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Forum: RV-14 03-16-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,840
Posted By Steve Melton
good find

I'm glad you found the solution. I remember using balsa to spread my hor stab tip fairings to match the elevator horn. Thx for posting this info.
Forum: RV-10 03-11-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,217
Posted By Steve Melton
In high crosswinds we tend to plant the landings...

In high crosswinds we tend to plant the landings to minimize the crosswind from blowing us around. Check the fairing gap at the trailing edge of tire to make sure it's adequate to clear a deformed...
Forum: Propellers 03-10-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,989
Posted By Steve Melton
Jim sent me the photo after the factory tour. I...

Jim sent me the photo after the factory tour. I don't know the telemetry brand.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
ditto, I think I had the same bunk and it was...

ditto, I think I had the same bunk and it was going on way into the night. It was a pleasure to be aboard for a few days.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
Whirlwind prop hub

as an exercise I sketched up the Whirlwind 3-bladed constant speed prop hub from some photos and ran and analysis for stress and crack growth. based on my assumed loads for takeoff conditions (which...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,840
Posted By Steve Melton
1/4" piece of tape off the trailing edge provides...

1/4" piece of tape off the trailing edge provides a small barrier to the elevator trailing edge flow separation shifting back and forth because of minute elevator angle changes. agree, do this at...
Forum: RV-14 03-08-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,840
Posted By Steve Melton
elevator trailing edge wedge

the elevator trailing edge wedge was supposed to reduce this effect but it seems it is still present. the air separating at the trailing edge of the elevator is changing with minute changes in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
elevator gust lock

RV-7 version

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap1%20left_zps9g8d4mbi.png
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-28-2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,836
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin pilot wind glide ring - backwards?

Can someone confirm if the garmin pilot glide ring is backwards. Mine says I can glide further into the wind. It ain't so. I noticed this on my last trip. I am using it on a Nexus 7 tablet.
Forum: Propellers 02-26-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,989
Posted By Steve Melton
this is where the blades come from for the 200RV.

this is where the blades come from for the 200RV.
Forum: Propellers 02-26-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,989
Posted By Steve Melton
RV series and similar.... and a version for RV-10.

RV series and similar.... and a version for RV-10.
Forum: Propellers 02-26-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,989
Posted By Steve Melton
Whirlwind factory tour

I met Jim Rust at Whirlwind Propeller (KSEE) for a factory tour and he showed me his latest product in development, a new three blade constant speed, and said I could post a few pictures. Note how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
nice trip home

San Diego to El Paso to Grove OK to Cincinnati, total = 10 hrs with a tailwind.

nice scenery and the gust locks worked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
Naval Aviators

these guys are good. wet runway, day or night, pitching deck, it doesn't matter. I was honored to be aboard the Theodore Roosevelt for a few days. I was very PROUD to be an American based on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
Ice

I had some trace ice in West Texas. In San Diego KSEE showing the gust locks at Golden State Aviation to a couple of folks. I like it out here. Whirlwind propeller is across the street. Thx...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, if the fairing webbing is too close the ice...

yep, if the fairing webbing is too close the ice can lock up and freeze your controls. I remember you mentioning that happening somewhere way up North. I would have cut them out also. my fairing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
that's what he said.

that's what he said.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
the knot I've been looking for

a friend showed me a knot I could hang off K2 and be secure. 1/4 inch dia sailing line rope, ultimate tension = 2600 lbs, unbelievable.

I'm ready to head West to observe F-18 carrier landings for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
aileron to gust lock hook to hinge

need a piece to hold the aileron gust lock in place. one place to secure is at the aileron hinge. add a small bungee.

I think I'll call Abby at FlightLine and have her make a nice bag for these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
Vlad - if you're interested

I know you keep your aircraft outside. If you would like to have the this gust lock kit let me know. The web thickness for the elevator gust lock = .093 inch. You need minimum .1 inch gap to allow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
I had the same thought earlier but decided to...

I had the same thought earlier but decided to keep these as simple as possible. thx for the message.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,338
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, I'm with you. almost ready to purchase. ...

yeah, I'm with you. almost ready to purchase. the resonator exhaust is a must have.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
pull test - elevator gust lock

I made a fixture to duplicate the loading for the elevator gust lock and made a pull test. maximum load tested = 220 lbs (3x aero load at 78 mph). the part looks good. web thickness = .093...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2019, 05:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,338
Posted By Steve Melton
gasoline powered?

less chance for a battery fire and you get Mad Dog brakes

then trick it out.... https://youtu.be/yWVAE3BGWlY

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GSR Cruiser Specifications
• Speed: 24 mph
• Range:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
elevator gust lock

this one is a challenge. I relocated the hole to outboard side and reduced the flange height to help spread the load and keep the loading in shear and not bending as much a possible. the rope pulls...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 04:37 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
looks good, I purchased the Dyneema 1/4 inch...

looks good, I purchased the Dyneema 1/4 inch rope. thx.

they know rope.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
red color matches rope

after the pull test and some field testing we will work other models. we will be able to do several colors but I like red.

this red rope is OK but I think a slightly smaller diameter would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
internal structure

what you can't see is the internal structure. this part uses a gradually increasing perimeter thickness with internal support. it's softer at the edges and essentially solid at the center. it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
internal structure

what you can't see is the internal structure. this part uses a gradually increasing perimeter thickness. Less at the edges and essentially solid at the center. it's tailored to put the material...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2019, 03:07 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
ruddder gust lock glamour shots

a couple photos of the final part. it is a nice red color....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
adding final print touches

adding final print touches to rudder gust lock. one more round needed to make cosmetically perfect. this part is fully functional. final weight = .3 lb.

material = ASA (high UV resistance,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, a longer moment arm could prevent...

yes, a longer moment arm could prevent concentrated loading at the fwd edge. the mate of the gust lock and rudder is precise. that may help some.
since this piece is free to slide on the rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
Flap rod cutout template

this flap rode cutout shape has been good. I was asked for a plastic template for this shape. Visually locate on the rivets using a couple holes, tape the template in place and make the cut. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
updated model and design

the model did not have restraint at the V-notch in the axial direction that created a false wedge effect. I corrected that. However, the stress of 4 ksi at the rope attachment did not leave any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
updated rudder load numbers

In the hangar today I noticed I have a major error calculating the rudder area. I didn't have the drawing scaled properly in the software. I should have checked it by hand but I didn't. This time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
elevator gust lock

adding some finishing touches to the elevator gust lock. changed the hole to half moon.

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap6_zpsf50goy9x.png
Forum: Propellers 01-25-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,242
Posted By Steve Melton
give the leading edge a buffing with micromesh...

give the leading edge a buffing with micromesh 4000 or so. It's pleasant exercise with a beer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
rope and knots

I am going to try this rope and these knots. and with Gil's velco cable clamps for the rope ends....
Forum: Propellers 01-24-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,242
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm happy so far. 700 hrs no...

I'm happy so far. 700 hrs no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, I don't want flapping ropes. do mountain...

yes, I don't want flapping ropes. do mountain climbers use something for that?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
that could work. BillL mentioned that the bungee...

that could work. BillL mentioned that the bungee should have a rope stop if you went that way. For me, I will use a rope if I can learn how to tie a proper knot. What type of knot should I use? ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
the web = .1 inch. this will not work for some...

the web = .1 inch. this will not work for some that have tight clearance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
gust lock

the elevator gust lock with the tab on the web did not fit. the tab would not easily slide behind the elevator spar so I abandoned that idea.

I decided to increase the web distance and add a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 02:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,429
Posted By Steve Melton
Kurt, Big Congrats! Now it gets really fun and...

Kurt, Big Congrats! Now it gets really fun and build work load drops off considerably. :) Tell Vic that jam nuts will always become loose, "it's a mechanical thing", put some Loctite on those.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
elevator gust lock V2

extended flanges inboard and added a contact location at the web to the outboard rib. the web contact location may be able to slide behind the spar. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
rudder gust lock

second test piece. enlarged the hole to .625 dia. added some finishing touches.

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/RV-9-rudder_zpstyauvfyz.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
I can't reach it.

I can't reach it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
Bill, I like the idea of using a rope. Bungee...

Bill, I like the idea of using a rope. Bungee is optional. When I install on mine I will just use a rope. a rope capable of 50 x 4 = 200 lbf should be plenty strong and not weigh much. all of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, this piece needs some more work. I think I...

yes, this piece needs some more work. I think I understand what your saying. There is opportunity to improve it. The web thickness = .10 inch so it may not work for some that have a tight fitting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
rudder load numbers

see updated analysis

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1319932&postcount=859
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,929
Posted By Steve Melton
I like that gizmo. I would probably sit on the...

I like that gizmo. I would probably sit on the porch and watch it endlessly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
test fit

first test fit. the concept appears to be viable.

my wingtips are not as good as my neighbor's RV-14 for the aileron to wingtip check. the fit on his was perfect. mine, not so much, but even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
elevator gust lock - with eye hole

elevator gust lock - prototype 1 for RV9. it has an eye hole to attach a bungee cord to the rudder gust lock. it would be installed by sliding it between the elevator horn and horizontal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
maybe something like...

maybe something like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
all weather - ASA material printed

ASA is an all weather plastic with high UV resistance. this one is black because ASA plastic is difficult to obtain in the color and size I need. They say red color ASA plastic is on the way to me....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
need to catch my breath. that's 5 point thought....

need to catch my breath. that's 5 point thought. may be a bit much for me but thanks for the message.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
Is the RV-14 aileron the same as the RV-10? I...

Is the RV-14 aileron the same as the RV-10? I have dimensions for the RV-10 but the not the RV-14.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
possible tail gust lock

the only thing I can think of at the moment for the rudder would be a plastic piece to replace the metal one in the photo. I'll take a look at it. It would be bigger and V-shape to contour to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
remove before flight

so simple but potentially deadly. check your controls.

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap7_zps8npuf7fe.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
this is without a doubt the most hazardous part...

this is without a doubt the most hazardous part we have ever produced.

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap6_zps2o85rado.png
Forum: RV-14 01-14-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,047
Posted By Steve Melton
I like it. Found a way.

I like it. Found a way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 890
Views: 194,674
Posted By Steve Melton
version 2. printed with ASA that has high UV...

version 2. printed with ASA that has high UV resistance....
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