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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs Today, 07:18 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,928
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 Yesterday, 09:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 700
Posted By Mel
Oops, Did I just tell my age?

Oops, Did I just tell my age?
Forum: RV-12 Yesterday, 09:26 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 26,696
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 Yesterday, 02:21 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 26,696
Posted By Mel
Current ELSA Operating Limitations do not...

Current ELSA Operating Limitations do not reference the POH.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
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) Yesterday, 09:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,794
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 Yesterday, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
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 Yesterday, 07:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,105
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 Yesterday, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
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 Yesterday, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
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: 12
Views: 1,105
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: 12
Views: 700
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: 2,430
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: 278
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: 848
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: 563
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: 718
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: 26,696
Posted By Mel
Not required.

Not required.
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 26,696
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: 823
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: 1,301
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: 276
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: 486
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: 318
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: 2,240
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: 400
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: 7,466
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: 15
Views: 967
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: 5,715
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: 1,932
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: 1,932
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: 1,932
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: 718
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: 466
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: 466
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: 631
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: 865
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: 3,792
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: 1,342
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: 931
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: 2,448
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: 18
Views: 2,301
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: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-04-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,521
Posted By Mel
Shameless Post

Just one shameless post to round off post count!

I figure one out of 10,000 shouldn't hurt.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-04-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,827
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: 334
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: 556
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: 668
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: 2,827
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: 2,056
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: 331
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: 331
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: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-02-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Posted By Mel
I have a hangar available at Short Stop if you're...

I have a hangar available at Short Stop if you're up on short/narrow field work.
Many people are uncomfortable with 20' X 1500'.
Short Stop is 15 miles east of TKI.
Call or email if interested....
Forum: RV-10 09-02-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 976
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: 345
Views: 73,700
Posted By Mel
[/COLOR][/B] Some do, some don't. The ones that...

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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: 18
Views: 2,301
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: 314
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: 822
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: 1,907
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.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-30-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 822
Posted By Mel
WTB Derelict BD-5 kit. FOUND ONE...THANKS.

Looking for a derelict BD-5 kit. I know there has to be several of these kits around in the back of hangars. I don't want airworthy components. I don't need engine, instruments, landing gear, etc....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-30-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,605
Posted By Mel
I can't believe you would leave those "GodAwfull"...

I can't believe you would leave those "GodAwfull" steps hanging out in the breeze! Gotta cost you at least 0.2 kts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,504
Posted By Mel
Sad RV Story

January 10, 1989, after a long conversation with Richard Vangrunsven, Ann, Myself, and Red Marron ordered 2 RV-6 kits. In May of 1993 both airplanes flew within 2 days of each other. Late into...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-28-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 634
Posted By Mel
I'm not Walt, but.......

You seem to be confused. The TN31 does not include a GPS.

For an ADS-B GPS you will need either the TN70, or the TN72 for experimental or light-sport.
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