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Forum: Florida (South) 04-15-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 498
Posted By f1rocket
When I went, I called Navy Approach and they took...

When I went, I called Navy Approach and they took me through their airspace and handed me off to the tower. When I left, Navy told me to stay VFR and clear of them. Long story short, it depends if...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-15-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 543
Posted By f1rocket
John Stahr of Artistic Aviation is now living in...

John Stahr of Artistic Aviation is now living in Florida and regardless, he will travel to your location. You’ll find him next to Van’s display at Sun-n-Fun or you can find his email online
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,531
Posted By f1rocket
Flying Passion - A Cautionary Tale

I will try and keep this as brief as I can. If you are a current builder and not flying much, or the owner of a finished bird and you fly less than 50 hours per year, this tale is for you.

Like...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,032
Posted By f1rocket
Just something to check, look at where the end of...

Just something to check, look at where the end of your crankcase vent is situated. If you are pressurizing your crankcase through the breather tube, you will force oil out of various locations on the...
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,225
Posted By f1rocket
When I wrote my response I KNEW that Vans...

When I wrote my response I KNEW that Vans recommended slight toe in. I could not disagree more. We could rehash all the engineering logic but there’s no point to it. To each their own. Do what works...
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2020, 05:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,225
Posted By f1rocket
No you don’t need to Jack up the airplane but I...

No you don’t need to Jack up the airplane but I would measure the toe with the airplane in the landing configuration, weighted to your typical operational weight, with the mains on grease...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-28-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,267
Posted By f1rocket
Somewhere around 2001 on, Nissan had a silver for...

Somewhere around 2001 on, Nissan had a silver for the 350Z called “Liquid Aluminum”. It was pretty amazing as I recall.
Forum: RV-14 12-28-2020, 05:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,225
Posted By f1rocket
Just FYI, your problem is not caused by the...

Just FYI, your problem is not caused by the camber. It’s caused by too much toe in. Get a laser tool, level the airframe and measure the actual amount of toe in/out of each wheel. Then order the...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-02-2020, 05:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,700
Posted By f1rocket
That is close to the way wheelpants are designed...

That is close to the way wheelpants are designed on the Rutan designs. My Long-EZ wheelpants were one piece with the inside circular part hard mounted to the gear leg via a bracket and a single bolt...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-05-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,122
Posted By f1rocket
Flew an RV12 from Oregon to Indiana. If you can...

Flew an RV12 from Oregon to Indiana. If you can find a good path to Boise, the route through Pocatello and down through central Wyoming is easy. Of course it all depends on the weather and winds....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,397
Posted By f1rocket
IMO it’s important to establish 55 kits on final...

IMO it’s important to establish 55 kits on final with full flaps extended. Going slower just reduces the margin of safety. Higher is okay if you have the runway but you’re going to put stress on the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-07-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,316
Posted By f1rocket
Red master, blue for systems, green for lights. ...

Red master, blue for systems, green for lights. The switches were on my side panel in my Rocket and it was easy to know where the light switches were without twisting my head to read the switch...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-02-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,916
Posted By f1rocket
Of course, it depends on the options. Most used...

Of course, it depends on the options. Most used -12s are selling for less than or right at parts cost. The iS model put a dent in the used, older models no doubt. Do you want what you want (build)...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-24-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,144
Posted By f1rocket
I?ve flown East to west through New Mexico 3...

I?ve flown East to west through New Mexico 3 times and it has kicked my butt every time. I know the air there must be smooth sometime, I?ve just NEVER experienced it.
Forum: RV-10 06-03-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By f1rocket
Boy, I bet the owner of my Long-EZ is going to be...

Boy, I bet the owner of my Long-EZ is going to be surprised to hear that!!

Obviously it depends on the type of epoxy. All the airplanes Burt Rutan built were done so with Safe-t-poxy including the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-28-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,730
Posted By f1rocket
Yea, you better stay away from that nasty...

Yea, you better stay away from that nasty "automotive" paint.:cool:

http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com/Pictures/paint50.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 04:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 32,101
Posted By f1rocket
You?re welcome. Been 15 years since I first...

You?re welcome. Been 15 years since I first posted this but glad some folks are still benefiting.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-02-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,604
Posted By f1rocket
John is one of the very best, hands down, and...

John is one of the very best, hands down, and just a great guy to work with. I?m proud to call him my friend.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,145
Posted By f1rocket
No one has mentioned insurance cost. A few years...

No one has mentioned insurance cost. A few years back I could afford a Cirrus until I got an insurance quote. Forget it. I?m sure it?s even higher now.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-21-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,696
Posted By f1rocket
John Stahr is right up the coast from you in...

John Stahr is right up the coast from you in Eugene, OR. Www.artisticaviation.com.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-18-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,291
Posted By f1rocket
Hensley is a great place with s lot of great...

Hensley is a great place with s lot of great aviation guys. Your neighbor, William Morgan owns my F1 Rocket.
Forum: RV-14 10-12-2019, 06:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,718
Posted By f1rocket
The first thing I would try is to simply proseal...

The first thing I would try is to simply proseal on a length of J-channel into the bay. That?s assuming you can get a hand in there.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-26-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,230
Posted By f1rocket
Yes. That?s the completed weight with all the...

Yes. That?s the completed weight with all the options including leather interior.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-25-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,181
Posted By f1rocket
Yep it worked out well.

Yep it worked out well.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-24-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,230
Posted By f1rocket
Mine was 749 without paint and zero primer. After...

Mine was 749 without paint and zero primer. After paint it was 762 IIRC.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-24-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,181
Posted By f1rocket
Beat me to it. Thanks for the compliment too.

Beat me to it. Thanks for the compliment too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 784
Posted By f1rocket
http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com/Pictures/emp...

http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com/Pictures/emp39.jpg

What David said. Spend the time to tweak the angles to get a smooth finish once it’s riveted.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-22-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 784
Posted By f1rocket
If you are referring to the bulkheads, lay them...

If you are referring to the bulkheads, lay them on a table with the flange up and lightly flute them between the rivet holes until it lays flat on the table.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2019, 06:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 880
Posted By f1rocket
When John Stahr painted my 12, we took a...

When John Stahr painted my 12, we took a scotchbright wheel in an air drill and hit every rivet head from two directions, 90 degrees apart. He then sanded the aluminum in between the rivet rows with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,303
Posted By f1rocket
Yep, my mine blew when the VR went TU.

Yep, my mine blew when the VR went TU.
Forum: Midwest 09-17-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,871
Posted By f1rocket
As a follow up, I showed proof that I paid out of...

As a follow up, I showed proof that I paid out of state sales tax in my tax return during the years i built. They did not charge me when I registered.
Forum: Rocket 09-16-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,705
Posted By f1rocket
The two most effective mods to improve cooling...

The two most effective mods to improve cooling are to smooth out the top side of each inlet on the inside of the cowl and to add a plenum. There is plenty of air coming in, it?s just that too much of...
Forum: Midwest 09-16-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,871
Posted By f1rocket
You will owe sales tax when you register the...

You will owe sales tax when you register the airplane with the FAA. The Dept of Revenue gets a data feed from the FAA. They will send you a letter and you will need to show proof that you can paid...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,461
Posted By f1rocket
Different people react differently. Some respond...

Different people react differently. Some respond real negatively if you tell them someone else is interested. They think they’re being manipulated. I think handling it the same as a real estate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,461
Posted By f1rocket
I have a contract that I make all potential...

I have a contract that I make all potential buyers sign. The deposit ($5k) is fully refundable if I sell it to someone else but I give them the right of first refusal to match any offer. Some will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 04:35 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,461
Posted By f1rocket
Just to add a little perspective to my story, my...

Just to add a little perspective to my story, my sale went down about a month after I had a previous interaction that didn’t go so well. I had a bunch of interested buyers from AirVenture. When I got...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,461
Posted By f1rocket
So since we are talking buyers etiquette here,...

So since we are talking buyers etiquette here, let me pass this example by you and tell me what you would do. This happened to me on the sale of my RV12 and I still feel bad about it.

Buyer one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,648
Posted By f1rocket
I?ve done it both ways. First rocket had dual...

I?ve done it both ways. First rocket had dual alternators. Second one had two batteries. With some boat parts to control the charging between the two batteries, the wiring and the ?thinking? part...
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 47,318
Posted By f1rocket
On all my builds I found wing construction the...

On all my builds I found wing construction the most tedious, repetitive, and least fun part of the build. I would suggest getting another part of the build going like the fuselage. I usually had two...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-17-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,766
Posted By f1rocket
Call John Stahr at Artistic Aviation in Eugene,...

Call John Stahr at Artistic Aviation in Eugene, OR.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,055
Posted By f1rocket
Hey Boss, you wouldn?t happen to have any...

Hey Boss, you wouldn?t happen to have any documentation on Bob?s trim module would you? That?s what he is ultimately after.
Forum: Painting your RV 07-27-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Posted By f1rocket
My RV12 is hardly a flying mural. He just...

My RV12 is hardly a flying mural. He just implements whatever the customer wants.

I?m sure you can?t go wrong with either one
Forum: Painting your RV 07-26-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Posted By f1rocket
Give John Stahr a call. He will travel to you and...

Give John Stahr a call. He will travel to you and he?s much more reasonable than people think. Hands down he?s the best painter of airplanes in the US.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-15-2019, 04:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,439
Posted By f1rocket
A few years back, I had the same network error....

A few years back, I had the same network error. After tearing my wiring apart and finding nothing, I concluded it was the engine monitor black box. Called Dynon, they were not convinced. I finally...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 928
Posted By f1rocket
Glad to see Jim’s Rocket find a great home. I saw...

Glad to see Jim’s Rocket find a great home. I saw that it was for sale. You’ll not find a finer flying Rocket anywhere. Jim was a great guy and a good friend. I miss him.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,839
Posted By f1rocket
It may look complicated but it is just one step...

It may look complicated but it is just one step after another until there?s no more steps. Trust me, you can do it. If you get stuck there?s plenty of help here or builders near you who would be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-25-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,341
Posted By f1rocket
Baloney. I've been to 42 of the 48 lower states...

Baloney. I've been to 42 of the 48 lower states in mine before I retired from flying due to medical issues. I've owned Rockets, RVs, and LSAs. I thought the RV12 was one of the most enjoyable...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-21-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,773
Posted By f1rocket
I just seating the spring in some RTV on the cowl...

I just seating the spring in some RTV on the cowl and monitored it. It never got worse in three years.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-08-2018, 04:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,039
Posted By f1rocket
Just another data point for you to consider. ...

Just another data point for you to consider. When I finished my -12, I hadn't flown in about 2 years but I had over 600 hours in RVs and Rockets. I took my BFR in a Piper 140 and you'd have thought...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-02-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,229
Posted By f1rocket
Yes, you have to change the upward limit. I just...

Yes, you have to change the upward limit. I just bumped mine up to get rid of the nuisance warnings. I don't recall exactly, but it was either 14.8 or 15.0. If it "runs away", it will go much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,123
Posted By f1rocket
Moved out of my aviation house in November. I...

Moved out of my aviation house in November. I did the same thing. I kept a few sheet pieces but took the rest to the scrap yard. It was hard to do. I started my RV-6 in 1996. The Long-EZ was...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-19-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,082
Posted By f1rocket
For those local who might be interested in...

For those local who might be interested in attending, here's Jim's obit:
James O. Winings

Indianapolis - James O. Winings, 86, went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2018. He was the beloved husband...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-16-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,082
Posted By f1rocket
Jim was everything Vince said and more. Jim made...

Jim was everything Vince said and more. Jim made the first flight of my RV-12 not because I couldn't do it, but because Jim wanted to. He was proud of the fact that he had made first flights in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-12-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 67,327
Posted By f1rocket
I've posted this before but this seems like a...

I've posted this before but this seems like a good place to post it again.

Remove your existing seals. Place paper clips all along the perimeter of your baffling so they stand tall and will hit the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2018, 06:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,516
Posted By f1rocket
Go to my website and you can see the entire...

Go to my website and you can see the entire construction of the -12 along with my trip out to Eugene to get it painted. www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com

With just looking at the pictures and the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-04-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,516
Posted By f1rocket
I don?t know Scott or the airplane personally....

I don?t know Scott or the airplane personally. I?d be happy to go take a look at it for you if you?d like. If so send me an IM with a list of what you?d like me to check out.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-04-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,516
Posted By f1rocket
Where in Indiana? Is it Scott Haywood's -12 at...

Where in Indiana? Is it Scott Haywood's -12 at Greenwood?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,116
Posted By f1rocket
I built my first airplane, a Long-EZ, in a one...

I built my first airplane, a Long-EZ, in a one car garage and STILL parked my 280ZX in it!! I developed a hoist system to pull the fuselage up enough so the car would fit under it.

Anything is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,116
Posted By f1rocket
This thread's been done...

This thread's been done before.

http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com/Pictures/mancave07.JPG ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,340
Posted By f1rocket
Yes. That is a picture of my first F1 Rocket...

Yes. That is a picture of my first F1 Rocket wing going together.
Forum: Safety 01-25-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,963
Posted By f1rocket
Radon is a risk for other forms of cancer as...

Radon is a risk for other forms of cancer as well. I discovered high levels in one of my houses by accident. I build two of my airplanes in that house and my Oncologist believes it is the leading...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-04-2018, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,646
Posted By f1rocket
I had my -12 balanced down here in Indy if you...

I had my -12 balanced down here in Indy if you want to come this far However, the prop was in perfect balance out of the box. No need for any weights.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-30-2017, 06:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,619
Posted By f1rocket
It answers the question of why it only happens...

It answers the question of why it only happens when you are flying, but can't find it running on the ground, if that turns out to be the case.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-29-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,619
Posted By f1rocket
My guess is that you might be over-pressurizing...

My guess is that you might be over-pressurizing the crankcase through the crankcase vent. Not sure what your vent looks like but you might try pointing it aft instead of on the exhaust pipe.

I did...
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