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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,206
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: 1,941
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: 1,941
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: 795
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: 3,213
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: 3,213
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: 3,213
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: 6,905
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: 542
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: 6,905
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: 6,905
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: 6,905
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: 6,905
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-04-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 728
Posted By Mel
Are you there?

Responded to your PM.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-03-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 905
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: 2,113
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: 2,113
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-02-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By Mel
I need the data wire. Otherwise I could just cut...

I need the data wire. Otherwise I could just cut off the cig lighter plug.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-02-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By Mel
Need Aera 660 bare wire cable

Anyone have an Aviation Bare Wire Cradle for 660 they're not using?
I can't believe Garmin didn't include this.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-02-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 728
Posted By Mel
AirGizmo Panel Dock (aera 500-560)

Just upgraded my Aera 560 to 660. Selling AirGizmo Panel Dock for Aera 500 series. Like New. $57 includes shipping to lower 48.
Forum: Safety 04-30-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,667
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: 4,384
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: 4,384
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...
Forum: Safety 04-26-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,667
Posted By Mel
As long as your flying fits within the Basic Med...

As long as your flying fits within the Basic Med limitations, there is absolutely no advantage to continue with a third class medical.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By Mel
The thing that concerns me about vinyl is what...

The thing that concerns me about vinyl is what happens to it when you tighten down a screw on it? Does it wrinkle?
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,783
Posted By Mel
About the only way to determine this is to go...

About the only way to determine this is to go through the plans with the builder and have him/her show that it is built to the plans with no modifications.
Forum: RV-12 04-22-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,783
Posted By Mel
LSA compliant means nothing as far as the...

LSA compliant means nothing as far as the repairman certificate goes.
LSA compliant only means that it can be flown by a sport pilot.
If it is an LSA compliant amateur-built and you finish the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,818
Posted By Mel
I have no problem with the guys that do it...

I have no problem with the guys that do it professionally, but with a dremel and a few files, like someone said before, It's not magic.
And as far as being OCD, that just takes a little patience.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,818
Posted By Mel
Come on......you guys are building an airplane. ...

Come on......you guys are building an airplane. Are telling me that you can't cut an instrument panel?
Forum: Safety 04-19-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,201
Posted By Mel
The location leads me to think that it might be a...

The location leads me to think that it might be a puncture caused by the elevator trim tab tip. This can happen very easily on an -A model without a gust lock.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By Mel
If you are like many of us, your panel will be...

If you are like many of us, your panel will be modified over the years because of adding and/or changing avionics or instruments. Painting is much easier to "touch up" than powder coat.

$.02 to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,359
Posted By Mel
This is very common for individual-to-individual...

This is very common for individual-to-individual aircraft sales in Texas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,934
Posted By Mel
Experimental Amateur-Built is issued under...

Experimental Amateur-Built is issued under 21.191(g).
21.191(i) is Light-Sport.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,167
Posted By Mel
Tension springs are fine up to a point. ...

Tension springs are fine up to a point. Compression springs have a limiting factor in that they stop when completely compressed. Tension springs don't have that feature, so they can continue to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,934
Posted By Mel
Good Luck with your venture!

I've been an FAA Designee since the last century and our instructors in Oklahoma City give FAA's interpretation of the rule as renting of an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft is not allowed.
It is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,167
Posted By Mel
I agree with Mike. Compression springs minimal...

I agree with Mike. Compression springs minimal slack.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,934
Posted By Mel
That would be "Crew Training/Market...

That would be "Crew Training/Market Survey"
Forum: RV-10 04-16-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,352
Posted By Mel
Have you confirmed that your insurance company...

Have you confirmed that your insurance company will cover avionics in an aircraft that does not have any means of locking the doors?
Forum: RV-10 04-15-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Mel
I've flown my -6 with and without tiedown rings...

I've flown my -6 with and without tiedown rings installed. I can see absolutely no difference in speeds. I normally remove them simply because it looks better/cleaner.
Forum: Southeast 04-13-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,210
Posted By Mel
In Texas property taxes may not increase more...

In Texas property taxes may not increase more than 10% per 3 years.

After age of 65, school taxes are capped. School taxes are the major part of all property taxes and most counties cap all...
Forum: Southeast 04-12-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,210
Posted By Mel
Actually property taxes in Texas are controlled...

Actually property taxes in Texas are controlled by the county, not the state.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,008
Posted By Mel
In my case....Built!

In my case....Built!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,008
Posted By Mel
I've built 2. First one was from Tyler Building...

I've built 2. First one was from Tyler Building Systems in Tyler Texas (1990).
2nd was from Red Dot Building Systems in Athens Texas (2003).
Both were very good products and everything fit as it...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-10-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,701
Posted By Mel
The one I saw was definitely a Toyota. It was...

The one I saw was definitely a Toyota. It was during a tour of Scaled Composites when I was going through Test Pilot School at Mojave in 1998.

We had to sign a non-discloser statement.
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-10-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,701
Posted By Mel
Are you sure that wasn't Toyota? Toyota, at one...

Are you sure that wasn't Toyota? Toyota, at one time, was considering building a reciprocating aircraft engine. Scaled Composites built a test aircraft. Then Toyota backed out, probably due to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-07-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Mel
Compression is determined by the piston, not the...

Compression is determined by the piston, not the cylinder. 150 hp and 160 hp use the same cylinders.
Pistons are either 7:1 cr (150) or 8.5:1 cr (160).
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,364
Posted By Mel
Yes Vlad, all your tires are in the right...

Yes Vlad, all your tires are in the right place........Welllllllll, 2/3 of them anyway.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,280
Posted By Mel
Hint........

If you use an oil filter that has no safety wire "tab", (such as used on the Rotax) you can still safety wire it by using a large hose clamp around the filter housing and wire to the adjusting bolt.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 801
Posted By Mel
It all depends on whether or not the third train...

It all depends on whether or not the third train is primed.
Forum: RV-10 04-01-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,330
Posted By Mel
The point Rocketman is making is that the nose...

The point Rocketman is making is that the nose wheel may not be staying straight in flight, thereby inducing a turn.
It is NOT connected to the flight controls.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By Mel
Not seeing the problem. There are...

Not seeing the problem. There are installation/set-up/user manuals on the GRT website for the Mini-X, the Mini-B, and the Mini-GA all listed under support.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
Not likely to change. There are lots of...

Not likely to change. There are lots of airplanes been flying around for years with 2" numbers.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
YEP! BTW; a lot of FAA types aren't familiar...

YEP! BTW; a lot of FAA types aren't familiar with some rules. I always recommend that a copy of part 45.22(b) be kept in the aircraft to show if questioned.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
Sorry about that! Like many of us, I saw what I...

Sorry about that! Like many of us, I saw what I expected to see instead of what was actually there.

p.s. I haven't worn glasses for over 5 years. CrystaLens implants November of 2012. They are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
Looks like the Airworthiness Certificate (Market...

Looks like the Airworthiness Certificate (Market Survey) was issued 11/29/87, so I think one could reasonably assume that it flew before the end of March, 1988. Therefore it should be eligible for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
I don't know the exact date, but I seem to...

I don't know the exact date, but I seem to remember that the -6A came out while I was building my -6 sometime in the late '80s.
I remember because when I ordered my fuselage kit it came earlier than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
That would be 2034 I believe.

That would be 2034 I believe.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
Yes, the RV-3, -4, and -6 are all eligible.

Yes, the RV-3, -4, and -6 are all eligible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
I believe (unconfirmed) that the first RV-8 flew...

I believe (unconfirmed) that the first RV-8 flew in 1995. Possibly 1996.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
Be aware that the "replica" part only applies to...

Be aware that the "replica" part only applies to Experimental Amateur-Built and Exhibition aircraft. It does NOT apply to Experimental Light-Sport aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
For the "X", and 2" limitation, ref part...

For the "X", and 2" limitation, ref part 45.22(b).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,384
Posted By Mel
No, the rules have not changed for decades. What...

No, the rules have not changed for decades. What is being referred to is that a small U.S. registered aircraft, an experimental exhibition, or experimental amateur-built replica of an aircraft built...
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