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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By Steve Melton
mine

I think this design could have been improved from the outset but it is what it is.

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20200602_110024_zpsuxiucakf.jpg ...
Forum: Autopilots Yesterday, 08:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,813
Posted By Steve Melton
One thing that has always amazed me about my trio...

One thing that has always amazed me about my trio ez pilot. turn the autopilot off in-flight, disable the GPS input to the AP, put the aircraft in a crazy unusual attitude, turn on the trio ez pilot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:20 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-12 Rudder Pedal Extension

offset from bar = 1.3 inch

probably the strongest part I have ever made. material is nylon / carbon fiber. material cost is 4x ABS but it is required for this part with the single bolt...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 06:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By Steve Melton
probably the most bullet proof engine ever made.

probably the most bullet proof engine ever made.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By Steve Melton
if I remember the Van's RV-9 correctly. it was...

if I remember the Van's RV-9 correctly. it was extensively trimmed away from the fuselage.

I found some photo's of Van's RV-9 from several yrs ago. appears used and abused. it had some high...
Forum: RV-9/9A Yesterday, 07:50 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,822
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, but there is really no point in trying to...

yeah, but there is really no point in trying to understand a twisted mind.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 05:59 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
8mm Spark Plug Lead Baffle Seal

first 8mm to be shipped. material is nylon/carbon fiber

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/DSCN3164_zps5lgelruk.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-10 Aileron Gust Lock

a discovery that the RV-10 quick built wing has the RV-14 style aileron bracket rivet attachment instead of bolts. I'll make a note on the website and add the option to check for it to select the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-31-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By Steve Melton
good deal, let's see how many uses one of these...

good deal, let's see how many uses one of these can have. pass them around. the idea of drilling the canopy block with a tool came from Bill Duffy. you could call it " The Bill Duffy Sliding...
Forum: GPS 05-31-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By Steve Melton
I never understood this advertising campaign. ...

I never understood this advertising campaign. Wouldn't it be better to be: "we try to save you a much money as we can".

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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-31-2020, 05:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm glad to see these getting multiple uses.

I'm glad to see these getting multiple uses.
Forum: GPS 05-30-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,716
Posted By Steve Melton
I am beginning to get the approach routine with...

I am beginning to get the approach routine with iFly GPS. I like it. GPS autopilot, VFR of course. Includes built in timers for the procedure turns and time to final. With vertical speed to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
Gears

my machines predominantly use plastic gears to drive the filament thru the extruding nozzle. they wear after a couple years so I print new ones from time to time. these gears are pushing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 04:43 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-12 Rudder Pedal Extensions

Length offset from bar

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/RV-12%20Rudder%20Pedal%20Length%20Comparison_zpso9b6bbzk.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-12 Rudder Pedal Extensions

Catching up with this project, load testing. From the outset I decided these needed to be Nylon/Carbon Fiber because of the single bolt attachment method. I printed an ABS version to check fit and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,822
Posted By Steve Melton
this is goofy. afraid of 360 engine and then way...

this is goofy. afraid of 360 engine and then way over Vne?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 708
Posted By Steve Melton
for me, building an airplane was A LOT of work...

for me, building an airplane was A LOT of work and a steep learning curve (and I didn't build it all) and I tried to think about minimizing operational and maintenance costs and effort. when the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
phone holder - custom dimensions

nothing is better than a custom part.

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/DSCN3151_zps28azgzt3.jpg

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap1_zpsv2ji8fh0.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
I was on autopilot for lateral guidance for...

I was on autopilot for lateral guidance for entire approach and was even able to select my transition from the iFly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
a certified SL-30 drives the CDI. time to move...

a certified SL-30 drives the CDI. time to move on from this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
mine is the round style with the needles.

mine is the round style with the needles.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 05:13 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
ILS is the guidance. A certified CDI is all that...

ILS is the guidance. A certified CDI is all that is required. Approach plates for the 740 are included with my iFLY subscription, so no extra cost for me. The tablet shows the same info. A LOT of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm flying the ILS on a certified CDI. WAAS...

I'm flying the ILS on a certified CDI. WAAS signal is from certified Lynx transponder.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
very pleased with GPS (VFR) ILS approaches. the...

very pleased with GPS (VFR) ILS approaches. the CDI makes me legal and can use the ifly 740 for assist if needed.

BTW: take a look a the iFly GPS REAL PLAN (beta). it will blow you away. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
I'll be shooting some GPS (VFR) approaches with...

I'll be shooting some GPS (VFR) approaches with the 740 tomorrow to see how it goes.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 05-22-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,611
Posted By Steve Melton
maybe he stopped for fuel.

maybe he stopped for fuel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,914
Posted By Steve Melton
I use this one too. Really good.

I use this one too. Really good.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
cleaning up the wing

RV9 flap bracket fairings printing in progress.

Taking a look at the RV-14 flap brackets. The RV14 wing underside is cleaner than the RV9 with no gap from the flap to the wing skin. They did a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
phone holder - for any phone, custom made

With or without a phone case, get a perfect fit since it is custom made. I discovered that some people use a cases they wrap around these phone. That makes it difficult to make properly if I only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iPhone 6 Plus holder

a simple place to put your iPhone. attaches with a couple strips of Velcro on the sides. the length and height of this part required a relief slot for printing as the continuous version had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
thx Dennis, the panel dock for the 740b is...

thx Dennis, the panel dock for the 740b is completed and on the market at www.rvplasticparts.com. it turned out very well. I was the beta tester. however, I do need a beta tester for the new...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 124,815
Posted By Steve Melton
that's calendar worthy. beautiful.

that's calendar worthy. beautiful.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iPhone 6 Plus holder

made the adjustment for keep out zones. so, no inadvertent button pushes. good for either orientation of the phone in the holder. OK for iPhone 6 and later versions. easy in and out....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-18-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,209
Posted By Steve Melton
I lube my exposed aurora rod ends with LPS1 every...

I lube my exposed aurora rod ends with LPS1 every other flight. this will not slow galvanic corrosion.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iFly 740 GPS panel mount

dimensional accuracy. the panel dock design long dimension is 7.680. the printed dimension is 7.682. within .002 inch. not too bad. I can ensure always to be within +/- .010 inch accuracy. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
GPS bracket

about a year ago I printed a bracket for my wing tip GPS antenna. I inspected it this condition inspection and it looks good. If I remember correctly, I reduced the weight of this bracket to 57...
Forum: COMM 05-17-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,966
Posted By Steve Melton
a finding

I have a Archer antenna in my right wing tip and a marker beacon antenna (a length of stripped coax). I installed my GPS antenna in the right wing tip also and used the coax from my marker beacon...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-17-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,209
Posted By Steve Melton
I helped with a commercial flight test aircraft...

I helped with a commercial flight test aircraft 10 yrs ago. A supplier had substituted aurora tie rod ends for heim because of availability. the aurora tie rod ends failed after a year. there was...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-17-2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,209
Posted By Steve Melton
makes me think the tie rod material is not very...

makes me think the tie rod material is not very good. very good find. was this aircraft ever stationed by the sea?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 06:52 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iphone holder

there seems to be plenty of good existing mounts for iPhones so I wondered about a simple holder similar to the 3x5 card holder I have. I still need to work the iPhone keep out zones but it's a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
finishing my condition inspection today - wheels

bearings packed, left hand side brakes were 66% and I left them on, right hand side brakes were 33% so those got replaced. I took a photo of the spark plug baffle seal version 2 that was installed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iphone mount

what about a low profile iphone mount that could be attached with dual lock velcro similar to my D2 or screws. the base could be set to vertical and lateral angles for good viewing as an option. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

with side hand rests. I still need to work the swing arm mechanics to confirm proper clearance but overall I think this is doable. overall min dimension to be approx 5.900 x 7.780 inch. this is a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,310
Posted By Steve Melton
condition inspection for me today. all day...

condition inspection for me today. all day effort and 4 more hrs tomorrow for the wheels. no findings except I replaced a couple zip ties. I did change the oil and did a 5 minute run as a leak...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-15-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 711
Posted By Steve Melton
mine booted to the nmea controller perfectly for...

mine booted to the nmea controller perfectly for trio autopilot input and booted to my wireless Lynx transponder. good to go. but I discovered that I needed to use a USB 2.0 connector not 3.0. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2020, 05:04 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,310
Posted By Steve Melton
if the engine is kept dry by a dehydrator, would...

if the engine is kept dry by a dehydrator, would it be possible to increase the interval between the normal 50 hr oil change if the oil is clean?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 04:05 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
China

I receive these inquiries from China at least once a week. They just want me to send them a solid model and they will injection mold it for cheap. No thanks! The design is relatively quick and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-14-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,310
Posted By Steve Melton
below 60% RH seems to be a safer region. the...

below 60% RH seems to be a safer region. the nice thing about purging with dry air is that it goes to every nook and cranny inside the engine.

extract from a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

Since this one is very similar to the iFly 740. I think I can do it. I'll need a beta tester to verify fit because I only have dimensions from their web site. the cable lead out could be tricky. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-14-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,310
Posted By Steve Melton
it seems the preheat cycles increased the...

it seems the preheat cycles increased the relative humidity. nice recording.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-14-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,165
Posted By Steve Melton
that's a heck of a trip. beautiful photos. I...

that's a heck of a trip. beautiful photos. I like the stripes on the rudder!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
workspace for panel dock

Since the panel dock outer dimensions are custom made, the retrofit was simple and I didn't need to do any panel work. that saved A LOT of time. making a couple wiring connections...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iFly 740 GPS panel mount

I took some extra care with the bevel surface to smooth it. it looks good now. when comparing the removed injection molded panel dock to the new printed one is that the top edge is flatter on the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-12-2020, 05:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm located at HAO.

I'm located at HAO.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iFly 740 GPS panel mount

I am pleased with this. 3/8 inch offset from panel. the hand rest is essential....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iFly 740 GPS panel mount

hand rests have been incorporated on the sides of the panel mount for stabilization. that is essential for touch screens. it has slight stitching ridges on the inside of the bevel but I think I can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 22,516
Posted By Steve Melton
if you are speaking of my video, sometimes one...

if you are speaking of my video, sometimes one installs a camera to do a test and have a look.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iFly 740 GPS panel mount

integrated finger rests on the sides, .250 inch tall. I install the mount .150 inch proud all around, so .150 + .250 = .400 inch tall finger rests. that should be enough. it doesn't look too...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 22,516
Posted By Steve Melton
anti-splat nose wheel bearing mod allows the...

anti-splat nose wheel bearing mod allows the wheel to rotate slowly in flight.

see video

https://youtu.be/QpS3JzUIgTE

this the same nose wheel at 850 hrs. I like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
if you have ever operated touch screens in...

if you have ever operated touch screens in turbulence then you know it's essential to have a stabilizing finger surface.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-09-2020, 03:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By Steve Melton
I was 17 yrs and a newly minted pilot in a small...

I was 17 yrs and a newly minted pilot in a small town in Kansas. my buy-and-sell uncle bought a 1951 tri-pacer unseen from a farmer in Northern Kansas. my job was to fly it half way to Houston...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2020, 01:38 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 334,354
Posted By Steve Melton
iFly 740 GPS panel mount

the 740 powered up and synced with my open source Lynx transponder for ADSB input. the screen is very bright. I am happy with that. so, I have this small cutout recess on the side from my previous...
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