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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Today, 07:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,300
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 Yesterday, 04:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,994
Posted By Mel
Of course there are exceptions for everything.

Of course there are exceptions for everything.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 02:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,994
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: 1,247
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: 1,358
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: 1,358
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: 20,330
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: 23
Views: 1,300
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: 26,916
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: 26,916
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: 364
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: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-22-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,115
Posted By Mel
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Paul. Wish we could be there. We...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Paul. Wish we could be there. We got 6" of rain last night. VERY unusual for us.

Going to another birthday party this evening. Ken Whitehead, EX-Chief Pilot for Texas Instruments,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
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: 1,369
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: 498
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: 9
Views: 580
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: 1,369
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: 23
Views: 1,300
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: 2,506
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: 299
Posted By Mel
email sent.

email sent.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-19-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 869
Posted By Mel
Today's "Off Topic"

BUT.......Your password must have exactly 16 characters including at least 1 upper case letter, at least 1 lower case letter, at least 3 numbers separated by at least 1 symbol, and at least 1 delete....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-18-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By Mel
I'm guessing that these would be 3.125".

I'm guessing that these would be 3.125".
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-17-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 728
Posted By Mel
If his is gone, I may have one up for sale in the...

If his is gone, I may have one up for sale in the next week or so. Trying to shed some weight from my Legend Cub.
GNC250XL working fine, map data 02/2018.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 26,916
Posted By Mel
Not required.

Not required.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 26,916
Posted By Mel
Where in 91.205 do you find a "required heated...

Where in 91.205 do you find a "required heated pitot"?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Posted By Mel
Steve has some very good advice. Read it...

Steve has some very good advice. Read it carefully and think long and hard. Your first landings are not likely to be "pretty". These old Cessnas and Pipers were designed for student abuse. ...
Forum: RV-10 09-15-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,344
Posted By Mel
Yeah, but L-19 works pretty well too.

Yeah, but L-19 works pretty well too.
Forum: Propellers 09-14-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By Mel
A lot of people do it. I'm really surprised that...

A lot of people do it. I'm really surprised that Hartzell OKed it. Typically prop manufacturers are against it because of corrosion potential.

If you do polish, keep up with polishing
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-14-2018, 06:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Posted By Mel
Actually 6061 is much more corrosion resistant...

Actually 6061 is much more corrosion resistant than 2024. It is also much cheaper because is doesn't need to be alclad.
Most aircraft kits that come out of Canada are built entirely with 6061 and...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-13-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By Mel
I'll take it. Where to send check?

I'll take it. Where to send check?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,249
Posted By Mel
They shouldn't! EAA Technical Counselor visits...

They shouldn't! EAA Technical Counselor visits ARE on a voluntary basis.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-11-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By Mel
All the above information is true. On the other...

All the above information is true. On the other side of the coin, I often do more than one condition inspection per year.

If I have the aircraft substantially apart for any reason, sometimes I...
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,508
Posted By Mel
Yes, that is a problem. The information on the...

Yes, that is a problem. The information on the data plate must match the registration.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,358
Posted By Mel
I recommend the original "Prop-Rod" solution. I...

I recommend the original "Prop-Rod" solution. I never liked the struts.
And yes, you must have the slots cut above hinges. Cover the slots with 3-M tape and they will never be noticed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,736
Posted By Mel
Yes, this is something you should discuss with...

Yes, this is something you should discuss with your inspector. Most DARs will want inspection panels off, but not all.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,941
Posted By Mel
Not true! FSDO employees do not have the...

Not true! FSDO employees do not have the authority override or interpret regulations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,941
Posted By Mel
Unfortunately, many FAA employees do not fully...

Unfortunately, many FAA employees do not fully understand ALL FARs. And their interpretation does not override Official FAA (Washington) interpretation. It's not their fault. The experimental...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,941
Posted By Mel
The FAA defines/interprets compensation as...

The FAA defines/interprets compensation as receiving "ANY" kind of benefit.
This could be in any form of money, time building, experience, etc.
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 734
Posted By Mel
Most people obtain a second cage and cut away one...

Most people obtain a second cage and cut away one side.
Another option is to remove the cage and carefully "freehand" the countersink.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-08-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Posted By Mel
Besides size, the Continental is quite heavy.

Besides size, the Continental is quite heavy.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-08-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Posted By Mel
Well the biggest concern for me would be that I...

Well the biggest concern for me would be that I believe that the IO-360-ES is a 6 cylinder Continental and would not be well suited for an RV-7.
Forum: RV-12 09-07-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By Mel
Just for clarification.....

Classification of the aircraft has absolutely no bearing on whether or not you need a medical. As long as the aircraft meets LSA parameters it may be flown by a sport pilot with a valid driver's...
Forum: RV-10 09-06-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By Mel
On the other hand, I've built 8 airplanes using...

On the other hand, I've built 8 airplanes using nothing BUT the pop-rivet dimpler and vice-grip dimplers. Perfect dimples every time. Find the correct nail, use pneumatic puller, adjust air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,847
Posted By Mel
.......And get out early!

.......And get out early!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,346
Posted By Mel
No. 1 piece of advice (and I'm sure you know this...

No. 1 piece of advice (and I'm sure you know this already) NEVER let the sweat sit on the aluminum overnight. Clean everything immediately after each work session.
If you are going to paint, clean...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Posted By Mel
My O-320-E3D has over 850 hrs. since installing...

My O-320-E3D has over 850 hrs. since installing 9.5:1 pistons.
No negative effects as yet. I DID install new Lycoming cylinders at the same time.
Burns about a quart every 12-14 hrs. of normal...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-04-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,488
Posted By Mel
My $.02

When Garmin first come on the scene, they were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately they have moved on the the rich crowd and abandoned us "low income folks". For example, they came...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,721
Posted By Mel
I'm not sure that "Better" and "Cheaper" will...

I'm not sure that "Better" and "Cheaper" will play well together. I think a more practical statement would be to "Pick One"!
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-04-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,900
Posted By Mel
They still need to have a full thread beyond the...

They still need to have a full thread beyond the nut.
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By Mel
That's going to depend entirely on what you...

That's going to depend entirely on what you intend to run through it. You will need to determine how many of what size tubing, wires, etc. you will be using, put them together in a bundle and see...
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 561
Posted By Mel
Like just about every other part of the airplane....

Like just about every other part of the airplane. The standard is that you will "build" the airplane at least twice and as often as 3 times by the time you are through.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By Mel
It won't hurt anything, but not really necessary....

It won't hurt anything, but not really necessary. Like Robertc says, the rivet expands slightly to fill the hole.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-03-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,900
Posted By Mel
Yep! I see several short bolts. Must have a...

Yep! I see several short bolts. Must have a minimum of one full thread beyond the locknut.
Forum: RV-12 09-03-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,111
Posted By Mel
Any time you add air to a tire, any kind of tire,...

Any time you add air to a tire, any kind of tire, you should wipe a bit of spit onto the valve stem. If a bubble appears, the valve stem is leaking for some reason. Never depend on the cap to hold...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-03-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By Mel
I can bring the kit to the EAA meeting tomorrow...

I can bring the kit to the EAA meeting tomorrow night. Walt is doing our presentation.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-03-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By Mel
Overhead Rudder Pedal Conversion (RV-6)

I have a kit to convert floor mounted rudder pedals to the later overhead style. Complete kit for dual brakes.

Van's price $450. My price $250 plus shipping.
Forum: RV-10 09-02-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 982
Posted By Mel
The hinges work very well between the...

The hinges work very well between the longitudinal seam. They work very well vertically on the sides of the bottom cowling. Many people have found them nice across the top.
Personally, most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 74,199
Posted By Mel
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Some do, some don't. The ones that consider an O-320 RV to be under powered are the same people that think a pick-up MUST have a V-8 engine, regardless of HP.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-02-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,721
Posted By Mel
Keep in mind that the flaps carry a lot of load. ...

Keep in mind that the flaps carry a lot of load. The flaps are the only control surface that are deflected steeply into the airstream and remain there. Other control surfaces are deflected into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By Mel
I recommend putting it in. It's a little more...

I recommend putting it in. It's a little more trouble now, but much more difficult later. You may not be planning changes now, but I promise you, if you don't allow for it, it WILL happen.

A...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-31-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 824
Posted By Mel
I found just what I was looking for. Thanks...

I found just what I was looking for.

Thanks everyone.
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 08-31-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,947
Posted By Mel
Unfortunately his excuse is completely invalid. ...

Unfortunately his excuse is completely invalid. His duty is to visually check for traffic on final before taking the runway. It has little to do with radio transmissions.
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