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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Today, 07:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By Mel
That's how you get 1/2 as many bugs!

That's how you get 1/2 as many bugs!
Forum: Texas (South) Yesterday, 07:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By Mel
I do aircraft in San Antonio, if you don't mind...

I do aircraft in San Antonio, if you don't mind spending a little travel money.
Forum: Propellers 08-14-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 546
Posted By Mel
Actually the glide ratio will increase of...

Actually the glide ratio will increase of anything. The drag of a prop is determined by disk area and a 3-blade has a smaller diameter.
The only glide compliant I've heard for the 3-blade is the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-14-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By Mel
email sent.

email sent.
Forum: RV-14 08-14-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 798
Posted By Mel
I think this is an exaggeration!

I think this is an exaggeration!
Forum: Tools 08-14-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 762
Posted By Mel
I have to go along with Brian on 2-stage...

I have to go along with Brian on 2-stage compressors. I have this exact same pump. You can stand next to it and talk in a normal voice. They also last a VERY long time. I use mine daily, change...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 58,561
Posted By Mel
The biggest problem with a strut-less high wing...

The biggest problem with a strut-less high wing is head room. Without struts you will need a hefty spar carry-through. This takes up a lot of room just where you don't want it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,550
Posted By Mel
I also appears that the airworthiness was issued...

I also appears that the airworthiness was issued in error. Looks like the airworthiness certificate was issued under "Kit Built", 21.191(h). It should be under "Amateur-Built", 21.191(g).
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-13-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By Mel
Certainly. It is a self etching primer. Very...

Certainly. It is a self etching primer. Very tough.
Forum: COMM 08-13-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 123
Posted By Mel
I mounted mine on the forward side of the sub...

I mounted mine on the forward side of the sub panel.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-13-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By Mel
It sounds as if you may be trying to put down too...

It sounds as if you may be trying to put down too thick a coat. This stuff needs only a VERY thin coat.
Properly applied, you should almost have to hold a piece of bare aluminum next to it to tell...
Forum: Tools 08-13-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 762
Posted By Mel
I might also add that someone earlier compared a...

I might also add that someone earlier compared a 4.5 cfm to a 5.5 cfm.

That's almost a 20% difference.
Forum: Tools 08-13-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 762
Posted By Mel
CFM of an air compressor is like CI of an...

CFM of an air compressor is like CI of an internal combustion engine.
There is no replacement for either.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 660
Posted By Mel
Only for nighttime or IFR operations. For...

Only for nighttime or IFR operations. For daytime VFR nothing is required.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-09-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 300
Posted By Mel
email sent

Email sent.
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mel
Just a guess, but could it be that maybe the kit...

Just a guess, but could it be that maybe the kit is not yet certified?

Has Vans shipped final kits for the new model?
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mel
I remember once, Joe & I thought we had made a...

I remember once, Joe & I thought we had made a mistake, but we were wrong!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 669
Posted By Mel
Then you should use 1/8" rivets. "Oops" rivets...

Then you should use 1/8" rivets. "Oops" rivets are not meant to be used in a continuous row.
Forum: California 08-08-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 687
Posted By Mel
As far as the FAA is concerned, the "project"...

As far as the FAA is concerned, the "project" becomes an airplane upon being issued an airworthiness certificate.
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mel
Yep, Someone made a mistake. Your...

Yep, Someone made a mistake. Your registration/certification is in error.

"For kit built experimental light-sport aircraft, the kit manufacturer shall be listed as the manufacturer."
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mel
That is correct. Further evidence is that the...

That is correct. Further evidence is that the "builder" is "Experimental Aircraft Assn Inc".
If it were ELSA, "Vans Aircraft Inc" would be listed as the builder.
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mel
Only the EAA knows for sure!

Only the EAA knows for sure!
Forum: RV-12 08-08-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mel
Airplane is owned by Experimental Aircraft Assn...

Airplane is owned by Experimental Aircraft Assn Inc.
I suspect that the EAA has sufficient A&Ps that a repairman certificate is not needed.
Forum: RV-12 08-06-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,424
Posted By Mel
When I was in the Air force, we were told, "If...

When I was in the Air force, we were told, "If you haven't heard a rumor by 10 am, start one!"

I was in for 6 years and NEVER got to start one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,808
Posted By Mel
After reading all the arrival problems threads,...

After reading all the arrival problems threads, if all those people that claim they will not return keep their word, parking may not be a problem next year.
Forum: RV-12 08-06-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,424
Posted By Mel
Once the aircraft is certificated as SLSA or...

Once the aircraft is certificated as SLSA or ELSA, one may not "leave the LSA category". If the max gross weight for LSA changes, one may increase the gross weight up to design limits of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-04-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By Mel
Paint can be very "adhesive". I might suggest...

Paint can be very "adhesive". I might suggest that you run a razor blade through the tank/wing joint. I know you don't want to cut too much paint, but if it is adhered that tight, it will probably...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By Mel
Air inside the aircraft is not necessarily...

Air inside the aircraft is not necessarily "static". Open and closing outside vents will change the "static" inside the fuselage.
On low speed aircraft like Cubs & such this is sometimes acceptable,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,214
Posted By Mel
"SECRETLY"? Not any more!

"SECRETLY"? Not any more!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 926
Posted By Mel
Not sure I understand this. Your condition...

Not sure I understand this. Your condition inspection expires on the last day of the 12th month after it was last completed. i.e. If it was signed off on 03 AUG 2017, it is good until 31 AUG 2018.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 926
Posted By Mel
Never "RUSH" a modification to an airframe;...

Never "RUSH" a modification to an airframe; especially a fuel tank.

Why is Friday a deadline?
Forum: Propellers 07-29-2018, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 221
Posted By Mel
Since wood props are individually hand carved...

Since wood props are individually hand carved each one is slightly different. You will probably need to cut the spinner to fit each individual prop.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-29-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 823
Posted By Mel
This rule applies to ALL nose draggers. Not just...

This rule applies to ALL nose draggers. Not just RVs. The nose wheel is for taxiing. Not take-offs and landings.
Forum: RV-14 07-28-2018, 06:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,218
Posted By Mel
A word of caution!

When I built my Moni Motorglider, I opted for the tinted canopy because I had no intention of flying it at night.
Just for reference, one evening, I flew around the pattern at sundown.
The instant...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By Mel
Amateur-built aircraft are not "approved" in the...

Amateur-built aircraft are not "approved" in the operating limitations. The statement in the op lims puts the monkey on the back of the operator. The aircraft is approved for night flight if it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,128
Posted By Mel
I'm gonna disagree slightly here on paint weight....

I'm gonna disagree slightly here on paint weight. Done properly, paint can add little weight. My paint job added 19 lbs., has won numerous awards, and looks as good as it did in 1993. Two coats of...
Forum: Safety 07-20-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,373
Posted By Mel
Like JonJay says; Maybe/Maybe not. Even though...

Like JonJay says; Maybe/Maybe not.

Even though most Amateur-Built DARs do a very through inspection, it is not a requirement. The primary requirement is to certify that the aircraft meets the...
Forum: RV-12 07-13-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,088
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: 6
Views: 1,058
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: 270
Views: 58,561
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: 439
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: 697
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: 830
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: 9
Views: 843
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: 353
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: 353
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: Engine Monitors 06-30-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
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: Trip Write-ups 06-29-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,988
Posted By Mel
Just wait 'til the Spring Thaw!

Just wait 'til the Spring Thaw!
Forum: Texas (North) 06-25-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 944
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: 45
Views: 6,138
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: 45
Views: 6,138
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: 45
Views: 6,138
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: 948
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: 2,873
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: 473
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: 4,865
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: 4,865
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: 4,865
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: 23,390
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: 4,865
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: 4,865
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: 4,865
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...
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