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Forum: RV-12 07-13-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,683
Posted By Mel
I think most DARs would consider this minor...

I think most DARs would consider this minor enough for acceptance. However, it might be worthwhile to check with your inspector first.

Painting before inspection is definitely acceptable.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-13-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By Mel
Basically the way the FAA uses the terms is: ...

Basically the way the FAA uses the terms is:
Certified means that the device meets it's Type Certificate. Since our aircraft do not have a Type Certificate, typically, they are Certificated,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 44,586
Posted By Mel
These are actually pretty nice aircraft. I've...

These are actually pretty nice aircraft. I've certificated several of them. All of the ones I've done were retractable gear/constant speed prop versions.
i.e. Not LSA!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By Mel
Yes, 18 grams is excessive. I think I would...

Yes, 18 grams is excessive. I think I would contact whomever you purchased them from. I'm assuming you bought them as a set.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 650
Posted By Mel
The original canopy jettison was designed long...

The original canopy jettison was designed long before the "struts" were added.
Personally, I don't like the struts for several reasons, and I consider the jettison mechanism inappropriate with them...
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 719
Posted By Mel
Personally I use a terminal block inside the...

Personally I use a terminal block inside the fuselage. This way if you need to remove the wings (rare occurrence), you can simply remove the individual wires.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 561
Posted By Mel
If you're talking about the vertical brace from...

If you're talking about the vertical brace from the bottom of the panel to the spar carry-through, yes, you can remove it. It is not structural. Many RV-6s are built without the vertical brace.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By Mel
Latest list dated 15 JUN 2018 shows: RV-6A Parts...

Latest list dated 15 JUN 2018 shows:

RV-6A
Parts List dated 8/90

RV-6A Quick Build Kit
Drawings and Construction Manual dated 06/04/96
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By Mel
The form is required if any of the items below...

The form is required if any of the items below exist;

1/ The kit is not on the approved list.
2/ The design has been modified from the original kit.
3/ If commercial assistance was used. or
4/ If...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-30-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By Mel
Sale pending.

Sale pending.
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-30-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By Mel
I have one believe it or not. I think I have...

I have one believe it or not. I think I have documentation including calibration instructions. Let me do a little digging.

OK, I found documentation. If you will give me your email, I will try to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-29-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By Mel
OK, Too much? How about $350.

OK, Too much? How about $350.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-29-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,423
Posted By Mel
Just wait 'til the Spring Thaw!

Just wait 'til the Spring Thaw!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-26-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By Mel
Garmin GTX-320A and AK-350 alt encoder

Just upgraded the Cub to ADS-B. Removed Garmin GTX-320A and Ameri-King AK-350 altitude encoder. Everything looks good and working great. Includes tray and harness.
What're they worth? $450...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-25-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 800
Posted By Mel
I took Ann down there once to celebrate an...

I took Ann down there once to celebrate an Anniversary. The location was supposed to be a surprise, but after hearing several friends on the radio, she had it figured out pretty quickly.

We need to...
Forum: RV-14 06-25-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,975
Posted By Mel
The cracks don't always occur at the rivet. ...

The cracks don't always occur at the rivet. Often the skin cracks at the end of the stiffener. So in that case proseal wouldn't change anything.
Forum: RV-14 06-25-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,975
Posted By Mel
Proseal will have the same effect. The problem...

Proseal will have the same effect. The problem occurs because the stiffener is bonded to the skin making them vibrate together. That vibration is now concentrated at the end of the stiffener. It...
Forum: RV-14 06-25-2018, 05:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,975
Posted By Mel
Any time you add a stiffener between bulkheads,...

Any time you add a stiffener between bulkheads, be sure to secure that stiffener to the bulkheads at each end. Otherwise a crack will develop over time at the end of the stiffener.
Forum: RV-12 06-24-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 683
Posted By Mel
Not sure I would put cork under it. Cork will...

Not sure I would put cork under it. Cork will retain moisture and can contribute to corrosion.
Forum: RV-12 06-24-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,678
Posted By Mel
The Beech 99 was developed by using various parts...

The Beech 99 was developed by using various parts of the KingAir and QueenAir.
Forum: COMM 06-23-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By Mel
I might suspect the use of platenuts on the...

I might suspect the use of platenuts on the antenna. Are you sure you are getting a good ground? Split washers tend to cut through primer and help the ground.
Find someone with a meter and check...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,245
Posted By Mel
Sorry, I was looking at his profile which lists...

Sorry, I was looking at his profile which lists "RV of interest" is 12. AND, it's on the RV-12 forum.
Regardless, If one floats for 4000', that's a "go-around" as far as I'm concerned.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,245
Posted By Mel
85 Kts? Yikes, That's almost 100 mph, in an...

85 Kts? Yikes, That's almost 100 mph, in an RV-12 yet. I approach at around 60 Kts. in my -6.
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,245
Posted By Mel
While I understand your reasoning, for others...

While I understand your reasoning, for others reading this, This flight WAS illegal. The FAA AW examiner does not have the authority to interpret, or "bend" the rules.
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 22,068
Posted By Mel
Once an ELSA is certificated, you may make any...

Once an ELSA is certificated, you may make any changes you like as long as the change does not take the aircraft out of Light-Sport parameters.

If any change takes the aircraft outside of LSA...
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,245
Posted By Mel
Anyone considering using AC 90-116 for first flights...

PLEASE read AC 90-116 very carefully. It is quite restrictive as to the qualifications of all pilots on board.
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,245
Posted By Mel
Actually by having a highly qualified test pilot...

Actually by having a highly qualified test pilot perform the first flight, you get two. The first flight of the aircraft and your first flight of the aircraft.
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 06:08 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,245
Posted By Mel
As an EAA Flight Advisor I almost always...

As an EAA Flight Advisor I almost always recommend letting another pilot perform the first flight of a new aircraft. The two main reasons are:
The builder is usually not as qualified as a test...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By Mel
Also be aware that positive "G" maneuvers have a...

Also be aware that positive "G" maneuvers have a big influence on alternator rubbing the cowling. If you intend to do much aerobatics, you will need more than the minimum clearance.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-15-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By Mel
Be aware that installing a longer belt will very...

Be aware that installing a longer belt will very likely cause the alternator to rub the cowling. There is not much lee-way here.

Remember; Every change usually necessitates other changes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,102
Posted By Mel
Only if it's primed with ..............!

Only if it's primed with ..............!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-15-2018, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By Mel
When I painted my canopy, in 1993, I tried every...

When I painted my canopy, in 1993, I tried every primer you can imagine. Nothing seemed to work well. I finally found that using no primer at all worked best. I just scuffed up the plexiglass and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By Mel
What people have said is true. As far as...

What people have said is true. As far as "controlling FAR", Part 43 lists who can perform maintenance. Since Part 43 does not apply to Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft anyone can do maintenance...
Forum: Safety 06-13-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,473
Posted By Mel
I remember the XV-3 that successfully flew in the...

I remember the XV-3 that successfully flew in the early to mid 50s. Same basic concept.
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 643
Posted By Mel
Another small point; the diameter of the antenna...

Another small point; the diameter of the antenna affects bandwidth. The ELT antenna is small in diameter and therefore has very little bandwidth.
i.e. The further you get away from 121.5 Mhz., the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,713
Posted By Mel
The FAA suggests that you use the kit number but...

The FAA suggests that you use the kit number but it is not a requirement.
Forum: Safety 06-12-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,473
Posted By Mel
I remember the first time I came across one in...

I remember the first time I came across one in horizontal flight.
Seeing the size of the props (rotors) my first thought was, "Man, I can't wait to see the landing gear come down!"
Forum: ADS-B 06-07-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By Mel
Often you can get a waiver for one flight to a...

Often you can get a waiver for one flight to a facility by calling the controlling facility.
Forum: Safety 06-06-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,347
Posted By Mel
THIS is the correct attitude!

THIS is the correct attitude!
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,347
Posted By Mel
So they TEACH complacency!

I would be inclined to find another instructor!
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,069
Posted By Mel
I have a reputation of finding lose jam nuts on...

I have a reputation of finding lose jam nuts on almost every airworthiness inspection. Once I arrived to inspect an RV-7 and was told, "I promise you will not find a loose jam nut on this airplane!"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,573
Posted By Mel
I did exactly the same thing!

I did exactly the same thing!
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-04-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By Mel
You have 1 & 2 reversed. The restricted fitting...

You have 1 & 2 reversed. The restricted fitting goes to the pressure gauge.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,633
Posted By Mel
The following is what is listed in you operation...

The following is what is listed in you operation limitations:

22. Night flight operations are authorized if the instruments specified in § 91.205(c) are installed, operational, and maintained per...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 06:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,633
Posted By Mel
The DAR does not "set" this requirement. The...

The DAR does not "set" this requirement. The requirement is a part of the Operating Limitations stipulated in FAA Order 8130.2j. The DAR may add additional requirements if it is determined to be a...
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,502
Posted By Mel
I see a couple problems with this guy's...

I see a couple problems with this guy's procedure.
#1, You should never lift that leg. If your other foot should slip, the momentum of that leg will pull your body through the prop arc.
#2, When...
Forum: RV-14 05-27-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,292
Posted By Mel
This may be true with your engine and prop. It...

This may be true with your engine and prop. It is not true on all engines and all props.
Forum: RV-14 05-27-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,292
Posted By Mel
Never assume anything! Do as Chris says, but...

Never assume anything! Do as Chris says, but make sure that #1 cylinder is at TDC.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-26-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
Posted By Mel
That's nice for their website. However as a DAR,...

That's nice for their website. However as a DAR, I have to follow FAA Regulations and Orders, and I have not received any information on changes or exemptions to the Regs. I have questions in to...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-25-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
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 05-25-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
Posted By Mel
Doesn't meet LSA definition!

Doesn't meet LSA definition!
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-25-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
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: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,502
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: 2,502
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: 1,048
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: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,704
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: 2,407
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: 2,407
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: 1,043
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: 4,024
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: 4,024
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: 4,024
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...
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