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Forum: RV-9/9A 11-25-2022, 11:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,296
Posted By BTG1996
Still testing

I am really hopeful that the RV16 will be a xc machine with the Rv9 wing and a Rv14'ish cockpit. Looks like this thing is turning ~170ktas at altitude with 1,400 fpm climb all the way up. I'm sure...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2022, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,611
Posted By BTG1996
Thanks Bob!

Thanks Bob!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2022, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,611
Posted By BTG1996
Is this right?

Reviving a very old post...couldn't find any other info. I know a lot of RV12is wing kits shipped this summer so hopefully several are past this stage.

I figured out the different meaning of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-07-2022, 07:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,704
Posted By BTG1996
Sweeeeet!

Just convinced me to go with vinyl....hopefully prices on the 2080 will come down some (yeah right).

Great job!
Forum: Polishing your RV 07-14-2022, 05:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,320
Posted By BTG1996
Nice work man- beautiful plane!

Nice work man- beautiful plane!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-11-2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
The RV Grin is real

Just got my wing kit and can't stop smiling....haven't even pulled a rivet yet. Hahaha.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-08-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
Kit delivery scheduled!

Just scheduled dropoff with ABF. Wing kit was $1,029 to San Antonio, TX so kind of on the lower end of $900-$1,300 estimate.
Forum: Texas (South) 06-30-2022, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By BTG1996
I should have included that as a commission on...

I should have included that as a commission on the referral I'd love a ride in the RV14 if you connect with Ken and he gets it running. :D
Forum: Texas (South) 06-30-2022, 01:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By BTG1996
Try Ken at...

Try Ken at https://kensmobilemechanics.com/Kens_Mobile_Mechanics/Home.html

He's in Lockhart which is pretty close to San Marcos. I used to be in a flying club there and he did all the maintenance...
Forum: Reviews 06-23-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,608
Posted By BTG1996
The quality of the RV10's ya'll crank out is...

The quality of the RV10's ya'll crank out is inspiring- I hope I enjoy building the RV12is and get the confidence to attempt that project.

Congrats on a beautiful airplane.
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-19-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,861
Posted By BTG1996
Would be cool if Vans would make the RV16 to be a...

Would be cool if Vans would make the RV16 to be a 2+2 designed around the UL Power 520T. Perfect for people who either occasionally need four seats and/or want more storage (ie. golf clubs) than the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-14-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
I ordered a fuselage in February and haven't...

I ordered a fuselage in February and haven't heard anything yet....Looking forward to the Wing and Tail with the rest of the crew tho.

It looks like things are moving- very exciting!
Forum: RV-10 06-13-2022, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,979
Posted By BTG1996
This.....exactly. Ross always has good takes on...

This.....exactly. Ross always has good takes on these kinds of things.

From a non-expert perspective, I've seen Chevy engines run flawlessly on Wakeboard boats, pulling 3,000-4,000 rpm's under...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-01-2022, 10:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,296
Posted By BTG1996
Did you notice the 1,200-1,400fpm climb from 14k...

Did you notice the 1,200-1,400fpm climb from 14k to 17k? WOW!

I hope they build a new cross-country airplane around that engine- the RV16 will be a great second plane for me to build. :)
Forum: RV-15 05-25-2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 23,516
Posted By BTG1996
I love it

This is how businesses stay great- employees are everything. Awesome move Greg- kudos to you and the management team.

Don't give away details, but how was the movie? I'm looking forward to that one!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-24-2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 669
Posted By BTG1996
You can add aftermarket fuel injection from Edge...

You can add aftermarket fuel injection from Edge Performance. I've never heard anything bad about them and their kit looks to be very high quality. I think it gets you to around 105hp.

Call Mike @...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,295
Posted By BTG1996
There's some seriously inspirational stuff on...

There's some seriously inspirational stuff on this thread- love it.

Did a look at GAMA production stats....for Q1 '22 Cessna made 20 Skyhawks and 9 Skylanes....Cirrus only delivered 8 SR-20's and 60...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-20-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
Defer kit shipment?

Holy cow- the numbers on that page made me spit up my coffee. Adding up all shipping costs to Central US puts the full RV12is kit at about $5,800.

Does anyone know if Vans lets you defer shipment...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-13-2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 898
Posted By BTG1996
I'm in South Texas, but I second this experience-...

I'm in South Texas, but I second this experience- ramp spot was $50/mo and anyone on the ramp gets first shot at hangars that come open. They come open more often than you'd think given the long...
Forum: Propellers 05-01-2022, 09:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,593
Posted By BTG1996
Great PIREP

Really cool information- thanks for posting!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-27-2022, 10:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 65,892
Posted By BTG1996
This is absolutely brilliant- can't believe I...

This is absolutely brilliant- can't believe I never thought of it. I usually try to stick to the 25 hour/4 month interval due to the acids....and feel like it's a waste to change the filter with ~20...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2022, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,198
Posted By BTG1996
Thanks Tom- great info! After researching...

Thanks Tom- great info!

After researching further I think I'm pretty much convinced on not adding the complexity and cost....especially when I started looking at the rv12is poh and saw the yellow...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-03-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,198
Posted By BTG1996
E-Prop- constant speed prop for Rotax

I completely understand that an in-flight adjustable prop will take an RV12is out of ELSA regs, it will have to initially be registered as EAB and can never be flown as an ELSA.

Has anyone looked...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-03-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By BTG1996
I have the FreeFlight Rngr in my 172 and not sure...

I have the FreeFlight Rngr in my 172 and not sure on the wiring set up, but wanted to pass along to make sure that you have the latest software update. When I bought the plane it didn't and about...
Forum: Tools 03-28-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,049
Posted By BTG1996
I bought this one after reading good...

I bought this one after reading good reviews...won't be using it for another few months, but looks good sitting on my workbench. Will report back after...
Forum: Safety 03-23-2022, 01:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,724
Posted By BTG1996
Bookmarked! Thanks Paul. FWIW I'm a Kitplanes...

Bookmarked! Thanks Paul. FWIW I'm a Kitplanes subscriber. :)
Forum: Safety 03-23-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,724
Posted By BTG1996
This would be great!

This would be great!
Forum: Safety 03-22-2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,724
Posted By BTG1996
Heat

Wouldn't such restricted flow cause the engine to run hot and incrementally hotter for several hours prior to failure? Seems like the carbon build up would have gotten worst over time and the oil...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-22-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,525
Posted By BTG1996
Baahahaha

Classic.

Now ask about priming internal parts. :eek:
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,004
Posted By BTG1996
I'm gonna use the prefab'd ones from these guys-...

I'm gonna use the prefab'd ones from these guys- got to be a time saver and will produce better results than I can.

A little spendy, but.....airplanes.

https://aircraftspecialty.com/rv12iS.html
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
Batches Updated

They must have set up a bunch of RV12is production runs- two of my kits updated today.

Fuselage ordered in July- Crating Jul 11 2022 - Aug 1 2022

Wings ordered in August- Crating May 20 2022 - Jun...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-04-2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,851
Posted By BTG1996
Awesome project- very cool to see the bleeding...

Awesome project- very cool to see the bleeding edge stuff- thanks for posting!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2022, 10:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,107
Posted By BTG1996
I was planning to use an EAA loan for...

I was planning to use an EAA loan for avionics/engine....I guess the game-plan now is to use an alternative loan (Home Equity, 401k, etc) for the kit and then refi once the plane is airworthy....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-22-2022, 10:42 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 55,139
Posted By BTG1996
I'm very surprised that the skins alone can...

I'm very surprised that the skins alone can support 200lbs- makes me more confident in that little airplane. I'm at 190lbs and not getting lighter as I age, so glad I haven't received my tail kit...
Forum: RV-14 02-14-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 192,369
Posted By BTG1996
Absolutely gorgeous paint. Ya'll are making some...

Absolutely gorgeous paint. Ya'll are making some incredible airplanes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,779
Posted By BTG1996
I have no data other than what I've read, which...

I have no data other than what I've read, which are mostly other's opinions, but it is interesting that a certified G5 costs $2,395 and an experimental version is $1,340 (about 44% less than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2022, 10:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,779
Posted By BTG1996
Talking So true- overall cost one of the main reasons I'm...

So true- overall cost one of the main reasons I'm building an rv12is....initial cost is a factor, but so are operating/maintenance expenses....filling up my meager 172's smallish tanks now costs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,779
Posted By BTG1996
I read these reports and am often utterly shocked...

I read these reports and am often utterly shocked at the pilot decision making.

I don't know what would make me decide to fly half a wing above the runway on a high speed pass or do a 60 degree...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,779
Posted By BTG1996
Lawyers

I read somewhere that 30%-50% of the cost of a certified plane is for the insurance needed to protect against litigation....for what it almost always user error, lack of maintenance, etc. If that's...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-05-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,740
Posted By BTG1996
Beautiful shine on those Mikeyb- you've inspired...

Beautiful shine on those Mikeyb- you've inspired me to give it a shot.

I don't think I'll have to worry about consistency over time as long as I use a common color from supplier mass producing....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
Perfect- I think I'll do the pickup and save the...

Perfect- I think I'll do the pickup and save the money too. Looks like they are starting to make up some ground!
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,740
Posted By BTG1996
I'm definitely going to stick with a standard...

I'm definitely going to stick with a standard color for simplicity/uniformity for a first project.

Great idea on having it split into quarts and rotating cans.

I appreciate all the advice!
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,740
Posted By BTG1996
Thinking something like this with brighter...

Thinking something like this with brighter accents (leaning toward green or red, but not sure). There are a couple similar at the airfield I fly out of and think it would look good on a vfr 12 and be...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2022, 02:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,740
Posted By BTG1996
Thanks for the input! I'll post pics if/when it...

Thanks for the input!

I'll post pics if/when it happens. Sounds like Deltron auto paint is a popular option- might do that and break it up into two sesssions- tail/wings and fuselage/cowling to...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2022, 02:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,740
Posted By BTG1996
That helps- thanks! And kudos on your paint job-...

That helps- thanks! And kudos on your paint job- looks awesome.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2022, 10:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,740
Posted By BTG1996
Painting as each kit is finished?

First time builder here.

It looks like I'm gonna have significant downtime between kit deliveries. Is there any downside (other than setup/cleanup) to painting as I finish each kit? Does paint...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2022, 10:16 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
Any chance that kit would fit in the back of an...

Any chance that kit would fit in the back of an F150 or did you have to have a trailer?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2022, 09:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,609
Posted By BTG1996
Best thing I've heard regarding my build is that...

Best thing I've heard regarding my build is that Mel is in Texas. Please don't retire in the next 2-3 years. Haha.
Forum: RV-15 01-30-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,742
Posted By BTG1996
So true- one of the many reasons I'm looking...

So true- one of the many reasons I'm looking forward to getting the RV12is going is that the cabin on that little plane is wider than my 172....not much, but still. If that build doesn't take me...
Forum: RV-15 01-29-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,742
Posted By BTG1996
Agreed!

I think Jay is right. RV15 will be a 175 and RV15A will replace 172....but with a stick, more spacious cabin, RV10ish useful load, and about 20 kts more in cruise.

A real four place, high-wing that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-27-2022, 11:45 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
There's hope!

That gives me some hope that freight will moderate somewhat by the time my tail kit ships...ordered in August, so expecting April/May.

Hang in there everybody.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-27-2022, 10:31 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 31,545
Posted By BTG1996
Shipping costs- OMG

I know Vans isn't at fault for shipping costs but as an FYI to all. I was told today that my shipping cost is $1326.00 to NY. That's only for the tail kit, a kit that cost me $3800 +/-


Holy...
Forum: Safety 01-18-2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,467
Posted By BTG1996
Always great info

"One thing I invested in which I use when flying over about 7500ft is an oxygen concentrator. I have the inogen g5, and it will help keep your head clear well up into the teens. I got it "used but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2022, 07:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,356
Posted By BTG1996
Seems like everyone is in the same boat

I have a friend who ordered a kit from another manufacturer roughly the same time I ordered my RV12is....he was told to expect a 2 year wait. It's brutal out there for any/all manufacturers and...
Forum: RV-14 12-28-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,404
Posted By BTG1996
Making progress

Looks like Van's is making progress with updating the order page. After dealing with a couple other kit manufacturers, I think Van's has the best customer experience I have seen.

I remember when...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-25-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,131
Posted By BTG1996
DA42 killer

What about a 4 place twin?

The DA42 is pretty cool and I know Van's could do it better and for 1/2 the price. Twin IO-390's with an option for turbo Jet-A engines. Could use the RV10 fuselage to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,356
Posted By BTG1996
Thank you Vans

Thank you everyone working at Van's Aircraft for doing all you do to support the over 11,000 flying aircraft and all the ongoing projects that are started all over the world. Rian, Greg, and Mitch...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-13-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,904
Posted By BTG1996
Great news

Great news to start a Monday with. Thanks!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,904
Posted By BTG1996
Foreflight to GNC 355?

Thanks Justin- so it's possible to load a flight plan from ForeFlight to the GNC 355 without the FlightStream? That would be great news! My plane went straight into annual after the install so I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,904
Posted By BTG1996
one thing tho

One thing I didn't realize that kind of bums me out is that you have to buy a $1,500 SD card (Flightstream 510) to have connectivity with ForeFlight and to get over the air database updates. I'm sure...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,904
Posted By BTG1996
I like it

I just had two G5's and a GNC 355 installed in my C172 (rv12is on order). Picked it up yesterday and had to fly straight to a different shop for it's annual. Initial impression based on my 45...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,809
Posted By BTG1996
Wait....so ELSA can fly IFR if equipped/compliant?

Thanks Mel- as a DAR I really appreciate your guidance.

This is probably the most confusing piece of the whole ELSA/EAB decision for me....thought I had it figured out after reading the Vans order...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-03-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,809
Posted By BTG1996
From RV12is avionics order form: Note that the...

From RV12is avionics order form: Note that the current Light Sport Aircraft standards (ELSA and SLSA) preclude operation in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). While aircraft licensed under...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-28-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 17,604
Posted By BTG1996
Nice!

Very cool that they got the model for the Lycoming's finished. Any idea on how much performance improved? I've read a bunch about the gains on a Rotax, but haven't heard anything about an O-320. ...
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