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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By Steve Melton
I remember my neighbor rerouting those cables...

I remember my neighbor rerouting those cables slightly to mitigate bushing wear but I don't know the details.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 939
Posted By Steve Melton
looks like a good Winter read.

looks like a good Winter read.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
I would be concerned about quality. Printing...

I would be concerned about quality. Printing technology is still new and while our hardware is not flight critical it is still for flight and that raises the bar. Also, I like to hear the printers...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,493
Posted By Steve Melton
I like my Switchbox.

I like my Switchbox.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
hanging on at the edge of the canyon! I too am...

hanging on at the edge of the canyon! I too am feeling the pull to head West.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
good to hear. I think those will also work with...

good to hear. I think those will also work with the LightSpeed Sierra model.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
copy that, thx. whatever I do, I have to keep it...

copy that, thx. whatever I do, I have to keep it as simple as possible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Fuel Sump Tester Mount

I like it to be convenient and secure.

on the wall
https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/DSCN1824_zpsiug8we6d.jpg

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in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
taking a closer look at ABS/Carbon Fiber

one of our rudder pedal extensions ABS (grey) and ABS/Carbon (black) for a strength test. ABS/Carbon is stiffer by feel. Material test data states the ABS/Carbon is stronger but the the only way to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,059
Posted By Steve Melton
if I remember correctly from some past photo's,...

if I remember correctly from some past photo's, this is the approximate location they begin to tear during a flutter event.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
LightSpeed Tango

LightSpeed Tango control module. Needs to fit with cover on. I'll give it a try.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
TBO = 0 cycles :) to be used as an analysis...

TBO = 0 cycles :)

to be used as an analysis model to understand the torsional response with prop mass inertia. it is slow process to make this model but making some headway.

on a side note: I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Lycoming crankshaft

very early stages of a Lycoming crankshaft.

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap1_zpsgbxi4cka.png

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some headway for the base...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Fuel Sump Tester Mount

Kicking around a concept for simple fuel sump tester mount. I think I would test more frequently if the tester was easier to access.

A beginning...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2019, 03:27 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
LightSpeed Zulu3

This headset goes back to the owner tomorrow. A record two day turnaround. It is a very good fit. Approved for aerobatics but easy to remove. I like it and I know the owner will too.

Note for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
LightSpeed Zulu3

LightSpeed Zulu3 headset controller mount in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Vlad, I noticed you use a bigger head screw. ...

Vlad, I noticed you use a bigger head screw. That's the right approach for these. I followed your lead. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By Steve Melton
Amanda is shifting gears and moving on to other...

Amanda is shifting gears and moving on to other things. I told her I felt like she was stabbing me in the heart. She smiled at me and gave me a hug. It took me a couple of days to recover. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2019, 05:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By Steve Melton
Amanda's new love

I think what happened to Amanda is that she found a new love. It's now metal instead of plastic. I'm OK with that. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By Steve Melton
We are caught up with current shipping and all...

We are caught up with current shipping and all printers are operating.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By Steve Melton
thanks Amanda

Amanda is a Senior this year. Honor Band, plays Oboe, seated as second chair in the photo. No pop music for her, it's all classical. Straight A student. Engineering, Math and Physics courses...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By Steve Melton
No order received. No payment made. No one...

No order received. No payment made. No one will call you for CC info. No money lost.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By Steve Melton
good advice. we are taking it slowly...

good advice. we are taking it slowly here.

Amanda gave me her order website and I'm checking your order.

It appears to have been delivered Oct. 12. Let me know if you didn't receive it.

Bose A20...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By Steve Melton
I mentioned that to Amanda and got her going. ...

I mentioned that to Amanda and got her going. It may be time for a personnel change. Boys and computer games are causing interference. Well, that's life I guess.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By Steve Melton
a complex blend of emotion on first flight day. ...

a complex blend of emotion on first flight day. enjoy Phase I. it's a beautiful phase to own and operate an airplane.
Forum: Propellers 11-03-2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By Steve Melton
pump in new grease to get the old grease out.

pump in new grease to get the old grease out.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 11-02-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 849
Posted By Steve Melton
probably the cleanest rooms and best food.

probably the cleanest rooms and best food.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By Steve Melton
is Hartzell not approving it because of the lack...

is Hartzell not approving it because of the lack of a crankshaft damper on the Superior?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Prop pitch angle tool

Prop pitch angle tool

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap1_zpslfkahcip.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,321
Posted By Steve Melton
the stress is lower if you have back up steam...

the stress is lower if you have back up steam gauges.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,321
Posted By Steve Melton
I did the same.

I did the same.
Forum: Safety 10-22-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,239
Posted By Steve Melton
it seems most of my go-arounds are after flying...

it seems most of my go-arounds are after flying relatively long 3+ hr flights. why is that? I'm aware of it now and try to manage it and fly the numbers.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-20-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 47,250
Posted By Steve Melton
I liked all of the videos. Simply amazing!

I liked all of the videos. Simply amazing!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Spark Plug Lead Baffle Seal

checked the torque on the copilot side and it was OK. it had one re-torque since installation. re-torqued the pilot side for the first time, it had lost some torque since the install. I'll check...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,236
Posted By Steve Melton
Put-In-Bay Ohio

yes, Ohio has an island. very good weather. 55 minutes North Northeast of Cincy by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 05:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,073
Posted By Steve Melton
some material expansion numbers: spring steel...

some material expansion numbers:

spring steel 6150 coefficient of thermal expansion = 6.8

woven fiberglass / epoxy coefficient of thermal expansion = 10

unidirectional fiberglass / epoxy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,073
Posted By Steve Melton
it may not be a damper. bending stresses the...

it may not be a damper. bending stresses the outermost edges of a part. by laying carbon around the outside edges of the gear leg the gear stiffness is increased. the stiffness increase may...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 12:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,073
Posted By Steve Melton
some typical woven...

some typical woven properties

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/typical%20woven%20composite%20properties_zpsvkk7yyor.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
ABS and fiberglass filament

similar feel to carbon but not the same. lightweight and stiff.

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/DSCN1724_zpsvqtywv1e.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 10:36 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
ABS and Carbon fiber filament

a nice tactile feel material. stiff, lightweight, and beautiful. relatively quick to print....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
I'll check with her. One of the nice aspects of...

I'll check with her. One of the nice aspects of working these plastic parts with Amanda is that we communicate more than we would otherwise.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
I don't think Amanda is notified of questions on...

I don't think Amanda is notified of questions on her website for product comments. Just send her an email.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Spark Plug Lead Baffle Seal

Drill Pattern

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/drill%20pattern_zpsuccdlrpu.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Clarity Aloft

on the way back to the owner after 4 days with a couple free control mounts.

thx for the use of your headset for a pattern. you will like the fit.

so far we have:
Bose AHX
Bose A20
Clarity...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
spark plug lead seal

after a couple flights I inspected the copilot side. I noticed a slight loss of torque on the screws. This is normal for composite parts under heat load. Usually one re-torque is needed. I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Clarity Aloft

fitting a mount to the Clarity Aloft. thx for sending it in. it will be returned within a week with a couple mounts.

UV resistant ASA...
Forum: Propellers 10-11-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,130
Posted By Steve Melton
go high, dial the RPM back to 2200, and lean it...

go high, dial the RPM back to 2200, and lean it and you will be amazed at the fuel efficiency. have fun.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
3 hole version

within the same space as two hole version, a third hole added. max operating temperature =...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
baking nylon/carbon strip

0.1 inch thick x 0.5 inch wide strip baked at 250F, 260F, 270F, 280F, 290F, 300F over 3 hrs. temperature verified by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
installed

the previous pass thru was small and required some additional covers. the printed version covers all of it. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
spark plug lead pass thru

final design. I was able to clean it up some but it's not pretty but should be functional if max temperature < 250F. For my engine, for 115F day, max temp should be ~ 250F. The Tg for this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
we have no fear of 87 kt ground winds and above...

we have no fear of 87 kt ground winds and above that we still feel pretty good because we have stress margin. let it blow. RV7 rudder gust lock printing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
development parts on the way

Arizona should be a good place for testing these.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,372
Posted By Steve Melton
it's looking good

it's looking good
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
send me his name and address and Amanda will see...

send me his name and address and Amanda will see that he gets a couple for "testing".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
Kansas wind and thunderstorm

Jabara airport called me and said there are thunderstorms inbound do you want us to move your plane inside. Nope, it will be fine since it's chained and low chance for hail. When I picked it up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 03:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 967
Posted By Steve Melton
DC power related

My DC power cigarette lighter outlet usually supports my Dynon D2. While en route yesterday I thought I would test my backup GPS but it needed power so I pulled the D2 plug from the outlet. the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
I'll give them some time to fix it. I upgraded...

I'll give them some time to fix it. I upgraded to their pro because of increased data flow. If they can't fix it then I'll move to rvplasticparts.com.

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Photobucket response: The issue...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,369
Posted By Steve Melton
High School Reunion

40th High School reunion in Augusta KS. I hadn't been back in 40 yrs and I was not prepared for the warm feelings when seeing familiar but changed faces. Wichita to Cincy, 22 gallons, 11.5K, 605...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, Photobucket heads. I reposted the spark...

yeah, Photobucket heads. I reposted the spark plug pass thru.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 1,139
Views: 269,937
Posted By Steve Melton
spark plug lead pass thru

Carbon/nylon

First one off the line as printed. Needs some adjustment but I am confident it is going to be a nice fit. Lays flat on the back to within .002 inch when nested. Right side holes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,834
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow. talk about flying it all the way.

Wow. talk about flying it all the way.
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