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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-19-2021, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 559
Posted By RFSchaller
If you have the original VDO sensor that might be...

If you have the original VDO sensor that might be the issue. Might also be a wiring connection going bad.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-15-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,577
Posted By RFSchaller
I wonder who they are rejecting, and why they...

I wonder who they are rejecting, and why they couldnít have just made the LODA apply to that group.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-14-2021, 11:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,017
Posted By RFSchaller
Not obvious to me that there is an ignition...

Not obvious to me that there is an ignition hazard when using a CCD sensor with an LED light source powered by 3V battery.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-14-2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By RFSchaller
Bummer, Randy. Not the sort of luck you want....

Bummer, Randy. Not the sort of luck you want. Reminds me of a trip back from OSH one year. I did the whole trek in one day to the Phoenix area only to have a student flip a 152 at the end of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-14-2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,728
Posted By RFSchaller
I was not enthusiastic about 20 gallons sitting...

I was not enthusiastic about 20 gallons sitting right behind me, but then I realized the WAR FW-190, Searey and Aventura HP I built also had the fuel tank in the cockpit. I donít give it much thought...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-13-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 897
Posted By RFSchaller
My advice would be get an A&P you trust to look...

My advice would be get an A&P you trust to look at your work. Iíve built 4 projects and found tech advisors are not all created equal. I had a couple who were great and one that wasted my time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-13-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,017
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím reluctant to mess with fuel tank fittings....

Iím reluctant to mess with fuel tank fittings. Seems to me every unfastening/ fastening operation invites a leak, so the borescope option is what I do.. along with a sniff test for leaks. Reminiscent...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-13-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,352
Posted By RFSchaller
Amen, Dave! Being about 54 days from my 70th...

Amen, Dave! Being about 54 days from my 70th birthday I am facing the reality that my flying days are numbered. Iíd rather spend them ďtouching the face of GodĒ than sweating in the PHX heat...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-13-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,577
Posted By RFSchaller
Randy, paraphrasing is dangerous, but I would...

Randy, paraphrasing is dangerous, but I would offer this sage advice: stay off the front page. I made a successful career out of it!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-13-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,175
Posted By RFSchaller
Even if it can be done it would seem there is...

Even if it can be done it would seem there is value in pulling the wheel and examining the axel spindle and tapered bearings.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-13-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By RFSchaller
I found the wheel pants to be a great aesthetic...

I found the wheel pants to be a great aesthetic value, but they were not worth the PITA associated with checking and adjusting air pressure. Another issue is that a flat tire makes it impossible to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 993
Posted By RFSchaller
The permanent magnet generator is rated at 240...

The permanent magnet generator is rated at 240 watts which at 14 volts is about 17 amps sustained load. My 12 draws about 7 amps for avionics, so your situation would seem to be at least 21 amps out...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,577
Posted By RFSchaller
Back in the 90ís when the USSR fell apart and all...

Back in the 90ís when the USSR fell apart and all the eastern bloc military hardware got into US private hands I got some dual in several different types. At the time the Perry Mason workarounds...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,577
Posted By RFSchaller
Well, a BFR consists of 1 hour ground plus air...

Well, a BFR consists of 1 hour ground plus air work. I guess the CFI could charge for ground instruction and throw in the flying for free.😎

I shoulda been a lawyer!😈
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,175
Posted By RFSchaller
Youíre selling yourself cheap, Jerry!😝

Youíre selling yourself cheap, Jerry!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 642
Posted By RFSchaller
I used stuff from Auto Zone. Havenít fallen out...

I used stuff from Auto Zone. Havenít fallen out of the atmosphere in the last 9 years or 1100+ hours.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 993
Posted By RFSchaller
My Cherokee has a load meter that shows the...

My Cherokee has a load meter that shows the alternator output. Unless things have changed from when I built my 12 our 12’s show battery flow (+ for charging and - for discharge). A brief indication...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2021, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 960
Posted By RFSchaller
Walt, they probably were viton as opposed to...

Walt, they probably were viton as opposed to silicone. Bottom line is they didnít work.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,577
Posted By RFSchaller
Once the FAA gets buried with LODA requests I’m...

Once the FAA gets buried with LODA requests I’m guessing there will be an accommodation made.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,197
Posted By RFSchaller
I would do a dye penetrant test with the powder...

I would do a dye penetrant test with the powder coat on. If it showed an indication I would carefully remove the powder coat layer by layer with a moto-tool and do another test after polishing the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,175
Posted By RFSchaller
Ray, just give them a call and they will set you...

Ray, just give them a call and they will set you up for the exchange program. The phone number is n the MATCO owner manual.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,175
Posted By RFSchaller
An arbor press old make things simpler if you are...

An arbor press old make things simpler if you are do-it-yourself guy.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,451
Posted By RFSchaller
In 1996 I paid $54K to build a 40 X 80 hangar at...

In 1996 I paid $54K to build a 40 X 80 hangar at my home field. Whoíd have thought it would almost keep pace with gold value! Maybe I wonít have to be a Walmart greeter!😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,595
Posted By RFSchaller
Maybe, Mike, but being an operator at heart (Navy...

Maybe, Mike, but being an operator at heart (Navy and Civilian nuke program) I tend to believe my indications. Once tried to transition a guy in 116F and he dawdled on taxi and run up. We ended up...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 960
Posted By RFSchaller
Put a dab of white grease on the gasket and it...

Put a dab of white grease on the gasket and it will stay in place during reassembly. I have about 5 annuals on my current paper gaskets and they donít leak.

I tried the silicone rubber gaskets and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-03-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,491
Posted By RFSchaller
The shop that painted mine painted the area with...

The shop that painted mine painted the area with nonskid paint. After about 9 1/2 years still looks good.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-29-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,595
Posted By RFSchaller
Mike, good point on nonlinearity of error, but...

Mike, good point on nonlinearity of error, but hard to believe that both CHT sensors (old style coolant sensors) and the oil T sensor are all in error.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-29-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,085
Posted By RFSchaller
I use a tape label maker with black letters on...

I use a tape label maker with black letters on clear tape. I apply the label and then spray over it with clear satin finish from a rattle can. Clean and permanent.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-29-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,175
Posted By RFSchaller
I opted for the MATCO exchange program. There is...

I opted for the MATCO exchange program. There is an initial fee for the first set you buy and then just send in the worn ones and get reclined pads back. The cost difference between each exchange and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,182
Posted By RFSchaller
I adjusted my elevator cable tension at annual. I...

I adjusted my elevator cable tension at annual. I guess they stretched a bit over 9 years. I noticed it as a ďsoft feelĒ in the elevator control.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,175
Posted By RFSchaller
Never mind, Gilda! 😜

Never mind, Gilda! 😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-22-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,595
Posted By RFSchaller
Scott, that picture speaks volumes, but mine was...

Scott, that picture speaks volumes, but mine was trimmed and smoothed to KAI.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-22-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,595
Posted By RFSchaller
Mike, Before I start up OAT and Oil T are within...

Mike,

Before I start up OAT and Oil T are within a few degrees. Iím confident the overheat is real.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,268
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, might not work for you, but mine sheared at...

Jim, might not work for you, but mine sheared at a point that left enough length to reinstall the longest length and still penetrate the spinner bushing. Kept me flying until the replacement arrived.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,595
Posted By RFSchaller
We are hitting 115F here in Phoenix. That means...

We are hitting 115F here in Phoenix. That means minimum operating oil temp is only 7 degrees higher. I canít fly if I get delayed n taxi and run up without flirting with redline CHT and Oil T on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-18-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,268
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, I had the same sheared pitot tube failure...

Jim, I had the same sheared pitot tube failure happen to me as I came into the pattern to land, but mine failed to zero. I have the old D180 and Garmin 396, so I just used the Garmin GS readout as a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,798
Posted By RFSchaller
I always assumed it was the total distance...

I always assumed it was the total distance travelled. That is, the peak to peak displacement times cycles per second.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,268
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a Searey that a bug decided to use as his...

I had a Searey that a bug decided to use as his home in the pitot tube. Didnít see anything on preflight, but it became pretty obvious on the takeoff roll when airspeed didnít come alive. What was...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,268
Posted By RFSchaller
I used the rubber bulb off a Rogaine eye dropper...

I used the rubber bulb off a Rogaine eye dropper with a REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT key chain fob as a flag. I got way more usefulness out of it as a pitot cover than as a hair restorative!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-12-2021, 10:08 PM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 3,762
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím guessing the CFI would be in hot water too.

Iím guessing the CFI would be in hot water too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 3,762
Posted By RFSchaller
When my OLs were issued the POH did not address...

When my OLs were issued the POH did not address IMC. The AWC is based on documentation effective at the time of issuance. Revising your OLs to every rev of the POH is a bit like the old ex post facto...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,175
Posted By RFSchaller
Run a PAPR check on the FAA site...

Run a PAPR check on the FAA site https://adsbperformance.faa.gov/PAPRRequest.aspx

Confirm it is actually failing.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,518
Posted By RFSchaller
I agree that all the solids can be squeezed, but...

I agree that all the solids can be squeezed, but a rivet gun made it easier o install the baggage floor rivets to the landing gear channel.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 3,762
Posted By RFSchaller
John, that is what perplexes me. Recently I have...

John, that is what perplexes me. Recently I have seen members discussing adherence to the POH in the ELSA OLs. My OLs were issued in March 2012 and are silent on the POH. Thatís why I think it would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,808
Posted By RFSchaller
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Jim!😜

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Jim!😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 941
Posted By RFSchaller
Let me guess. Is it the baggage area floor?

Let me guess. Is it the baggage area floor?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 24
IMC
Views: 3,762
Posted By RFSchaller
This seems to be a debate that comes up every 6...

This seems to be a debate that comes up every 6 months or so on the forum. I can tell you that I finished my ELSA RV-12 in 2012 and my OLs do not reference the POH, and they specifically allow IFR...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,808
Posted By RFSchaller
Norm, You forgot the ďcool factorĒ of three...

Norm,

You forgot the ďcool factorĒ of three blades!😝

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,223
Posted By RFSchaller
Mechanical seals usually do leak a little by...

Mechanical seals usually do leak a little by design.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,798
Posted By RFSchaller
The guy who did mine added one #6 machine screw...

The guy who did mine added one #6 machine screw to the spinner bulkhead. Hardly seemed worth the effort.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,104
Posted By RFSchaller
Today we had a scorcher in Phoenix. My iPad has...

Today we had a scorcher in Phoenix. My iPad has shutdown on hi temperature in the past so I bought the mount with two battery powered fans, and I have a couple of 5Ē X 7Ē plastic sunshades that are...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-03-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,377
Posted By RFSchaller
The rivet is in shear. The shop head is basically...

The rivet is in shear. The shop head is basically a retaining device to keep the rivet in the hole. I wouldnít worry about it. But yon can never go wrong replacing it unless you screw up drilling it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,323
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had students ask me what if I do this or...

I have had students ask me what if I do this or that bending the rules. My standard answer is, ďI donít know. Do you feel like being a test pilot? If you donít know the outcome you are a test pilot.Ē
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 759
Posted By RFSchaller
I did the same thing Don describes, but in the...

I did the same thing Don describes, but in the end I ended up on my scribe lines. I would still do it the same way.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-02-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,305
Posted By RFSchaller
I agree with Dabney. Itís not just about your...

I agree with Dabney. Itís not just about your financial burden. God forbid if an incident injured another party and you have no coverage - not just for your financial liability but for the injured...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2021, 11:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,092
Posted By RFSchaller
Best prep I did for building the 12 was the EAA...

Best prep I did for building the 12 was the EAA weekend course on RV building. They provided all the tools and the instructor was great.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-28-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By RFSchaller
Scott, couldn’t they solicit permission from Vans...

Scott, couldn’t they solicit permission from Vans to make this change and still be licensed ELSA if it’s approved?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-28-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,516
Posted By RFSchaller
Randy, at my age Iím not worried about selling...

Randy, at my age Iím not worried about selling mine. My guess is that when I have to stop flying Iíll donate it to a good cause.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-27-2021, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By RFSchaller
Not a bad idea. I hate messing with that bottom...

Not a bad idea. I hate messing with that bottom connection. Itís never leaked and I donít want to start one.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-27-2021, 10:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,516
Posted By RFSchaller
9 1/2 years since first flight and no primer...

9 1/2 years since first flight and no primer except as part of exterior painting process and the cockpit interior. No corrosion issues. One big qualifier: I live in AZ. Itís a dry heat.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,709
Posted By RFSchaller
My process was: 1. Try to insert by hand if no...

My process was:

1. Try to insert by hand if no go
2. Push in a center punch and twirl it to ensure hole alignment if no go
3. Try another rivet (donít know why it works, but sometimes it does) if no...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 952
Posted By RFSchaller
The first homebuilt I did was a plans built WAR...

The first homebuilt I did was a plans built WAR FW-190 with Cleveland brakes. When I put everything together both brakes dragged badly. I solved the problem with a .01Ē shim plate between the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,056
Posted By RFSchaller
Bradley, Depends on how the OL is written...

Bradley,

Depends on how the OL is written regarding the POH. If a specific document (e.g. Vans POH revision number) is incorporated by reference you lose the ability to change the POH.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,235
Posted By RFSchaller
Was the VDO sensor ever used on the R-12 for oil...

Was the VDO sensor ever used on the R-12 for oil pressure? My VDO fuel pressure sensor has hung in there for almost 10 years and 1100 hours. I had one Honeywell oil P sensor go bad and replaced it....
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