Originally Posted by jersey
This is a serious problem!!!!!
Found upper left and lower left bolts finger tight. I removed all bolts and reinstalled with locktite blue. Cut a section of the cowl out to access the upper left. Reinstalled the cut out with nut plates and aluminum tabs for future inspections. I don't fully trust it yet. If anybody is interested, I will be glad to send photos via email.
You better believe this is a SERIOUS
problem. This issue is more than 1 week OLD and the only notification to those that have flying RV-12s has been via this website. This is indeed a SAFETY of FLIGHT
issue, as mentioned in the initial post, and notification to ALL RV-12 owners HAS NOT but should have been made by now. Many have found at least 1 capscrew loose. At least three or more have been flying with 2 of the 4 capscrews loose or missing.
A periodic inspection is NOT an acceptable solution because the condition has been discovered between the required 100 hour ROTAX inspection points.
As such, the required inspection MUST not be counted on, a critical situation may develop between the inspection points!!
Statistics dictate this is indeed a major problem. There are NOT that many RV-12s flying!
IMHO, notification to all is much more important rather than trying to find a solution and issuing the notification concurrently with the solution. We can try to notify all via this website, but, Van's has the complete list of RV-12 owners.
Please continue to report your findings to Van's at:
with "SAFETY ALERT" in the Subject Line