Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wheel pants! Finally!

Hey, guess what?  I finally got wheel pants on the plane, and now I can say that the plane is complete!  Recall the minor fiasco where my pants got swapped with my next-door-neighbor’s when they were both at the same paint shop?   Rather than having them (both sets) stripped and repainted, I just hired Joe (local A&P and fiberglass wizard) to trim & fit the pants in my colors onto my plane.  

I got to get out of the office and go fly yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find them installed and ready to go.   I’m waiting for Joe to let me know how much I owe him, but I really don’t care. I’m not a good fiberglass worker, and these things have been a thorn in my side for a long time, so now I’m just glad they’re done. 

By the way, I did pick up the predicted 6 kt in level flight (114 KIAS, 3000’, 3°C, 5400 RPM)


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The plane is complete!

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All three wheel pants!




Friday, September 29, 2017

trouble with wheel pants

I finally got the wheel pants back from the painter.  He does good work, but not quickly.  Unfortunately, I found a serious problem.  Take a look at these, and compare them to the image below (Nov 2016).  If you look at the cutouts, you can tell that these are not the same fairings.  It turns out that my next-hangar neighbor had his RV-14 painted just after my 12 was done.  Recall that my wheel pants were turned in for painting after the plane itself.  It also turns out that since the wheels are the same size, so are the fairings.  This means that both of our wheel pants were in the shop at the same time and—you guessed it—were painted the wrong colors and delivered to the wrong customer.

Steve (said neighbor) had Joe S (local A&P and fiberglass wizard) do the installation of the pants on the RV-14, so Joe didn’t realize that they weren’t what was already fit into place, he just fit my pants (painted white) onto Steve’s RV-14.

Chris said that the only thing to do was repaint both sets to be correct, and that’s what I thought had been going on for the last 3 weeks or so.  Not.  I ran into Steve a few days ago and my white pants are still on his RV-14.  I just decided to hire Joe to re-fit Steve’s pants (painted in my colors) onto my RV-12 and be done with it.  I’ll present the bill to Chris and see if he’ll pick it up (at least partially).  I just want the damn things on my plane so I can be finally finished with them.


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Steve’s wheel pants in my colors


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my original wheel pants (now on Steve’s plane)

Saturday, August 26, 2017


My son-in-law, Travis, joined me for a lunch trip to Butler.  Here, he’s flying back to Delaware and enjoying being a pilot!


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

H-10 joins H-11

not strictly on topic of the RV-12, here’s one of the things that I’ve been waiting for for several months.  The door is finally installed between the two hangars, allowing me the luxury of the most space of anyone on the airport (other than the group sharing the joint H1-H2 complex).  It took several rounds of negotiation with FulFab, the company that designed & built the hangars, but we finally had a joint date that worked for both of us. 



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Installing upper girt


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cutting through the wall


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From H-11 into H-10


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From H-10 looking into H-11

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Front Fairing, installed

Guess what?  Not even this step is without hassle.  Note the front strut is still naked.  You can’t put on the strut fairing after you put on the wheel fairing, so I had to undo / redo this step, too.


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More work on the front fairing.  Ironically, at the time of this posting (9/29/17) I’ve already purchased the upgraded front wheel fork and associated modification hardware for this wheel fairing.  This has got to be one of the more frustrating parts of the plane.  I just really don’t like working with fiberglass, and it appears that it doesn’t like working with me.


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Walter is a friend of mine who has been flying Cardinals and LSA’s.  He’s been following my RV progress and finally had his patience rewarded.  We had a nice flight and just enjoyed the scenery and generally wonderful flight characteristics of the -12.


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