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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 01:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 726
Posted By Mel
One of my favorite responses to these people is,...

One of my favorite responses to these people is, "The Titanic was built by professionals. The Arc was a home-built!"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 01:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 726
Posted By Mel
Your answer her should have been, "Luck isn't a...

Your answer her should have been, "Luck isn't a factor in the building or flying process!"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 09:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By Mel
The mfg. date for amateur-built aircraft is the...

The mfg. date for amateur-built aircraft is the date of certification. That should have been on the 8130-6, application for airworthiness.
A call to registration should straighten things out.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-17-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 691
Posted By Mel
Pulled Lycoming O-320-E3D from Beechcraft Sport...

Pulled Lycoming O-320-E3D from Beechcraft Sport that had been damaged in a windstorm. Air Salvage of Dallas test run the engine. I installed it on my RV-6 at 2500 hr. total time. Had to change the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By Mel
I think the delays you are hearing about are...

I think the delays you are hearing about are Special number requests and N number changes. There is quite a wait for some of these. I believe original applications go through pretty quick.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By Mel
Requesting a special N number should not cause...

Requesting a special N number should not cause any delay. Keep in mind that even though the EAA package is nice, they haven't kept up with the latest changes. The last package I saw was still using...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-13-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By Mel
There is nothing wrong with flying with the flaps...

There is nothing wrong with flying with the flaps "reflexed" a couple of degrees.
Just do enough flight testing to see how it affects stall speed in all configurations. Shouldn't be enough to be...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-12-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By Mel
Not Normal....

Before you repair it again, try and find what's causing the cracks. Possibly the transition from cowling to carb inlet is too short allowing the engine vibration to exert pressure on the cowling.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By Mel
I travel. Of course it would be considerable...

I travel. Of course it would be considerable travel expense to travel to Delaware.

I have to get approval. Approval is usually no more than 1 or 2 days lead time. Unfortunately no approval until...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-09-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,159
Posted By Mel
If you are going EAB, you could simply delete the...

If you are going EAB, you could simply delete the prop when ordering and wait to see what wrings out. If you are going ELSA, you will need to comply with whatever Vans offers.
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2019, 10:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,470
Posted By Mel
Just to add to what Ironflight says, If the...

Just to add to what Ironflight says, If the failure is such that the prop isn't windmilling, you probably shouldn't use the starter anyway.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By Mel
I agree totally about the naming of the...

I agree totally about the naming of the certificate. This has been brought up many times, but it IS the gubermint. What'cha gonna do?

As far as needing the certificate to fix squawks to get the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-07-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By Mel
The biggest difference between ELSA and EAB, with...

The biggest difference between ELSA and EAB, with respect to the repairman certificate is that the ELSA was originally but to a "standard". EAB aircraft are not!

It would be very difficult to cover...
Forum: Canada 01-07-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By Mel
Don't know Canadian rules but.........

In the U.S. there is no requirement for a kit to be on the "Approved Kit List". If it is not, then there is a checklist to prove "Major Portion".
This is nothing new. It's been this way for many...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By Mel
3M tape. This is the tape that glider pilots use...

3M tape. This is the tape that glider pilots use to cover wing root connections.
My -6 is painted Matterhorn White (Very common color), and it matched perfectly.
The tape is expensive but a roll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,767
Posted By Mel
One of my pet peeves is people who say lose...

One of my pet peeves is people who say lose weight instead of building light.

Why not do both? I promise building light is the easier of the 2!
Forum: Texas (North) 01-04-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 318
Posted By Mel
Coffee & Donuts at TKI. 9am. First Saturday...

Coffee & Donuts at TKI. 9am. First Saturday every month.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,023
Posted By Mel
One was a reserved number, other's were active.

One was a reserved number, other's were active.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,023
Posted By Mel
Yes, the number may be reassigned to you by...

Yes, the number may be reassigned to you by having the previous owner release it to you. I've done this a few times in the past and about to do it again.
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-02-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 691
Posted By Mel
I would consider installing a belcrank either...

I would consider installing a belcrank either under the cowling or under the instrument panel to reverse direction of the cable operation.

I wouldn't be comfortable with such a long cable dong a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,255
Posted By Mel
Be careful underinsuring your aircraft....

Be careful underinsuring your aircraft. Conceivably, you could have a minor claim, the insurance company could "total" the aircraft and buy it for the insured value. I've seen this happen with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,069
Posted By Mel
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the RV-12 E-LSA kit is available with a turbo. That would have to be built as an EAB.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,331
Posted By Mel
Both my MIDO and FSDO give me pretty much free...

Both my MIDO and FSDO give me pretty much free range on assignment of Phase I test area as long as I keep it reasonable. I base the size of the test area on the cruise speed of the aircraft. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,331
Posted By Mel
See above.

See above.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-30-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 92,633
Posted By Mel
One of the biggest reasons for Van's reputation...

One of the biggest reasons for Van's reputation is that he designs a relatively simple, easy to build, great performing airplane.
A round fuselage like the Falco and a tapered wing would increase...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-30-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,505
Posted By Mel
Actually the red plane WAS the test aircraft. ...

Actually the red plane WAS the test aircraft. They imbedded thermistors into the structure while building with the intent of testing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 888
Posted By Mel
They're pretty good at taking care of things like...

They're pretty good at taking care of things like this promptly. I'm sure you will get it straightened out Monday. BTW, you don't have to wait for the hard copy to get the Airworthiness done. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,687
Posted By Mel
Most companies that give a Veteran Discount will...

Most companies that give a Veteran Discount will accept a driver's license or handgun license that has the "Veteran" confirmation on it. Others want to see a copy of your DD-214.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-25-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,229
Posted By Mel
Like DaleB says; you cannot convert ELSA to EAB. ...

Like DaleB says; you cannot convert ELSA to EAB. After certification, one may perform any modifications to an ELSA that doesn't take the aircraft out of LSA parameters.
Forum: Propellers 12-24-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,143
Posted By Mel
My vote, if you can wait it out, is 100% for the...

My vote, if you can wait it out, is 100% for the Catto. I've flown behind a lot of different F/P props in my 51 years of flying and I've never found anything else close to the performance,...
Forum: Propellers 12-24-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,143
Posted By Mel
I have to agree. A prop is not a place to take...

I have to agree. A prop is not a place to take shortcuts. It is a critical piece of your airplane. PLEASE do not fly behind a wood prop that has obvious delamination. Think about how fast that...
Forum: Propellers 12-22-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,143
Posted By Mel
The Sensenich F/P metal prop uses a totally...

The Sensenich F/P metal prop uses a totally different extension than a wood prop. Early RV-6 used a 4" extension for F/P and a 2 1/4" extension for C/S.
Later airplanes all used the 2 1/4" extension...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 937
Posted By Mel
People, People, People.........

PLEASE READ YOUR OPERATING LIMITATIONS. This question comes up far too often. The following limitation is contained in ALL Operating Limitations issued to Experimental Aircraft, and has been for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 623
Posted By Mel
Congratulations on find the problem. However your...

Congratulations on find the problem. However your reasoning doesn't quite make sense. Flight loads will push the flaps toward the "up" position, and should have the same effect as retracting the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 937
Posted By Mel
It's all listed in your operating limitations.

It's all listed in your operating limitations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,940
Posted By Mel
I can no longer measure the step height as my -6...

I can no longer measure the step height as my -6 now lives in Louisiana. Don't know if the -7 sits taller or not.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,544
Posted By Mel
Not sure I understand the reasoning here. I've...

Not sure I understand the reasoning here. I've hand propped quite a few fuel injected aircraft in my time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,940
Posted By Mel
These steps are my own original design and built...

These steps are my own original design and built from scratch. The material came from left over material from a Super Cub replica kit and was supplied by Jay Pratt.
I didn't want to modify original...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,940
Posted By Mel
I think you will be surprised at how much the...

I think you will be surprised at how much the "reach" is shortened from having to step all the way to the wingwalk. My Wife is approaching 80 and is 5'2" and has no problem with these steps. She...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,940
Posted By Mel
I did replace the cutaway portion of the rib with...

I did replace the cutaway portion of the rib with a doubler. You cannot install my step without doing that because the support plate is on the inside. Look carefully at all photos.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,940
Posted By Mel
I'm getting quite a bit of response about having...

I'm getting quite a bit of response about having the baggage floor riveted in.
Drilling out the baggage floor rivets is a very simple operation.
If you're not up to that, you may not be up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,940
Posted By Mel
I don't do pictures on the forum but send me your...

I don't do pictures on the forum but send me your email and I'll forward them.
Forum: RV-10 12-16-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,238
Posted By Mel
Keep in mind that in these production aircraft,...

Keep in mind that in these production aircraft, firewall access panels were "designed in".
I would not consider this type of mod without authorization from the designer/kit manufacturer.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-15-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,350
Posted By Mel
Just as a point, when I built my -6 (First flight...

Just as a point, when I built my -6 (First flight May of 1993) I started with the alternator off, turning it on after start. After several years and alternator changes, I removed the alt switch and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-13-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By Mel
"I certify that this aircraft, RV-12, S/N 120436,...

"I certify that this aircraft, RV-12, S/N 120436, was built with materials and instructions provided by Vans Aircraft Inc. I have inspected it and consider it eligible for an Experimental...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By Mel
No. Reissuance of op lims is not required. It...

No. Reissuance of op lims is not required. It just makes things simpler for the next time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By Mel
No, but you must have authorization from the...

No, but you must have authorization from the local FSDO.

"14. After incorporating a major change as described in § 21.93, the aircraft owner is required to reestablish compliance with § 91.319(b)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By Mel
I would recommend that you contact your local...

I would recommend that you contact your local FSDO or a DAR and have your op lims amended. The new op lims will move the phase I test area to your local area and approve aerobatics.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By Mel
Any aerobatic maneuvers to be flown must first be...

Any aerobatic maneuvers to be flown must first be tested within phase I. You may place the aircraft back into phase I for a minimum of 5 hours at any time.
This is listed in the operating...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,502
Posted By Mel
An inconvenience no one has mentioned; if you fly...

An inconvenience no one has mentioned; if you fly left seat with right hand on the stick, you will constantly be changing hands to operate radios, transponder, switches, etc.
First, try flying with...
Forum: Flight Testing 12-07-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By Mel
If you are referring to an increase in gross...

If you are referring to an increase in gross weight for LSA, then just sit back with a BIG bag of popcorn. The NPRM is planned for January, 2019. With comment period to follow (and there will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,809
Posted By Mel
In the early days, this was a commonly "needed"...

In the early days, this was a commonly "needed" adjustment on the RV-4. It is NOT common on later models.
Typically in cruise you should see about 1/4" to 3/8" of the counterbalance horns. 3/4"...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-05-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,552
Posted By Mel
If you already have an engine and/or avionics...

If you already have an engine and/or avionics that you want to use.
If you prefer to obtain the repairman certificate without have to attend a class.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-04-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,552
Posted By Mel
65.104 and 65.107 both clearly define the...

65.104 and 65.107 both clearly define the requirements and privileges of the repairman certificate holder.

Maintenance is not defined under those parts because "maintenance" authorization is defined...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-04-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,552
Posted By Mel
Once again, anyone can do all maintenance and/or...

Once again, anyone can do all maintenance and/or modifications on any experimental amateur-built or experimental light-sport aircraft. The only thing the repairman certificate authorizes is the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-03-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,545
Posted By Mel
I've told you a trillion times, "Don't...

I've told you a trillion times, "Don't exaggerate!"
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-30-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,553
Posted By Mel
A "left" crosswind causes the airplane to...

A "left" crosswind causes the airplane to "weathervane" to the left requiring more right rudder. You are already using right rudder to compensate for "P" factor, so you will run out of right rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,866
Posted By Mel
Well, there are 12 months in each year and there...

Well, there are 12 months in each year and there are 13 RV models. Which one should be left out?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 923
Posted By Mel
This method has been used successfully for years....

This method has been used successfully for years. I remember when these shipped through USPS for $30. No longer!
Forum: ADS-B 11-27-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By Mel
To be more precise, the Trig control head is only...

To be more precise, the Trig control head is only 1.7" tall by 2.25" wide. It has spacers that make it fit a 2 1/4" hole if needed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 552
Posted By Mel
If you're talking about Allan of AntiSplatAero,...

If you're talking about Allan of AntiSplatAero, he posted about an hour ago on "Several Surplus Items".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By Mel
Only if those maneuvers were flown in the initial...

Only if those maneuvers were flown in the initial phase I. Most people wait until they are more comfortable with the airplane, then go back into phase I for aerobatic testing.
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