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Old 12-15-2015, 01:30 PM
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Default Condition Inspection - Trick Learned



I'm about 2/3rds of the way thru the condition inspection and I discovered a little trick that, at least I, didn't know about before. You know how difficult it is to get the bowl off of the Andair gascolator on the -12? Well, pulling it off has always been difficult for me........until my brain checked in. I realized that I was pulling against a vacuum in the fuel system. Once I pressed and held in the drain valve, the bowl slide right off into my hand. DUH!! Thought I'd pass this along in case you hadn't heard of this either.

Haven't found much of anything so far, just a loose stop nut. I'll be moving on to the 200 hr Rotax maintenance items next.
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:56 PM
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Wing removal as part of an annual---------that is a bit different.

Good tip on the vacuum/drain valve.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:00 PM
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Yup

I have mentioned it here before, and I think it has been added to the RV-12 Maint. Manual.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:42 PM
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Beautiful plane there Randy!
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Old 12-15-2015, 04:26 PM
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Indeed - a very good tip, although the 12's gascolator is not an Andair one but appears to be manufactured by Usher:

Usher Gascolator

Andair ones do come apart much easier...!
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Old 12-15-2015, 04:39 PM
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Wing removal as part of an annual---------that is a bit different.
It's required for the -12. Need to check electrical connections, flaperon connections, spar pins, etc..
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Old 12-15-2015, 06:46 PM
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Default Beautiful Paint there Randy!

Man, I sure admire your scheme, colors, and paintsmanship!
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:57 PM
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Yeah how about a larger picture?

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Old 12-15-2015, 08:06 PM
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I agree with Chief Warrant Officer Don, Randy.
Beautiful paint job!
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:15 PM
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Good tip, hope I remember it next year!
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