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Forum: RV-12 Today, 10:30 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,942
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: 23
Views: 1,813
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: 23
Views: 1,813
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: 23
Views: 1,813
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...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 440
Posted By Mel
Also be aware that positive "G" maneuvers have a...

Also be aware that positive "G" maneuvers have a big influence on alternator rubbing the cowling. If you intend to do much aerobatics, you will need more than the minimum clearance.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 06-16-2018, 05:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,734
Posted By Mel
Yes. Exempted items are engine, prop, avionics,...

Yes. Exempted items are engine, prop, avionics, upholstery, wheels, and paint.
The good part is that if you DO build these parts yourself, you get credit. But if you don't, you are not penalized.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-15-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 440
Posted By Mel
Be aware that installing a longer belt will very...

Be aware that installing a longer belt will very likely cause the alternator to rub the cowling. There is not much lee-way here.

Remember; Every change usually necessitates other changes.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 06-15-2018, 06:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,734
Posted By Mel
While many thing are possible, it is VERY rare...

While many thing are possible, it is VERY rare that you can use many "certified" parts and still qualify as Amateur-Built.

The FAA looks much more closely at the Major Portion rule then it used to.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,637
Posted By Mel
Only if it's primed with ..............!

Only if it's primed with ..............!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-15-2018, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By Mel
When I painted my canopy, in 1993, I tried every...

When I painted my canopy, in 1993, I tried every primer you can imagine. Nothing seemed to work well. I finally found that using no primer at all worked best. I just scuffed up the plexiglass and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 672
Posted By Mel
What people have said is true. As far as...

What people have said is true. As far as "controlling FAR", Part 43 lists who can perform maintenance. Since Part 43 does not apply to Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft anyone can do maintenance...
Forum: Safety 06-13-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,111
Posted By Mel
I remember the XV-3 that successfully flew in the...

I remember the XV-3 that successfully flew in the early to mid 50s. Same basic concept.
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By Mel
Another small point; the diameter of the antenna...

Another small point; the diameter of the antenna affects bandwidth. The ELT antenna is small in diameter and therefore has very little bandwidth.
i.e. The further you get away from 121.5 Mhz., the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,544
Posted By Mel
The FAA suggests that you use the kit number but...

The FAA suggests that you use the kit number but it is not a requirement.
Forum: Safety 06-12-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,111
Posted By Mel
I remember the first time I came across one in...

I remember the first time I came across one in horizontal flight.
Seeing the size of the props (rotors) my first thought was, "Man, I can't wait to see the landing gear come down!"
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-08-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,563
Posted By Mel
Price reduced.

This IS an exceptional RV, and I don't want it to sit!
Forum: ADS-B 06-07-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 589
Posted By Mel
Often you can get a waiver for one flight to a...

Often you can get a waiver for one flight to a facility by calling the controlling facility.
Forum: Safety 06-06-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,027
Posted By Mel
THIS is the correct attitude!

THIS is the correct attitude!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-05-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,439
Posted By Mel
The rights we have in this country to build and...

The rights we have in this country to build and fly our own aircraft are absolutely fantastic. If people keep trying to push the limits of what we are allowed to do, things could get far...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-05-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Posted By Mel
It's yours if you want it.

I have a spare like the one Cleveland Tools sells. It's been drilled for 3 rivets. Of course you don't have to rivet it.
Donate $5 to Doug and email me your address.
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,027
Posted By Mel
So they TEACH complacency!

I would be inclined to find another instructor!
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,464
Posted By Mel
I have a reputation of finding lose jam nuts on...

I have a reputation of finding lose jam nuts on almost every airworthiness inspection. Once I arrived to inspect an RV-7 and was told, "I promise you will not find a loose jam nut on this airplane!"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,484
Posted By Mel
I did exactly the same thing!

I did exactly the same thing!
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-04-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 271
Posted By Mel
You have 1 & 2 reversed. The restricted fitting...

You have 1 & 2 reversed. The restricted fitting goes to the pressure gauge.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,496
Posted By Mel
The following is what is listed in you operation...

The following is what is listed in you operation limitations:

22. Night flight operations are authorized if the instruments specified in § 91.205(c) are installed, operational, and maintained per...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 06:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,496
Posted By Mel
The DAR does not "set" this requirement. The...

The DAR does not "set" this requirement. The requirement is a part of the Operating Limitations stipulated in FAA Order 8130.2j. The DAR may add additional requirements if it is determined to be a...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-03-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,780
Posted By Mel
See my post under "Public Service Announcement". ...

See my post under "Public Service Announcement". http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=161080
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-03-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,439
Posted By Mel
Public Service Announcement about buying airplane "parts".

Recently there have been notices for sale of "parted out" aircraft being sold without registration and/or airworthiness certificates.
Please be aware that, with the possible exception of...
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,971
Posted By Mel
I see a couple problems with this guy's...

I see a couple problems with this guy's procedure.
#1, You should never lift that leg. If your other foot should slip, the momentum of that leg will pull your body through the prop arc.
#2, When...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-28-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,563
Posted By Mel
Thanks John, I have no intention of slowing down....

Thanks John,
I have no intention of slowing down. Well...except for the difference between the RV and the Legend Cub.
My cruise speed in the air is all that will be "slowing down"!
I'm still doing...
Forum: RV-14 05-27-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By Mel
This may be true with your engine and prop. It...

This may be true with your engine and prop. It is not true on all engines and all props.
Forum: RV-14 05-27-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By Mel
Never assume anything! Do as Chris says, but...

Never assume anything! Do as Chris says, but make sure that #1 cylinder is at TDC.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-26-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,191
Posted By Mel
That's nice for their website. However as a DAR,...

That's nice for their website. However as a DAR, I have to follow FAA Regulations and Orders, and I have not received any information on changes or exemptions to the Regs. I have questions in to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-25-2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By Mel
Never Mind!

Well. I started to say "cheap", but in most cases you get what you pay for.
I've decided to bite the bullet and buy new.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-25-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,191
Posted By Mel
You are correct, for amateur-built motorglider,...

You are correct, for amateur-built motorglider, you do not need a medical, but you DO need a "glider" rating.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-25-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,191
Posted By Mel
Doesn't meet LSA definition!

Doesn't meet LSA definition!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-25-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By Mel
WTB ANR Headset.....NEVER MIND I decided to buy new.

Trying to get my Grandson started with flying lessons. Anyone have a used ANR headset reasonably priced?
Need something next week for Saturday HS Graduation.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-25-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,191
Posted By Mel
FAR part 1, Light-sport aircraft.....: (6) A...

FAR part 1, Light-sport aircraft.....:
(6) A single reciprocating engine, if powered.

(7) & (8) both give exceptions for the propeller if a powered glider. No exception for engine type if powered...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-25-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,563
Posted By Mel
I will be no less involved in the RV world. I...

I will be no less involved in the RV world. I will continue to inspect and certificate RVs and other aircraft, hopefully for many years to come.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-25-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,563
Posted By Mel
Another "Special" RV for sale. Price Reduced!

Ann & I don't do much cross country any more, so the RV-6 is going up for sale. February condition inspection. Will open up for pre-buy inspection.

RV-6 Tip-Up $69,800
Built by Mel & Ann Asberry,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,354
Posted By Mel
Larry's is a very good solution. A statement...

Larry's is a very good solution. A statement from the original builder should be sufficient. As stated before, you should get with your inspector and ask what he/she wants to see.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,354
Posted By Mel
This is what the inspector will be looking for. ...

This is what the inspector will be looking for. Taken from FAA Order 8130.2j:
b. Review Aircraft Records.
(1) Supporting Documentation for the Eligibility Statement.
(a)Review the builder’s...
Forum: RV-12 05-23-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 851
Posted By Mel
I actually did this when I built a Zenair 601HDS...

I actually did this when I built a Zenair 601HDS except I used pushrods from the "bellcrank" (forward of the firewall) to the carbs because I don't like the cables. This also removes the springs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,518
Posted By Mel
Pulling the prop control all the way back will...

Pulling the prop control all the way back will result in maximum pitch and minimum drag (If the governor is operating, i.e. prop is windmilling)

Actually if the engine stops turning, drag is reduced...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,236
Posted By Mel
In a word, Yes. AC 90-116 states that, to be...

In a word, Yes. AC 90-116 states that, to be eligible, the aircraft must be built from an "approved kit".
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,236
Posted By Mel
This checklist applies if you do not build from...

This checklist applies if you do not build from an "approved kit", if you modify the aircraft, and/or if you receive any amount of paid assistance.
The checklist is not difficult but is several pages...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-09-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 989
Posted By Mel
I wrap 2" wide strapping (like seat belt...

I wrap 2" wide strapping (like seat belt material) around the engine mount and lift by that.

As said before, do not use the engine hoist loop to lift the airplane.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,643
Posted By Mel
Yep!!! I Agree.

This makes it simpler for everyone.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,643
Posted By Mel
I have never denied one for this reason. However...

I have never denied one for this reason. However I HAVE required engineering data.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,643
Posted By Mel
The FAA/DAR can deny airworthiness certificate...

The FAA/DAR can deny airworthiness certificate for any reason they consider unsafe. If you have increased the gross weight from that established by the designer, the inspector may require...
Forum: Safety 05-07-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,645
Posted By Mel
Yep, my Crystalens (MK II) were installed...

Yep, my Crystalens (MK II) were installed November of 2012.
Still working great. Wore glasses for almost 60 years. Not now!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 616
Posted By Mel
It is your "builder' number issued with the tail...

It is your "builder' number issued with the tail kit.
Forum: Safety 05-05-2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,645
Posted By Mel
An approach does NOT take precedence over other...

An approach does NOT take precedence over other traffic. Remember that a radio is not required. Therefore NORDO traffic may not hear "approach traffic".

LISTEN UP? Of course, but also "HEAD ON A...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,645
Posted By Mel
On the other side of the coin, a friend of mine...

On the other side of the coin, a friend of mine back in his training days (Circa 1967). Practicing "controlled airport" work, he was heard to say, "Addison Tower, This is the Ace from outer space....
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,645
Posted By Mel
Above and beyond the operating limitations, we...

Above and beyond the operating limitations, we are still operating under part 91. So yes, 91.319(d)(3) applies.
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,645
Posted By Mel
91.319(d)(3) requires the use of "experimental"...

91.319(d)(3) requires the use of "experimental" "when operating into or out of airports with an operating control towers".

The AC addresses "non-towered airports".
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-03-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,153
Posted By Mel
Just be sure you don't alter the original floor. ...

Just be sure you don't alter the original floor. It IS structural!
Forum: ADS-B 05-03-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,420
Posted By Mel
The biggest factor of the ELT is that it operates...

The biggest factor of the ELT is that it operates independently of the aircraft's electrical system.
Forum: ADS-B 05-03-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,420
Posted By Mel
I think the point is that "Big Brother" is the...

I think the point is that "Big Brother" is the one requiring that you Broadcast this information.
Forum: Safety 04-30-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,949
Posted By Mel
I don't think texdog meant that his third class...

I don't think texdog meant that his third class medical would automatically revert to BasicMed. I read it as "HE" would revert to BasicMed after his third class was done.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,745
Posted By Mel
If it's full scale he should be OK.

If it's full scale he should be OK.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,745
Posted By Mel
Nope! Sorry, but the RV-7 is not a replica of...

Nope! Sorry, but the RV-7 is not a replica of the RV-6.

Actually there are a lot of "X" N numbers out there that are not legal to the letter of the law. FAA, Washington, interprets "replica" to be...
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