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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,564
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: 3,093
No pictures of Mom????

No pictures of Mom????
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,564
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: 1,564
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: 1,564
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: 2,196
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: 2,196
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: 2,196
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: 2,196
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: 2,196
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: 2,196
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: 1,054
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: 1,981
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: 1,054
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: 18,956
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: 18,956
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?

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,826
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: 8,826
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: 8,826
This is a brilliant observation.

This is a brilliant observation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,826
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: 8,826
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: 8,826
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: 18,956
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eTURN9wkCP8/X8UVaDxIBuI...

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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: 8,826
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: 2,162
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: 18,956
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: 18,956
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: 18,956
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: 18,956
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: 23
Views: 7,650
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: 21,195
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: 1,675
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: 1,675
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: 17,719
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: 1,675
Do you know this pin

Anybody know this pin?

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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: 21,195
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: 17,719
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: 17,719
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: 21,195
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...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,482
A broker at an EAA chapter meeting said much of...

A broker at an EAA chapter meeting said much of this is because of the shakeout in the insurance business with hurricanes, wildfires and all manners of loss and companies just getting out of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,043
Guys: Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I...

Guys:
Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I just happened to be reviewing 5.14 tonight with the 75-125 inch pound reference for 3/8" tubing (-6) when I noticed something.

That doesn't match...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,402
You should be good to go.

You should be good to go.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,131
Hung the engine

Hung the new Rotax 912iS today. One guy, one hour.

Back when I did N614EF with the IO-360M1B. Six guys, three hours. I'm liking the 12.

One thing I was curious about, given the way the 7A engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,091
Yep, gotta have dead trees in my hand. Heck, I...

Yep, gotta have dead trees in my hand. Heck, I still get an actual newspaper in the morning.

Ordered the paperback. Looking forward to sitting in the hangar reading it instead of getting work done...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-06-2020, 05:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,035
I'd buy your book, Mr. Chastain.

I'd buy your book, Mr. Chastain.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-05-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,279
I have one of those now. Hahahaha

I have one of those now. Hahahaha
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-05-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,279
Yeah I should've gone with the ball socket from...

Yeah I should've gone with the ball socket from the start. I was chasing a clean torque value, I guess.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-05-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,279
Giving it the old college try, I cut down the 8...

Giving it the old college try, I cut down the 8 mm Allen wrench to about 11/32, calculating the distance into the hole to the bolt, the distance into the bolt, and the distance into the 8 mm socket....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-05-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,279
Hmm, more measurements. There's a total of one...

Hmm, more measurements. There's a total of one inch to work with before the cylinder fins interfere. A socket adapter is one inch. Even if I got it so the socket was flush to the bushing, I couldn't...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-04-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,279
Torquing engine bolt in tiny space

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What is the tools-combination-of-choice for torquing down (or even...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-04-2020, 05:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,920
What's interesting to me is the way the...

What's interesting to me is the way the instructions hopscotch from one chapter to another. for example if I followed the instructions in the linear fashion, I would put the cowling on before I put...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,091
I"m looking forward to reading this. Dave is one...

I"m looking forward to reading this. Dave is one of the best writers I've ever encountered.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-02-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,920
What's the taped over hole in the pump fitting?

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KuS3lkOKKKs/Xv4Zi-qInkI/AAAAAAAA7lQ/MRSbcCk_t8IsOlsjoSde4aRpsO0Gf9yWQCK4BGAsYHg/d/pump.jpg

Finished up Section 27 of the RV-12iS and I didn't see any conclusion to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,153
Sticking to it

So I wrote something, to see if I was any good at it.

It's the story of a gentleman in Sarasota, who's been at it for 19 years and two marriages, both to the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,997
I remember talking to him and your mom. He was...

I remember talking to him and your mom.

He was in the Air Force back in the day wasn't he?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,997
The RV heroes among us

I'm fishing out old articles I've written that are no longer available on the Internet. This one, from March 2007, is as pertinent to me today as it was then. I haven't had stick time in an RV since...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,019
The question I pose isn't about perfection. It's...

The question I pose isn't about perfection. It's about understanding when good enough is good enough and being true to that standard and yourself.

It might be the most important skill.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,019
Given the number of things that broke in the...

Given the number of things that broke in the Wright Flyer before it flew a few feet, no.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,019
When is good enough good enough?

I got a really nice note this morning from a builder whom I won't identify because I don't have his permission to who stumbled across a message in the middle of an old,old thread...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 17,015
We had to cancel my mother's funeral. Her remains...

We had to cancel my mother's funeral. Her remains will be buried in a small ceremony attended by almost nobody.

It's funny how in the course of a few weeks, what disappoints you can change.

Good...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 51,170
That would be a neat trick since the FAA would be...

That would be a neat trick since the FAA would be basically arguing with the FAA.

https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/light_sport/media/lsa_cert_8july2013.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 51,170
Fix completed

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My new nose gear arrived today(new one on the right) and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 51,170
We're spoiled. It's absurd to question how Van's...

We're spoiled. It's absurd to question how Van's runs a business. Is there a problem with flying your RV-12 in the next 8 to 10 weeks?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 51,170
I have the finishing kit and apparently Section...

I have the finishing kit and apparently Section 46 does not come with the finishing kit. My nose gear and wheel, however is on, which I believe is Section 35 of the finishing kit (I'm going by...
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