year is impacting older pilots (I...
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