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Forum: RV-14 Today, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,080
Posted By Mel
Yep, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, I believe, said it...

Yep, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, I believe, said it first!
Forum: RV-14 Today, 11:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,080
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 Today, 09:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,080
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 Today, 06:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
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 Yesterday, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
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: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-17-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,951
Posted By Mel
If I remember correctly the wing skins on a...

If I remember correctly the wing skins on a Mooney are .050" most inboard skin and fuel tanks. The next outboard skin is .040" and the most outboard skin is .032". I'm pretty sure that the skin...
Forum: RV-12 10-17-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 736
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, 04:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
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, 11:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,409
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, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
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, 06:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
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, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 619
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, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
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, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
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, 03:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 958
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, 02:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,207
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, 11:15 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,880
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, 12:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,835
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, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,163
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, 06:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
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, 06:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,167
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, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 753
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, 07:14 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,880
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, 05:58 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,880
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, 10:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,100
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.
Forum: RV-12 10-02-2018, 09:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 899
Posted By Mel
Yes! The regs say it must be "readable by a...

Yes! The regs say it must be "readable by a person on the ground". It says nothing about a required "position" of the person on the ground.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,865
Posted By Mel
Congratulations Dave. I wondered how long it was...

Congratulations Dave. I wondered how long it was going to take someone to notice that that paragraph has not been in our operating limitations since the introduction or FAA Order 8130.2h in February...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By Mel
When doing this, be sure that all weight of the...

When doing this, be sure that all weight of the airplane is off the gear while measuring.

By design, this style gear will always have an amount of toe-out with the airplane on the ground.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,940
Posted By Mel
Don't be lulled not a false sense of security. ...

Don't be lulled not a false sense of security. Age isn't necessarily the fail factor of switches. I've seen fairly new switches fail too. Bottom line is that if you have a key type switch, you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,940
Posted By Mel
But again since you normally kill the engine with...

But again since you normally kill the engine with the mixture, you still need to periodically "test" the off position of the switch. The typical "mag check" does not test the off position.
Forum: Safety 09-29-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,345
Posted By Mel
§91.207(a)(1) requires you to have an ELT! If...

§91.207(a)(1) requires you to have an ELT! If you already have an ELT, why would you want to remove it? Maybe I'm not understanding your question.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,940
Posted By Mel
Personally I don't like "key" ignitions. They do...

Personally I don't like "key" ignitions. They do fail and the problem is that unless you test the "Off" position periodically, you won't know it's failed. By killing the engine with the mixture,...
Forum: RV-12 09-28-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 405
Posted By Mel
Look on the right side. Column named "Forum". ...

Look on the right side. Column named "Forum". Click on one that says "RV General Discussion/News"
Forum: Safety 09-28-2018, 06:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,345
Posted By Mel
But our aircraft DO fall under paragraph (a)(1)...

But our aircraft DO fall under paragraph (a)(1) of §91.207. Therefore you must have an ELT. You may substitute a PLB if your operations only fall under paragraph (e) or (f).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By Mel
Yeah. I sold my RV-6 over a month ago and the...

Yeah. I sold my RV-6 over a month ago and the new registration hasn't gone through. I called and they told me they were experiencing about 6-8 weeks lead time.

The good news is that they process...
Forum: RV-12 09-27-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By Mel
That's one of the emails that would be on my...

That's one of the emails that would be on my "quickly delete" list.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By Mel
The baggage bulkhead IS structural. Do not fly...

The baggage bulkhead IS structural. Do not fly without it.
I know it doesn't look very structural but it is. It adds torsional ridgidity to the fuselage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 915
Posted By Mel
Today's Front Page

Hey Vern, Congratulations!!!!!!!

I got mine in March.
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By Mel
Yes again. Once the aircraft is certificated in...

Yes again. Once the aircraft is certificated in the Experimental category, one can make any changes so long as it does not remove the aircraft from the definition of LSA as stated in 1.1 of the...
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By Mel
Yes, any mods approved by the kit manufacturer...

Yes, any mods approved by the kit manufacturer are acceptable.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-25-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,983
Posted By Mel
Are you saying that everyone doesn't have a...

Are you saying that everyone doesn't have a points file? My points file is laying in the drawer right next to my dwell meter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,221
Posted By Mel
Of course there are exceptions for everything.

Of course there are exceptions for everything.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,221
Posted By Mel
I'm not Dan, but I'll answer that. There is...

I'm not Dan, but I'll answer that. There is always a chance that the engine could start at full throttle. It could be a broken throttle cable, a flooded engine, etc. Regardless of the reason, if...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-23-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,562
Posted By Mel
Like Scott says, It has a whole lot to do with...

Like Scott says, It has a whole lot to do with the FSDO you are working with. Back when I got mine in the early '70s, only work on certified aircraft counted.

Their reasoning was that amateur-built...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,578
Posted By Mel
Yeah, They weren't real quick with plans...

Yeah, They weren't real quick with plans revisions back then.
My log shows: "8/18/91..Fitted forward canopy frame with new goose neck hinges. Trimmed canopy side rails & rear canopy bulkhead."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,578
Posted By Mel
See above notes. Just researched builder log. ...

See above notes. Just researched builder log. Canopy hinge change to the "hook" style was early to mid 1991.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-23-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 21,258
Posted By Mel
Confusing numbers reminds me of the young pilot...

Confusing numbers reminds me of the young pilot having dinner with his date.
Looking out of the airport restaurant window he was pointing out the different airplanes. His date asked if there was one...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-22-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,983
Posted By Mel
Oops, Did I just tell my age?

Oops, Did I just tell my age?
Forum: RV-12 09-22-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,954
Posted By Mel
Not that I recall. I'll have to do some...

Not that I recall. I'll have to do some research. Not tonight!
Forum: RV-12 09-22-2018, 02:21 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,954
Posted By Mel
Current ELSA Operating Limitations do not...

Current ELSA Operating Limitations do not reference the POH.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By Mel
Sounds like you have the wrong spacers. They...

Sounds like you have the wrong spacers. They should slip right through. They should not even be a tight fit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,167
Posted By Mel
If you would like, have the FSDO guys give me a...

If you would like, have the FSDO guys give me a call. I've done many of these conversions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,546
Posted By Mel
Exactly what we did. We charge non-member $20,...

Exactly what we did. We charge non-member $20, or they can join the Chapter for $20. We also supply a tech counselor to assist with the weighing.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-22-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By Mel
Also keep in mind that HP has little to do with...

Also keep in mind that HP has little to do with speed in an airplane. For take-off and climb, yes. But for speed, it takes a ton of HP increase to result in very little speed increase.

As far as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,167
Posted By Mel
Converting a Cessna SLSA would be the same...

Converting a Cessna SLSA would be the same procedure as converting an RV-12 SLSA. You will need to submit a program letter and airworthiness application (8130-6) to your local FSDO or DAR. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,546
Posted By Mel
Older "spring-type" scales were not known to be...

Older "spring-type" scales were not known to be accurate. However most bathroom scales are now based on load cells and they can be quite accurate. There is no regulation that says the scales have...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-21-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,983
Posted By Mel
It's a long shot, but...........

Sometimes after extreme weather conditions, especially high humidity, the mag points can become corroded. Try cleaning the mag points by running a business card through the contacts several times.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,863
Posted By Mel
If I come in the Cub, is there an award for the...

If I come in the Cub, is there an award for the longest time to get there?
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By Mel
email sent.

email sent.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-18-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 672
Posted By Mel
I'm guessing that these would be 3.125".

I'm guessing that these would be 3.125".
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,954
Posted By Mel
Not required.

Not required.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 27,954
Posted By Mel
Where in 91.205 do you find a "required heated...

Where in 91.205 do you find a "required heated pitot"?
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