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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Today, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 73
Posted By Mel
Never Mind!

Well. I started to say "cheap", but in most cases you get what you pay for.
I've decided to bite the bullet and buy new.
Forum: Alternative Engines Today, 05:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By Mel
You are correct, for amateur-built motorglider,...

You are correct, for amateur-built motorglider, you do not need a medical, but you DO need a "glider" rating.
Forum: Alternative Engines Today, 05:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By Mel
Doesn't meet LSA definition!

Doesn't meet LSA definition!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Today, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 73
Posted By Mel
WTB ANR Headset.....NEVER MIND I decided to buy new.

Trying to get my Grandson started with flying lessons. Anyone have a used ANR headset reasonably priced?
Need something next week for Saturday HS Graduation.
Forum: Alternative Engines Today, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By Mel
FAR part 1, Light-sport aircraft.....: (6) A...

FAR part 1, Light-sport aircraft.....:
(6) A single reciprocating engine, if powered.

(7) & (8) both give exceptions for the propeller if a powered glider. No exception for engine type if powered...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Today, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By Mel
I will be no less involved in the RV world. I...

I will be no less involved in the RV world. I will continue to inspect and certificate RVs and other aircraft, hopefully for many years to come.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Today, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By Mel
Another "Special" RV for sale.

Ann & I don't do much cross country any more, so the RV-6 is going up for sale. February condition inspection. Will open up for pre-buy inspection.

RV-6 Tip-Up $73,500
Built by Mel & Ann Asberry,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,072
Posted By Mel
Larry's is a very good solution. A statement...

Larry's is a very good solution. A statement from the original builder should be sufficient. As stated before, you should get with your inspector and ask what he/she wants to see.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,072
Posted By Mel
This is what the inspector will be looking for. ...

This is what the inspector will be looking for. Taken from FAA Order 8130.2j:
b. Review Aircraft Records.
(1) Supporting Documentation for the Eligibility Statement.
(a)Review the builder’s...
Forum: RV-12 05-23-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By Mel
I actually did this when I built a Zenair 601HDS...

I actually did this when I built a Zenair 601HDS except I used pushrods from the "bellcrank" (forward of the firewall) to the carbs because I don't like the cables. This also removes the springs...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-21-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,064
Posted By Mel
Sold

Rec'd check today. Panel dock is sold.

Thanks
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-20-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,064
Posted By Mel
Thanks.

Responded to PM. The dock is possibly sold. I've been away on a cruise and will pick up mail tomorrow. If it is not sold, you are next in line.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,267
Posted By Mel
Pulling the prop control all the way back will...

Pulling the prop control all the way back will result in maximum pitch and minimum drag (If the governor is operating, i.e. prop is windmilling)

Actually if the engine stops turning, drag is reduced...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,042
Posted By Mel
In a word, Yes. AC 90-116 states that, to be...

In a word, Yes. AC 90-116 states that, to be eligible, the aircraft must be built from an "approved kit".
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,042
Posted By Mel
This checklist applies if you do not build from...

This checklist applies if you do not build from an "approved kit", if you modify the aircraft, and/or if you receive any amount of paid assistance.
The checklist is not difficult but is several pages...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-09-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 829
Posted By Mel
I wrap 2" wide strapping (like seat belt...

I wrap 2" wide strapping (like seat belt material) around the engine mount and lift by that.

As said before, do not use the engine hoist loop to lift the airplane.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,284
Posted By Mel
Yep!!! I Agree.

This makes it simpler for everyone.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,284
Posted By Mel
I have never denied one for this reason. However...

I have never denied one for this reason. However I HAVE required engineering data.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,284
Posted By Mel
The FAA/DAR can deny airworthiness certificate...

The FAA/DAR can deny airworthiness certificate for any reason they consider unsafe. If you have increased the gross weight from that established by the designer, the inspector may require...
Forum: Safety 05-07-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mel
Yep, my Crystalens (MK II) were installed...

Yep, my Crystalens (MK II) were installed November of 2012.
Still working great. Wore glasses for almost 60 years. Not now!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Posted By Mel
It is your "builder' number issued with the tail...

It is your "builder' number issued with the tail kit.
Forum: Safety 05-05-2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mel
An approach does NOT take precedence over other...

An approach does NOT take precedence over other traffic. Remember that a radio is not required. Therefore NORDO traffic may not hear "approach traffic".

LISTEN UP? Of course, but also "HEAD ON A...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mel
On the other side of the coin, a friend of mine...

On the other side of the coin, a friend of mine back in his training days (Circa 1967). Practicing "controlled airport" work, he was heard to say, "Addison Tower, This is the Ace from outer space....
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mel
Above and beyond the operating limitations, we...

Above and beyond the operating limitations, we are still operating under part 91. So yes, 91.319(d)(3) applies.
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,051
Posted By Mel
91.319(d)(3) requires the use of "experimental"...

91.319(d)(3) requires the use of "experimental" "when operating into or out of airports with an operating control towers".

The AC addresses "non-towered airports".
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-04-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,064
Posted By Mel
Are you there?

Responded to your PM.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-03-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 971
Posted By Mel
Just be sure you don't alter the original floor. ...

Just be sure you don't alter the original floor. It IS structural!
Forum: ADS-B 05-03-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,166
Posted By Mel
The biggest factor of the ELT is that it operates...

The biggest factor of the ELT is that it operates independently of the aircraft's electrical system.
Forum: ADS-B 05-03-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,166
Posted By Mel
I think the point is that "Big Brother" is the...

I think the point is that "Big Brother" is the one requiring that you Broadcast this information.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-02-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By Mel
I need the data wire. Otherwise I could just cut...

I need the data wire. Otherwise I could just cut off the cig lighter plug.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-02-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By Mel
Need Aera 660 bare wire cable

Anyone have an Aviation Bare Wire Cradle for 660 they're not using?
I can't believe Garmin didn't include this.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-02-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,064
Posted By Mel
AirGizmo Panel Dock......... SOLD!!

Just upgraded my Aera 560 to 660. Selling AirGizmo Panel Dock for Aera 500 series. Like New. $57 includes shipping to lower 48.
Forum: Safety 04-30-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,726
Posted By Mel
I don't think texdog meant that his third class...

I don't think texdog meant that his third class medical would automatically revert to BasicMed. I read it as "HE" would revert to BasicMed after his third class was done.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,463
Posted By Mel
If it's full scale he should be OK.

If it's full scale he should be OK.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,463
Posted By Mel
Nope! Sorry, but the RV-7 is not a replica of...

Nope! Sorry, but the RV-7 is not a replica of the RV-6.

Actually there are a lot of "X" N numbers out there that are not legal to the letter of the law. FAA, Washington, interprets "replica" to be...
Forum: Safety 04-26-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,726
Posted By Mel
As long as your flying fits within the Basic Med...

As long as your flying fits within the Basic Med limitations, there is absolutely no advantage to continue with a third class medical.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,316
Posted By Mel
The thing that concerns me about vinyl is what...

The thing that concerns me about vinyl is what happens to it when you tighten down a screw on it? Does it wrinkle?
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,870
Posted By Mel
About the only way to determine this is to go...

About the only way to determine this is to go through the plans with the builder and have him/her show that it is built to the plans with no modifications.
Forum: RV-12 04-22-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,870
Posted By Mel
LSA compliant means nothing as far as the...

LSA compliant means nothing as far as the repairman certificate goes.
LSA compliant only means that it can be flown by a sport pilot.
If it is an LSA compliant amateur-built and you finish the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,980
Posted By Mel
I have no problem with the guys that do it...

I have no problem with the guys that do it professionally, but with a dremel and a few files, like someone said before, It's not magic.
And as far as being OCD, that just takes a little patience.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,980
Posted By Mel
Come on......you guys are building an airplane. ...

Come on......you guys are building an airplane. Are telling me that you can't cut an instrument panel?
Forum: Safety 04-19-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,329
Posted By Mel
The location leads me to think that it might be a...

The location leads me to think that it might be a puncture caused by the elevator trim tab tip. This can happen very easily on an -A model without a gust lock.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,316
Posted By Mel
If you are like many of us, your panel will be...

If you are like many of us, your panel will be modified over the years because of adding and/or changing avionics or instruments. Painting is much easier to "touch up" than powder coat.

$.02 to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,399
Posted By Mel
This is very common for individual-to-individual...

This is very common for individual-to-individual aircraft sales in Texas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mel
Experimental Amateur-Built is issued under...

Experimental Amateur-Built is issued under 21.191(g).
21.191(i) is Light-Sport.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,230
Posted By Mel
Tension springs are fine up to a point. ...

Tension springs are fine up to a point. Compression springs have a limiting factor in that they stop when completely compressed. Tension springs don't have that feature, so they can continue to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mel
Good Luck with your venture!

I've been an FAA Designee since the last century and our instructors in Oklahoma City give FAA's interpretation of the rule as renting of an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft is not allowed.
It is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,230
Posted By Mel
I agree with Mike. Compression springs minimal...

I agree with Mike. Compression springs minimal slack.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mel
That would be "Crew Training/Market...

That would be "Crew Training/Market Survey"
Forum: RV-10 04-16-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,379
Posted By Mel
Have you confirmed that your insurance company...

Have you confirmed that your insurance company will cover avionics in an aircraft that does not have any means of locking the doors?
Forum: RV-10 04-15-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By Mel
I've flown my -6 with and without tiedown rings...

I've flown my -6 with and without tiedown rings installed. I can see absolutely no difference in speeds. I normally remove them simply because it looks better/cleaner.
Forum: Southeast 04-13-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,232
Posted By Mel
In Texas property taxes may not increase more...

In Texas property taxes may not increase more than 10% per 3 years.

After age of 65, school taxes are capped. School taxes are the major part of all property taxes and most counties cap all...
Forum: Southeast 04-12-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,232
Posted By Mel
Actually property taxes in Texas are controlled...

Actually property taxes in Texas are controlled by the county, not the state.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,038
Posted By Mel
In my case....Built!

In my case....Built!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,038
Posted By Mel
I've built 2. First one was from Tyler Building...

I've built 2. First one was from Tyler Building Systems in Tyler Texas (1990).
2nd was from Red Dot Building Systems in Athens Texas (2003).
Both were very good products and everything fit as it...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-10-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,776
Posted By Mel
The one I saw was definitely a Toyota. It was...

The one I saw was definitely a Toyota. It was during a tour of Scaled Composites when I was going through Test Pilot School at Mojave in 1998.

We had to sign a non-discloser statement.
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-10-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,776
Posted By Mel
Are you sure that wasn't Toyota? Toyota, at one...

Are you sure that wasn't Toyota? Toyota, at one time, was considering building a reciprocating aircraft engine. Scaled Composites built a test aircraft. Then Toyota backed out, probably due to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-07-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 491
Posted By Mel
Compression is determined by the piston, not the...

Compression is determined by the piston, not the cylinder. 150 hp and 160 hp use the same cylinders.
Pistons are either 7:1 cr (150) or 8.5:1 cr (160).
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,374
Posted By Mel
Yes Vlad, all your tires are in the right...

Yes Vlad, all your tires are in the right place........Welllllllll, 2/3 of them anyway.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,390
Posted By Mel
Hint........

If you use an oil filter that has no safety wire "tab", (such as used on the Rotax) you can still safety wire it by using a large hose clamp around the filter housing and wire to the adjusting bolt.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 810
Posted By Mel
It all depends on whether or not the third train...

It all depends on whether or not the third train is primed.
Forum: RV-10 04-01-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,348
Posted By Mel
The point Rocketman is making is that the nose...

The point Rocketman is making is that the nose wheel may not be staying straight in flight, thereby inducing a turn.
It is NOT connected to the flight controls.
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