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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By Mel
Any aerobatic maneuvers to be flown must first be...

Any aerobatic maneuvers to be flown must first be tested within phase I. You may place the aircraft back into phase I for a minimum of 5 hours at any time.
This is listed in the operating...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,236
Posted By Mel
An inconvenience no one has mentioned; if you fly...

An inconvenience no one has mentioned; if you fly left seat with right hand on the stick, you will constantly be changing hands to operate radios, transponder, switches, etc.
First, try flying with...
Forum: Flight Testing 12-07-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 872
Posted By Mel
If you are referring to an increase in gross...

If you are referring to an increase in gross weight for LSA, then just sit back with a BIG bag of popcorn. The NPRM is planned for January, 2019. With comment period to follow (and there will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,617
Posted By Mel
In the early days, this was a commonly "needed"...

In the early days, this was a commonly "needed" adjustment on the RV-4. It is NOT common on later models.
Typically in cruise you should see about 1/4" to 3/8" of the counterbalance horns. 3/4"...
Forum: RV-12 12-05-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,054
Posted By Mel
If you already have an engine and/or avionics...

If you already have an engine and/or avionics that you want to use.
If you prefer to obtain the repairman certificate without have to attend a class.
Forum: RV-12 12-04-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,054
Posted By Mel
65.104 and 65.107 both clearly define the...

65.104 and 65.107 both clearly define the requirements and privileges of the repairman certificate holder.

Maintenance is not defined under those parts because "maintenance" authorization is defined...
Forum: RV-12 12-04-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,054
Posted By Mel
Once again, anyone can do all maintenance and/or...

Once again, anyone can do all maintenance and/or modifications on any experimental amateur-built or experimental light-sport aircraft. The only thing the repairman certificate authorizes is the...
Forum: RV-12 12-03-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,272
Posted By Mel
I've told you a trillion times, "Don't...

I've told you a trillion times, "Don't exaggerate!"
Forum: RV-12 11-30-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,552
Posted By Mel
A "left" crosswind causes the airplane to...

A "left" crosswind causes the airplane to "weathervane" to the left requiring more right rudder. You are already using right rudder to compensate for "P" factor, so you will run out of right rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,717
Posted By Mel
Well, there are 12 months in each year and there...

Well, there are 12 months in each year and there are 13 RV models. Which one should be left out?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 789
Posted By Mel
This method has been used successfully for years....

This method has been used successfully for years. I remember when these shipped through USPS for $30. No longer!
Forum: ADS-B 11-27-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By Mel
To be more precise, the Trig control head is only...

To be more precise, the Trig control head is only 1.7" tall by 2.25" wide. It has spacers that make it fit a 2 1/4" hole if needed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By Mel
If you're talking about Allan of AntiSplatAero,...

If you're talking about Allan of AntiSplatAero, he posted about an hour ago on "Several Surplus Items".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By Mel
Only if those maneuvers were flown in the initial...

Only if those maneuvers were flown in the initial phase I. Most people wait until they are more comfortable with the airplane, then go back into phase I for aerobatic testing.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-26-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,867
Posted By Mel
Actually the angle of the pitot has to be off a...

Actually the angle of the pitot has to be off a lot to alter airspeed reading.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By Mel
I used a DPDT and switched PTT and Mic Hi. Been...

I used a DPDT and switched PTT and Mic Hi. Been working great for over 25 years.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,825
Posted By Mel
From 8130.2j: “PASSENGER WARNING—THIS AIRCRAFT...

From 8130.2j: “PASSENGER WARNING—THIS AIRCRAFT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR STANDARD AIRCRAFT”
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-25-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By Mel
It depends on which style of tips. The standard...

It depends on which style of tips. The standard tip for the -6 was the original hoerner style. I don't think that the -7 ever used this style tip. I could be wrong; I was once before!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-20-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Posted By Mel
150 hp and 160 hp use the same cylinders. The...

150 hp and 160 hp use the same cylinders. The difference is in the pistons and piston pins. 150 hp uses 7:1 pistons and 160 hp uses 8.5:1 pistons and heavier wrist pins.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,652
Posted By Mel
Way back when black pepper and dirt were fairly...

Way back when black pepper and dirt were fairly new inventions, the Parker Pen company came out with a new pen called the Parker P51. It was very popular among aviators.
Pencil whipping an...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-19-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 316
Posted By Mel
I have the plans with dimensions to make the...

I have the plans with dimensions to make the parts. Pretty simple.
Give me your email and I will send you that sheet.
Forum: RV-14 11-19-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By Mel
You don't have to use "closed end" rivets. My...

You don't have to use "closed end" rivets. My biplane tanks are built exclusively with regular pulled rivets. Proseal will weal the stem hole fine.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,402
Posted By Mel
If there is a commercial compressor builder in...

If there is a commercial compressor builder in your area, talk with them. I had mine built up with an "American Compressor" pump and 80 gallon vertical tank while I was building my -6 in 1989. ...
Forum: COMM 11-16-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,131
Posted By Mel
Comment: "You own an airplane. You must be...

Comment: "You own an airplane. You must be rich!"
Answer: "You can be rich. You can own an airplane. Pick one!"
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,192
Posted By Mel
The possibility here is that the builder may...

The possibility here is that the builder may already have an engine, prop, avionics, etc., and prefer to use those instead of buying new from the kit manufacturer.
Forum: RV-12 11-15-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,192
Posted By Mel
Sorry, I missed that part of the question. Like...

Sorry, I missed that part of the question. Like Scott says, Operating Limitations are issued as part of the Airworthiness Certificate and must be in the airplane during any and all operations.
Forum: RV-12 11-15-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,192
Posted By Mel
If it is EAB, it's forever. If it's ELSA, it's...

If it is EAB, it's forever. If it's ELSA, it's forever. If it's SLSA it may be changed to ELSA.
Forum: RV-12 11-15-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,192
Posted By Mel
Builder's choice. To qualify as ELSA the...

Builder's choice. To qualify as ELSA the aircraft must be built exactly per plans and all parts must be purchased from the kit manufacturer.
Some people prefer to make minor or major modifications...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-14-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 349
Posted By Mel
What does your installation instruction say? ...

What does your installation instruction say? ELTs must be installed IAW the manufacturer's instructions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,904
Posted By Mel
I fly from the left seat and Ann flies from the...

I fly from the left seat and Ann flies from the right. The EFIS and instruments on the left side are set up in knots and GPS and instruments on the right side are set up in mph. Her side goes...
Forum: California 11-11-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,306
Posted By Mel
The great part of having your PCP do BasicMed as...

The great part of having your PCP do BasicMed as part of your Annual physical is that insurance will usually cover it. Mine did!
Forum: ADS-B 11-09-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 327
Posted By Mel
The TN70 is TSO'd. The TN72 meets the...

The TN70 is TSO'd. The TN72 meets the requirements of the TSO and is acceptable for Experimental, Gliders, and Light-Sport, but it is not TSO'd.
My understanding is that TSO'd equipment is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-09-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By Mel
In a word, NO! Electrical and fuel lines need to...

In a word, NO! Electrical and fuel lines need to be run separately.
Forum: Rocket 11-09-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mel
Flaps are the only control surfaces that get...

Flaps are the only control surfaces that get extended into the airstream and stay there. All other control surfaces extend into the airstream only momentarily. Flaps carry some pretty extreme...
Forum: ADS-B 11-08-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,131
Posted By Mel
The Trig control head has the altitude encoder...

The Trig control head has the altitude encoder built in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 719
Posted By Mel
Read FAA AC 90-116 carefully. It defines...

Read FAA AC 90-116 carefully. It defines addition pilots who can be on board during phase I. It is restrictive. Flight training is NOT a part of Phase I. This AC also must be listed within the...
Forum: ADS-B 11-08-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,131
Posted By Mel
I agree with bkervaski. Cheap is not always...

I agree with bkervaski. Cheap is not always economical. Do your research.

I went with Trig. I've had Trig in 2 airplanes over quite a few years and very happy with their system.

Complete ADS-B...
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,027
Posted By Mel
It depends on your age and height. I am 75 and...

It depends on your age and height. I am 75 and short. I need them. You will get older and your passengers may already be there.
I designed the steps for my -6. They go straight out behind the...
Forum: RV-12 11-04-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 623
Posted By Mel
email sent.

email sent.
Forum: ADS-B 10-31-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By Mel
I've been using TT22 Trig transponders for quite...

I've been using TT22 Trig transponders for quite a few years both in my RV-6 and now in My Legend Cub. Both have worked flawlessly.
Also removing Garmin and installing Trig saved me several...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,556
Posted By Mel
Personally I would go to 1/8" rivets in these...

Personally I would go to 1/8" rivets in these holes. You are using way too much scuffing force. Very little scuffing is needed, especially if you are using a self-etching primer.
Forum: RV-10 10-29-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Posted By Mel
Are you sure you didn't swap nuts left for right?

Are you sure you didn't swap nuts left for right?
Forum: Propellers 10-29-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,210
Posted By Mel
I use a build up of duct tape. You can build up...

I use a build up of duct tape. You can build up as necessary and it provides a good cushion. You may need to replace the duct tape occasionally.
Forum: Propellers 10-29-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,210
Posted By Mel
The front bulkhead needs to be there. You can...

The front bulkhead needs to be there. You can get by without screws in the front bulkhead if you make sure that the fit of the front bulkhead is very tight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,961
Posted By Mel
Back to the original topic of delays in Aircraft...

Back to the original topic of delays in Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City. I sold my RV-6 on August 29. Registration transfer was sent in same day. Finally showed up on FAA website today. Over 8...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-27-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By Mel
The reinforcement is needed for pop rivets...

The reinforcement is needed for pop rivets because the small round "shop head" can pull through the fiberglass quite easily. The nut-plate has a much larger footprint. So the reinforcement is not...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-26-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 872
Posted By Mel
Yes, this applies to anyone. The only time the...

Yes, this applies to anyone. The only time the "builder" is required is for the annual condition inspection. And then he/she must hold the repairman certificate for that aircraft. Any maintenance...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-26-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 872
Posted By Mel
No problem. Since the aircraft is certificated...

No problem. Since the aircraft is certificated as experimental amateur-built, you may place the aircraft back into phase I and test the aircraft to the new gross weight. The process is listed in...
Forum: Propellers 10-24-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mel
I've cut several myself. It's not really bad. I...

I've cut several myself. It's not really bad. I think you can get the gap a little tighter by doing it yourself.
Like so many other things, just cut a little at a time until you get what you want. ...
Forum: GPS 10-24-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,536
Posted By Mel
Yes, you may shorten a GPS antenna cable if you...

Yes, you may shorten a GPS antenna cable if you have the proper tools to install a new connector.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-23-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 579
Posted By Mel
Started out with Mark Landoll starter (Auto...

Started out with Mark Landoll starter (Auto conversion) in 1993.
Changed out to SkyTec Hi-Torque in 1994 or '95. That same HT starter is still doing a great job today.
Forum: Texas (North) 10-22-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,605
Posted By Mel
Yeah. Like Vic says. Look at the small "hole"...

Yeah. Like Vic says. Look at the small "hole" just inside the "red". That's the outboard aileron hinge. Once you see that, it will become clear.
The yellow stripe ends at the wingtip. The black...
Forum: ADS-B 10-22-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 408
Posted By Mel
From the Trig website: TN72 GPS – X configuration...

From the Trig website: TN72 GPS – X configuration uses SIL 3 in the transponder settings, and fully satisfies the technical requirements of FAR 91.227 for 2020 compliance. Light-sport, experimental...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By Mel
Typically addition of an autopilot is considered...

Typically addition of an autopilot is considered to be major because it is directly connected to the aircraft's control system.
As to what testing is required, that's your call. I would recommend...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,285
Posted By Mel
Yep, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, I believe, said it...

Yep, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, I believe, said it first!
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,285
Posted By Mel
Mr. Aluminum, You are free to do whatever you...

Mr. Aluminum, You are free to do whatever you are comfortable with on your aircraft. It is indeed experimental. But you seem to be indicating that tapping platenuts is common practice. In your...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,285
Posted By Mel
Very well stated. Please listen to what Michael...

Very well stated. Please listen to what Michael says. Platenuts are designed the way they are on purpose. Don't destroy that purpose.
Personally I use the "wax" lube method for initial threading...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-19-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,837
Posted By Mel
I was hoping to see a reduction in stall speed...

I was hoping to see a reduction in stall speed with the increase in span. Actually the span increase is only at the trailing edge and doesn't increase the area very much.
I perceived no difference...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-18-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,837
Posted By Mel
I did this wing-tip swap on my -6 and didn't...

I did this wing-tip swap on my -6 and didn't notice any change in roll rate.
Forum: RV-12 10-17-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,427
Posted By Mel
If I understand you correctly, the think plate...

If I understand you correctly, the think plate doesn't back up against anything. If that is the case, why are the protruding rivets a problem?
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,621
Posted By Mel
FWIW; I have been using Permatex #2 on NPT...

FWIW; I have been using Permatex #2 on NPT fittings for too many years to count.
I've used it on cars, trucks, boats, and aircraft and have NEVER had a leak caused by this sealant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,348
Posted By Mel
You might consider putting you switches above the...

You might consider putting you switches above the EFIS. Since the top of the panel is curved, the EFIS will only impact the top at the very edges.

I placed all my switches except for the Master and...
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