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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 04:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 177
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 Yesterday, 10:57 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,985
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: 1
Views: 91
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: 491
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: 943
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: 6
Views: 548
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: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-16-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,091
Posted By Mel
Roberta, A few questions about you beautiful...

Roberta, A few questions about you beautiful boat: Fuel Injected or Carb, Electronic Ignition or Mags, F/P or Constant speed, Round instruments or EFIS, and finally, what kind of primer?
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 861
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: 861
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: 861
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: 861
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: 190
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: 2,791
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: 1,044
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: 222
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: 600
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: 1,761
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: 1,785
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: 627
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: 1,785
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: 18
Views: 1,008
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: 468
Posted By Mel
email sent.

email sent.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-04-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,973
Posted By Mel
Lucky is one of the best around and I would trust...

Lucky is one of the best around and I would trust him with my life. I've known him for MANY years.
But remember, only the factory can "zero time" an engine. This would be "0 SMOH".
Forum: ADS-B 10-31-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
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: 2,355
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: 474
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: 1,106
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: 1,106
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: 1,881
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: 399
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: 4
Views: 469
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: 4
Views: 469
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: 958
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: 1,446
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: 544
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: 1,533
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: 323
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: 492
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: 2,988
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: 2,988
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: 2,988
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: 1,754
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: 1,754
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: 1,350
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: 1,533
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: 2,270
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...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Mel
If water hardens on MY airplane, bugs are the...

If water hardens on MY airplane, bugs are the least of my worries!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Mel
Best product to remove bugs from leading edge is...

Best product to remove bugs from leading edge is water! But you must remove them on the day of their demise. i.e. Never let a bug spend the night on your airplane.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 861
Posted By Mel
Don't know about the "pointy" thing, but anyone...

Don't know about the "pointy" thing, but anyone with a little fiberglass experience can do the "screwless mod". I did it on mine and it looks great.

People always ask what holds the spinner on and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By Mel
Yes, installing an autopilot modifies your...

Yes, installing an autopilot modifies your control system and can affect the flight characteristics of the aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By Mel
It depends on your operating limitations. Some...

It depends on your operating limitations. Some simply require that you "notify the FSDO of your test area", and some require "approval in writing".
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,744
Posted By Mel
I think the debate here is between E-10 and E-15,...

I think the debate here is between E-10 and E-15, not E-85.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,596
Posted By Mel
Both Chuck and Jeff fly for American Airlines, so...

Both Chuck and Jeff fly for American Airlines, so they may be on a trip. They will respond when they get your message.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,806
Posted By Mel
Maybe, maybe not. Nothing has been said about...

Maybe, maybe not. Nothing has been said about changes to stall speed, etc. Lots of things can change. I wouldn't plan on anything until the final rule. And we're still several months away from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,424
Posted By Mel
Don't forget, gross weight is not the only...

Don't forget, gross weight is not the only requirement for Sport-Pilots.
Top speed and clean stall speed come to mind.

Nothing will "start" until the rules go through an NPRM procedure.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,263
Posted By Mel
Not quite sure if she can reach the mag switch,...

Not quite sure if she can reach the mag switch, why can't she reach the starter?
My Wife flew our RV-6 from the right seat. We had the mag switches and starter on the throttle/mixture/etc. sub...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Posted By Mel
The good part about these "excepted" items is...

The good part about these "excepted" items is that if you have them done, it doesn't count against you, but if you DO them yourself, you get credit toward the 51%.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,361
Posted By Mel
Certainly. As long as all your changes are...

Certainly. As long as all your changes are factory approved, you're good to go.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-05-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,019
Posted By Mel
Be careful of small toggle switches that are...

Be careful of small toggle switches that are rated at 5 amps. Most of these are rated for 5A AC. DC rating is not the same.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,806
Posted By Mel
Yep, like I said, the 170B is a great airplane. ...

Yep, like I said, the 170B is a great airplane. I really enjoyed mine. Putting a Lyc O-360, and constant speed prop on the nose really helps the performance. The only comment I don't understand...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,806
Posted By Mel
Cessna 170B also has a 6-cylinder Continental...

Cessna 170B also has a 6-cylinder Continental engine, unless it's been converted.
I used to have one. It is a great airplane. It is NOT fast and it will not haul a big load.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-03-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,468
Posted By Mel
You don't have to remove it. You just need a...

You don't have to remove it. You just need a hole to relieve pressure.
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