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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By NinerBikes
I ordered 12 qts of this from Pep Boys, picked up...

I ordered 12 qts of this from Pep Boys, picked up 3 or 4 days later. Good price at $9.19 a qt.

DO NOT RUN this oil with 100LL fuel. Unleaded fuel...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By NinerBikes
You should pretty regularly get over at least 212...

You should pretty regularly get over at least 212 F / 100 C for a period of time to drive the moisture out of your motor oil as a by product of combustion of gasoline.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By NinerBikes
Attach a 1/2 oz fishing weight to some 20# mono...

Attach a 1/2 oz fishing weight to some 20# mono filament and drop it down. Attach wires and pull it back up. Similar to a plumb bob.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,215
Posted By NinerBikes
Seagull made that post. He was having problems...

Seagull made that post. He was having problems balancing the carbs on his RV-12, one of the throttle cables was a bit sticky. https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=187659
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By NinerBikes
Do you mean a coolant thermostat?

Do you mean a coolant thermostat?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,136
Posted By NinerBikes
I've noticed barometric pressure and temps have...

I've noticed barometric pressure and temps have an effect on the rpm's I get on takeoff and 75 kt climb out rate. 5150 to 5220 rpms at 75 kts. I also seem to gain rpm on hot days with higher...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,136
Posted By NinerBikes
Barometric pressure at airport on take off? 2995?...

Barometric pressure at airport on take off? 2995?
Air Temp? 23-25C
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,136
Posted By NinerBikes
https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/air-altitude-de...

https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/air-altitude-density-volume-d_195.html


Air density is 54.8% of that at sea level in kPa.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,453
Posted By NinerBikes
From page 4-42 of this...

From page 4-42 of this https://dynonavionics.com/public_html/yabbfiles/Attachments/101320-027_-_REV_AB_-_CUST_DOC_GUIDE_INSTALL_SKYVIEW.pdf



Glide Ring Setup

SkyView Classic (as of Software...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,756
Posted By NinerBikes
Does Van's still offer these for sale, bound, for...

Does Van's still offer these for sale, bound, for the RV-12 Legacy model?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,728
Posted By NinerBikes
Noted for glide ring settings: 63 kts best...

Noted for glide ring settings:

63 kts best distance, 59 kts, best amount of time left.

600 fpm descent rate.

I've seen one other estimate it at 560 fpm, don't know if that's from the book or...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-22-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,433
Posted By NinerBikes
Should you still tip if your RV-12 only required...

Should you still tip if your RV-12 only required 10 to 12 gallons to fill up, and you still need to do the bugs off the glass canopy yourself?

I hesitate to let them fill my plane up, the gas...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2020, 08:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,136
Posted By NinerBikes
Did you fly over San Jacincto mtn? That's...

Did you fly over San Jacincto mtn? That's impressive... was the throttle to the wall and only making 4990 rpm?

It's good to see some hours building up on these RV-12s Hobbs meters.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-21-2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 298
Posted By NinerBikes
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,361
Posted By NinerBikes
Just filled my main tires up for the lower air...

Just filled my main tires up for the lower air temps. Set to 28 psi.

I know it's going to be a lot colder and need air added again by late December, so I left the wheel pants off.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By NinerBikes
I went with the Curtis Oil Drain from California...

I went with the Curtis Oil Drain from California Power Specialties. My 912 uls was from 2011 or 2012. https://www.cps-parts.com/catalog/appages/curtisquickdv26.php
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2020, 09:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By NinerBikes
A link from a flight training school using...

A link from a flight training school using RV-12's in Idaho, and oil and gearbox wear from oil selection. https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=170165&highlight=gearbox
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By NinerBikes
2012 build 120212 One oil and filter change at...

2012 build 120212

One oil and filter change at 193 hours. I think I am at 217 hours now. Call it 24 hours Hobbs. Most flights 1 to 1.4 hours long. I just added 100 ml make up, of Mobil 1 Racing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 05:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,453
Posted By NinerBikes
ah... OK, not even close to using Auto Pilot or...

ah... OK, not even close to using Auto Pilot or Vnav yet. That explains what I am missing. I still need to plug in ft per minute descent for best glide rate and glide speed in so that I can get that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,453
Posted By NinerBikes
What am I missing by selecting an airport as a...

What am I missing by selecting an airport as a "Direct to" selection, and having the magenta "bug" show up on the altitude ribbon and keeping the needle in the magenta "bug" zone? Instead of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 11:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,453
Posted By NinerBikes
Looks like when you started descending at -200 ft...

Looks like when you started descending at -200 ft per minute, next to the elevation tape, the glide slope showed up next to the rosette. Also, the needle is smack dab now centered in the magenta...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,839
Posted By NinerBikes
Has anyone here that runs almost all Mogas, all...

Has anyone here that runs almost all Mogas, all the time, regardless of ethanol free to E-10, ever fouled a spark plug on a Rotax 912 ULS engine?

If so, how many hours did you run the plugs...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 806
Posted By NinerBikes
Check the rules, maybe post up some pics of your...

Check the rules, maybe post up some pics of your bird here if it's OK or in the For Sale section... use the links from a hosting sight to get your pics to show up here. Make sure you size them no...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By NinerBikes
Find a ham radio buddy to help you out with some...

Find a ham radio buddy to help you out with some scraps. I can almost guarantee they will have the parts already laying around. Some 22 gauge alarm wire and some spade lugs, right size male and or...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-15-2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,032
Posted By NinerBikes
At Full throttle, no flaperons, I try to get the...

At Full throttle, no flaperons, I try to get the nose just barely off the tarmac and level at 25 to 30 kts and hold it there just a teensy amount of back pressure, then rotate at 55 kts, climb out...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-15-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,032
Posted By NinerBikes
Your landings are pretty smooth. I have, in my...

Your landings are pretty smooth.

I have, in my 12 Legacy model, tried to find a trim setting before take off that doesn't require me to push too far forward right after rotation at 55 kts. That...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-13-2020, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 806
Posted By NinerBikes
Got a RV-12 you need to move

Have an 84 year old gent that's been peppering me and a friend about RV-12s for over a year now, and now he's looking to perhaps get one, a little frustrated with the quality of the past 3 builds...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-12-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,607
Posted By NinerBikes
Just a FYI... I noticed my tires looked a little...

Just a FYI... I noticed my tires looked a little lower this morning. Of course, the air temps in the fall are lower, than when I put new tires and tubes on the mains in early July, so the pressure...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-12-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,082
Posted By NinerBikes
Highway 190 and Father Crowley Outlook....

Highway 190 and Father Crowley Outlook....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-11-2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 675
Posted By NinerBikes
Hilbert Doug Dahl would know, he's built both a...

Hilbert Doug Dahl would know, he's built both a RV-12 and a Sling2. Not a lot of Sling 2 builders that have completed a Sling2... I know Doug built his E-AB, he wanted the 700 kg limit gross...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-11-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,777
Posted By NinerBikes
I would think that, at least on the E-LSA model...

I would think that, at least on the E-LSA model RV-12, that this would be a directive from Sensenich, not Van's? They build and manufacture the parts that would need balancing, that Van's buys and...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-11-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,683
Posted By NinerBikes
How is the situation in Kayenta currently, in...

How is the situation in Kayenta currently, in 2020. Any new recent developments?
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-11-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,357
Posted By NinerBikes
Would it be doable if you already had a couple...

Would it be doable if you already had a couple of 6 gallon plastic portable plastic fuel tanks on board, and hoofed it a couple of hundred yards from the pumps to the strip, thereby not mixing it up...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,532
Posted By NinerBikes
Where? In the wings? Aha, did a search, the...

Where? In the wings? Aha, did a search, the Turtle pac fuel tank option.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,015
Posted By NinerBikes
Heck, if it's not going right, too low, too slow,...

Heck, if it's not going right, too low, too slow, a bounce or a porpoise, just do a go around... an RV-12's landing gear package won't tolerate abuse like a Cessna 152 or 172. Gas and time is cheap,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,532
Posted By NinerBikes
I'd think if there are cars available short term...

I'd think if there are cars available short term at FBO's, I'd use them to fill up, and explain to the FBO that the motor in my LSA plane is made by a snowmobile and personal water craft engine...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,448
Posted By NinerBikes
Very much aware of that situation. Not much you...

Very much aware of that situation. Not much you can do, other than fly when it's the cooler part of the day or less crowded? Move up on the Plateau, near Flagstaff or Prescott?

It's much easier to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,448
Posted By NinerBikes
I request "clear for the option" from the...

I request "clear for the option" from the tower.

RV-12 here, not other RV models, so workload is simple.

Touch and goes are land, nosewheel down, full power, lift nose wheel above 30 kts, rotate...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-10-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,141
Posted By NinerBikes
Guess Roger Lee didn't see this bump? Was...

Guess Roger Lee didn't see this bump?

Was interested in where the Rotax running planes go to fill up with Mogas on this trip, in Page and other airports near mogas? The RV-12 has about 3.5 hours...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-09-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,204
Posted By NinerBikes
This was the whole reason I bought my RV-12 and...

This was the whole reason I bought my RV-12 and wanted to learn how to fly. To see Monument Valley from above.

In process of getting my Sport Pilot license to do so.


One day I'd like to get from...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-09-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,532
Posted By NinerBikes
Some folks have put in an Aux 6.5 gallon fuel...

Some folks have put in an Aux 6.5 gallon fuel tank and electric fuel pump to augment their XC range on their RV-12s. It does cut into your gross weight by adding about 60 pounds behind the pilot, so...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-09-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,169
Posted By NinerBikes
Friend had the same situation. A slight bit of...

Friend had the same situation. A slight bit of snugging of the fittings resolved the minute leak. We used a Crow's Foot wrench to get in there to do the snugging, bumped it twice, to get a minute...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-08-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,357
Posted By NinerBikes
Sounds like U34 might be a better stop, Vlad?...

Sounds like U34 might be a better stop, Vlad? Bring your portable fuel tanks? And getting transportation to and from fuel in town might take some doing?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 445
Posted By NinerBikes
Those throttle springs on the 912ULS

Ever since buying my 2012 RV-12 with a mere 168 hours on it this year, and having long legs, I've played it safe entering and exiting the cockpit of my plane and push the throttle to a full throttle...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 942
Posted By NinerBikes
Don't forget, also, a new service bulletin came...

Don't forget, also, a new service bulletin came out on Oct 7th, 2020, requiring a new sheath underneath the new coil springs that sit around the shaft of the butterfly of the carburetors, that needs...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2020, 11:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 942
Posted By NinerBikes
Can you lubricate the throttle cables inside the...

Can you lubricate the throttle cables inside the housing with some LP-2 ? Short of that, new throttle cables are, I think $225 to $250 to replace. Have you also checked the brass throttle stops,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,015
Posted By NinerBikes
Something so far not mentioned... where your idle...

Something so far not mentioned... where your idle speed rpms is set, all warmed up, has a big effect on your air speed for approach to land, with the throttle pulled back to idle. Make sure it's...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 10-07-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 628
Views: 201,116
Posted By NinerBikes
If the Rotax 915 iS at 141 HP wasn't so expensive...

If the Rotax 915 iS at 141 HP wasn't so expensive compared to a Lycoming 235 or 320, I'd think it's the perfect mate for Van's to offer in a 9A or a newer model, like the 12, but Vne higher rated and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,532
Posted By NinerBikes
https://www.autofuelstc.com/mogas_locations.phtml

https://www.autofuelstc.com/mogas_locations.phtml
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-06-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,015
Posted By NinerBikes
I'm a student, currently getting instruction in...

I'm a student, currently getting instruction in my own RV-12. Van's recommends 1.3x S0 and S1.

If there's crosswinds over 5 kts, I do approaches at about 65 kts on final, near the full gross 1320. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-05-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,532
Posted By NinerBikes
In the Mogas camp here. Previous owner did 170...

In the Mogas camp here.

Previous owner did 170 hours on Mogas in SC since 2012.

I've talked to a couple of performance guys that make big bore kit's and cams for Rotax 912ULS and 912 UL's, and to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-04-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,653
Posted By NinerBikes
There are new materials out, some folks talk...

There are new materials out, some folks talk about "wrapping" their plane instead of putting paint on it. Perhaps a better value? Removable too, if you get sick of the scheme, or want to sell it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-04-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 12,999
Posted By NinerBikes
Maybe then, someone can explain to me, then, why...

Maybe then, someone can explain to me, then, why I'm not reading about the Rotax 912 ULS in my RV-12 having corrosion problems in the engine.

Why do they promote it as a sealed crankcase system,...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-03-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,357
Posted By NinerBikes
So what's the verdict? How slow can you land and...

So what's the verdict? How slow can you land and how many ft of road do you have to work with?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-03-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,941
Posted By NinerBikes
SeaGull is close by, to you I think.... not sure...

SeaGull is close by, to you I think.... not sure where he's going for lunch these days, or if he does evening flights. He has a very, very well equipped -12, maybe catch up with him?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-03-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,491
Posted By NinerBikes
An 84 year old goes out and buys a used...

An 84 year old goes out and buys a used Experimental RV-12. He has his PPL and 6000 + hours. He needs to get 2 to 5 hours dual in a RV-12 so he can fly his plane back home, with insurance in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-02-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,941
Posted By NinerBikes
Yes, new instructor, and quite satisfied with his...

Yes, new instructor, and quite satisfied with his method of teaching. Been taking 1.5 to 2 hours of lessons dual instruction flying, and getting much more learning/ practice in per session. This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,818
Posted By NinerBikes
This is the route I'm going down... Bought my...

This is the route I'm going down... Bought my RV-12, being trained in my RV-12 for my pilot's license, and I hope to make 100 hours minimum, per year, to make owning the RV-12 viable and cost...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-02-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,941
Posted By NinerBikes
If I knew what I was doing with fiberglass work,...

If I knew what I was doing with fiberglass work, I'd cut the lower cowling plenum, reglass it and move the oil cooler another inch farther forward. It would fix the heat problem in the summer, but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-01-2020, 11:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,941
Posted By NinerBikes
If "it" is air temps, usually 33 to 36 C by 11 AM...

If "it" is air temps, usually 33 to 36 C by 11 AM on Thursday, Santa Ana wind conditions.


Monday night, out of CMA with 5000 rpm 85 to 90 KT at 350 fpm climb rate, 10 gals left, about 50# under...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-01-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,688
Posted By NinerBikes
What pitch value did you end up at? Engine RPM's...

What pitch value did you end up at? Engine RPM's at Vy climb rate of 75 kts?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-01-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,941
Posted By NinerBikes
Good advice. Lessons on hold again... night...

Good advice.

Lessons on hold again... night flight and landings on Monday got shut down when the cloud cover started rolling in after 5 touch and go's at KCMA. Instructor also got me some experience...
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