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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By Mel
You do NOT need to purge this line. It'll be fine.

You do NOT need to purge this line. It'll be fine.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 14,059
Posted By Mel
I believe that a "Standard" Airworthiness...

I believe that a "Standard" Airworthiness Certificate is FAA form 8100-2.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 14,059
Posted By Mel
One minor correction. The "100 hr. inspection"...

One minor correction. The "100 hr. inspection" is only required if the aircraft is used commercially.
Forum: ADS-B 02-06-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 679
Posted By Mel
Probably not, but it is possible. Just to be...

Probably not, but it is possible. Just to be sure, pull the circuit breaker. No reason to take a chance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 391
Posted By Mel
Nope! Philip is correct.

Nope! Philip is correct.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 14,059
Posted By Mel
Next condition inspection is due the last day of...

Next condition inspection is due the last day of the month the following year from the sign-off. i.e. Sign off 01APR 2020...next inspection due 30 APR 2021.

You can always do it earlier.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 14,059
Posted By Mel
Your annual condition inspection does not have to...

Your annual condition inspection does not have to be completed by 3/31. You just can't fly after that date until the condition inspection is completed.

Piper J3 is correct.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
Posted By Mel
A simple logbook entry stating that you are...

A simple logbook entry stating that you are putting the aircraft into phase I and for what purpose. Your op lims should also state that anytime you go back into phase I, it must be for a minimum of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
Posted By Mel
It all depends on what you operating limitations...

It all depends on what you operating limitations say. Wording has changed over the years. Older Op Lims were different between aerobatic and non-aerobatic aircraft.

Read your op lims closely. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,876
Posted By Mel
Only one repairman certificate issued per EAB...

Only one repairman certificate issued per EAB aircraft. Repairman certificate is issued to a person, not LLC.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,876
Posted By Mel
NO..................

NO..................
Forum: Tools 01-29-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 824
Posted By Mel
Air tanks should be drained after every session...

Air tanks should be drained after every session of use. If you are working every day, it should be drained every day. Or at the very least once a week.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,183
Posted By Mel
At that point you should have simply told him how...

At that point you should have simply told him how many millions of $$ you would need.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-28-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,734
Posted By Mel
The operating limitations state that the person...

The operating limitations state that the person performing the inspection must be the "holder of the Repairman Certificate for that aircraft" or a certificated mechanic. Certificated mechanic being...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-28-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,734
Posted By Mel
In the Experimental world, this sticker is only...

In the Experimental world, this sticker is only relevant to an aircraft that requires a "100Hr. inspection". i.e. One that is being operated under a LODA and used commercially. The "Annual" part of...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-23-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Posted By Mel
Keep in mind that lettering such as "LL" and/or...

Keep in mind that lettering such as "LL" and/or "Mogas" is not required on these placards. Only "Minimum Octane" and "Capacity" is required.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-13-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 402
Posted By Mel
No, you are not correct. Rotating the knob...

No, you are not correct. Rotating the knob clockwise raises the tab, which pushes the elevator down, thereby pushing the nose down. Believe it or not almost half of the new aircraft that I inspect...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-12-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 175,242
Posted By Mel
[QUOTE=Planecrazy232;1399459]No, I didn't win the...

[QUOTE=Planecrazy232;1399459]No, I didn't win the bid...

What did the Mustang go for?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 510
Posted By Mel
If the aircraft is still based at the original...

If the aircraft is still based at the original airport, nothing need be done. The new owner simply complies with the op lims. Anyone qualified to fly the aircraft may fly it during phase I.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-11-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,655
Posted By Mel
No Problem. Between the knee replacement and...

No Problem. Between the knee replacement and prostrate surgery, I've been pretty much stuck in the house since last Halloween. Just now starting back to work. Feel free to come out for a visit. I...
Forum: RV-10 01-11-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,893
Posted By Mel
Maximum longevity I've seen for the cork gaskets...

Maximum longevity I've seen for the cork gaskets is around 5-7 years.
Forum: RV-10 01-11-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,893
Posted By Mel
Over time the cork will eventually become...

Over time the cork will eventually become saturated with fuel and leak again.

The permanent solution is to remove all gaskets, clean thoroughly and reinstall using only pro-seal.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-11-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,655
Posted By Mel
Check the numbers closely.

Looking at your numbers you are comparing 42 gals of fuel on the RV-7 vs. 46 gals on the -9 with ER tanks. If you only put 6 gals in the ER tanks, then you will have the same 42 gals as in the -7. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,895
Posted By Mel
There is no "standard". This is determined by an...

There is no "standard". This is determined by an informal interview with a FSDO inspector.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,895
Posted By Mel
If the 51% rule applied to the repairman...

If the 51% rule applied to the repairman certificate, no one could get it if they had multiple builders. The 51% rule is that the majority of the aircraft must be built by "amateurs"!

The...
Forum: RV-14 01-06-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,560
Posted By Mel
Mounting TO the roll-bar is one thing. But, be...

Mounting TO the roll-bar is one thing. But, be careful drilling much into it. It IS structural.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,930
Posted By Mel
Surgery Update

Well, It's time for an update. I had total knee replacement 31 Oct.(Right knee). Surgery went well except that my prostate didn't play well with the anesthesiology.

Prostate surgery 18 Dec. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,068
Posted By Mel
Scott has everything down pat. Good...

Scott has everything down pat. Good description.

I've been dealing with this probably longer than your FAA Guy has been with the FAA and I assure you that the repairman certificate is NOT required...
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 988
Posted By Mel
It's tuff. That's why it makes good bearing...

It's tuff. That's why it makes good bearing material.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 723
Posted By Mel
Typically when you have made a change followed...

Typically when you have made a change followed shortly with a problem, the first thing to trouble shoot is to reverse the change and see if problem clears up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 650
Posted By Mel
As said before, 10/4 clocking is primarily for...

As said before, 10/4 clocking is primarily for hand propping. I've changed F/P clocking to different positions on my RV and saw no change.

Worked on a Cherokee with O-360 where minimum vibrations...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By Mel
I originally had my switches set up so that the...

I originally had my switches set up so that the starter was disabled when the right mag is on.
Later I got a deal on a new impulse mag and installed it on the right. Now start on both mags. Problem...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-25-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 925
Posted By Mel
The pitot location, inboard/outboard wise, is not...

The pitot location, inboard/outboard wise, is not critical; as long as it is well clear of the prop blast. The prop blast keeps pretty much straight back. It does not "fan" out appreciably. My...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By Mel
Wingtips are interchangeable among RV-4, 6, 7, &...

Wingtips are interchangeable among RV-4, 6, 7, & 8.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,864
Posted By Mel
Rotax may not "require" a 5 year replacement. ...

Rotax may not "require" a 5 year replacement. However the SLSA manufacturer "can" "require" the 5 year replacement based on Rotax's recommendation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 936
Posted By Mel
The U.S. certification process is just as if the...

The U.S. certification process is just as if the aircraft were a new build here. That should be no problem if you built the aircraft. You just need to be able to show evidence of amateur-built...
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,184
Posted By Mel
No problem at all.

No problem at all.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-16-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 870
Posted By Mel
The valve cap is a dust cap. It is not designed...

The valve cap is a dust cap. It is not designed to hold air. If it is leaking you need to replace the valve stem core, not the cap.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,040
Posted By Mel
Have your significant other or build helper hold...

Have your significant other or build helper hold vacuum cleaner "crevice tool" close to the cutting.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-10-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By Mel
Remember that a tapered elevator will not have...

Remember that a tapered elevator will not have "flat" upper and lower surfaces.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,545
Posted By Mel
Just because it's been done doesn't mean it was...

Just because it's been done doesn't mean it was legal. It's also possible that they had their op lims amended to allow parachute jumping.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,545
Posted By Mel
Check your operating limitations before doing...

Check your operating limitations before doing this. Unless they have been amended, intentional parachute jumping is prohibited from Amateur-Built aircraft.

So, Jeff types faster than I do.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,545
Posted By Mel
Or maybe just prior to "ditching".

Or maybe just prior to "ditching".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 960
Posted By Mel
Yes! That's what I use.

Yes! That's what I use.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,678
Posted By Mel
Me Too!

I've had similar experience with Duracell. They were my "go-to" battery but recently I've had several fail & leak also.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By Mel
EAA 1246 Meeting this morning at TKI, 9 - 12. ...

EAA 1246 Meeting this morning at TKI, 9 - 12. Ask ground control for directions to EAA Hangars.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,584
Posted By Mel
That is correct. Transponder certification is a...

That is correct. Transponder certification is a "Flight" requirement. NOT as Airworthiness requirement. See Post 2 of this thread.
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-03-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,133
Posted By Mel
That would be 80 if you include the AN5 bolts in...

That would be 80 if you include the AN5 bolts in the rear spar attach and the fuel tank support bolts.!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,584
Posted By Mel
See above inserts. Also I do a presentation on...

See above inserts.

Also I do a presentation on this very subject for EAA Chapters willing to pay travel expenses to your meeting. Just did one this week for Chapter 168 in Dallas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By Mel
I've got one you are welcome to. Just come get...

I've got one you are welcome to. Just come get it.
Short Stop Airport (8TA5) 972-784-7544
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-18-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,780
Posted By Mel
Don't know about Utah, but you won't find many...

Don't know about Utah, but you won't find many 136 lb. average humans in Texas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 15,713
Posted By Mel
Yep, I've actually had people show up and state...

Yep, I've actually had people show up and state that they want the item but only brought $XXX.

"I'll take that as a non-refundable deposit and you can bring the rest when you come to pick it up!"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 15,713
Posted By Mel
When asked the question, "What's your bottom...

When asked the question, "What's your bottom dollar?" My answer is, "Did you read the ad closely? I think I included the price!"
Forum: Rocket 08-28-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,060
Posted By Mel
I would recommend starting with the canopy...

I would recommend starting with the canopy closed, not so much for structural integrity, but because of additional strain on the canopy hinge caused by an accidental high RPM start.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,114
Posted By Mel
RV-4, -6, -7, and -8 have interchangeable...

RV-4, -6, -7, and -8 have interchangeable wingtips.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,307
Posted By Mel
I agree!!!

I agree!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,307
Posted By Mel
THIS...is why it is very important to not...

THIS...is why it is very important to not overfill an auto engine with oil since in auto engines the oil sump is open to the lower end of the crankcase.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,988
Posted By Mel
Not True...

FAA Order 8130.2j says that you, as the owner may/must sign off this initial inspection:

(3) Verify that aircraft records include a completed statement from the owner that the aircraft has been...
Forum: Safety 08-22-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,321
Posted By Mel
Same here!

Same here!
Forum: Safety 08-21-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,321
Posted By Mel
Also remember that if you fail Class III, you...

Also remember that if you fail Class III, you fail and enter into FAA Medical ****.

If there is a problem you don't fail Basic Med. You simply don't pass. You and your doctor work out the problem...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,323
Posted By Mel
Back in another lifetime, while working at T.I.,...

Back in another lifetime, while working at T.I., I drove a '62 Chevy Stepside P-U with half a railroad tie for a front bumper.
People tended to give me right-of-way.
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-16-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,935
Posted By Mel
The "A" model will land shorter because you can...

The "A" model will land shorter because you can achieve a higher AOA on flare.
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