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Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 07:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By Mel
Sounds to me like you've found the near perfect...

Sounds to me like you've found the near perfect airplane for yourself. I would not hesitate to consider purchasing this aircraft, Of course upon passing a comprehensive pre-buy inspection.
As said...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-12-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,537
Posted By Mel
I love my "tail-mate" but I don't rely on it for...

I love my "tail-mate" but I don't rely on it for strength when crawling back into the tailcone. I lift the tail with the tail-mate and then place a sawhorse under the forward end of the tail spring.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,678
Posted By Mel
Over 50 years flying. One mag failure. ...

Over 50 years flying. One mag failure. Hindsight showed several months of warning.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-10-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,490
Posted By Mel
Sometimes the crankshaft won't crank, the spark...

Sometimes the crankshaft won't crank, the spark plugs won't spark, and the pistons, well, they don't work too good either.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-10-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,324
Posted By Mel
Yes, these are the tanks that SafeAir1 was...

Yes, these are the tanks that SafeAir1 was handling.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-09-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,324
Posted By Mel
Procedure for fuel transfer with HW Aviation ER tanks

My procedure is as follows. I start out on the left main. After 5 gallons as shown on fuel totalizer, I switch to right tank. After 5 gallons, I switch back to left tank and turn on transfer pumps. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-08-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,324
Posted By Mel
They are great. Aerobatics are fine with the...

They are great. Aerobatics are fine with the tanks empty. Since a complete test program has not been accomplished, Hotel/Whiskey does NOT recommend spins.
There is at least one person who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,287
Posted By Mel
If you want to build an airplane, build an...

If you want to build an airplane, build an airplane.
If you want an airplane, buy an airplane.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-04-2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,112
Posted By Mel
I would be very interested in knowing who...

I would be very interested in knowing who certificated this aircraft. Was it a DAR or ASI? I can't imagine a DAR missing these open holes.

Never mind. Closer investigation reveals that this...
Forum: Safety 01-04-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,206
Posted By Mel
Interesting foot-note about the lottery; your...

Interesting foot-note about the lottery; your odds don't improve a lot just because you buy a ticket!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,244
Posted By Mel
What Paul said! AND if you do decide to "part...

What Paul said!

AND if you do decide to "part it out", make sure the parts are to be used on other aircraft and not to "rebuild that aircraft".
The purchaser must understand that if that...
Forum: RV-12 01-04-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,235
Posted By Mel
All Experimental and Light-Sport aircraft are...

All Experimental and Light-Sport aircraft are issued a "SPECIAL" airworthiness certificate.

As has already been pointed out the 8130-7, SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE, in block A states:...
Forum: RV-12 01-04-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,235
Posted By Mel
What he said!

What he said!
Forum: RV-12 01-04-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,235
Posted By Mel
You may NOT take an ELSA out of the definition of...

You may NOT take an ELSA out of the definition of a light-sport aircraft and maintain the airworthiness certificate as valid! Once the aircraft has been removed from the light-sport parameters, the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-03-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,778
Posted By Mel
I think the term comes from people comparing...

I think the term comes from people comparing "straight mineral oil" to "AD oils". Over time the "straight" was simply omitted.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-01-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,416
Posted By Mel
Be very careful doing this. Make sure that the...

Be very careful doing this. Make sure that the bulb cannot touch anything flammable like upholstery or carpet.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-31-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By Mel
Just my preference. Vibrations in the lower rpm...

Just my preference. Vibrations in the lower rpm ranges. The engine just is not quite as smooth as before. I'm pretty picky about things like this. As an avionics technician, I know what...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-31-2017, 12:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By Mel
If I WERE going to do it, I would go ahead and go...

If I WERE going to do it, I would go ahead and go to 9:1. I went to 9.5:1 and if I had it to do over, I would go to 9:1.

As far as cylinder preference goes, I prefer the Lycoming nitrided ones. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-31-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By Mel
My point is: I was due for an overhaul anyway. ...

My point is: I was due for an overhaul anyway. My engine was at 2800 hrs. I would never had done anything on a 540 hr. OH burning a quart of oil every 30 hrs!
Of course it's your engine and your...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-30-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By Mel
1 quart per 30 hrs. is very low consumption. ...

1 quart per 30 hrs. is very low consumption. Chances are VERY good that oil consumption would be worse after an overhaul.

150-160 hp? Look at a ruler that is divided into 1/16".
Look at the 1"...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-30-2017, 02:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,466
Posted By Mel
Nope, not yet!

Nope, not yet!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,224
Posted By Mel
Actually it's NOT the DARs decision. The DAR...

Actually it's NOT the DARs decision. The DAR does not certify the aircraft for night or IFR operations. Your operating limitations will state that you are OK for night flight if you meet the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-28-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,230
Posted By Mel
A little research will show that a taser IS (for...

A little research will show that a taser IS (for all practical purposes) AC. Typically they alternate at about 19 pulses per second.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-28-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,230
Posted By Mel
The main reason for using 2 separate solenoids on...

The main reason for using 2 separate solenoids on aircraft is to avoid having an "always hot" wire running to the starter. In automobiles the starter terminal is not readily accessible while working...
Forum: RV-14 12-27-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,248
Posted By Mel
Pop-Rivet Dimpler!

Pop-Rivet Dimpler!
Forum: COMM 12-27-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By Mel
Wired properly the intercom will work fine with...

Wired properly the intercom will work fine with both radios. I've done it on a lot of airplanes.
Forum: COMM 12-27-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By Mel
Had lots of airplanes with 2 coms. Only had one...

Had lots of airplanes with 2 coms. Only had one with an audio panel.
Just need a switch to switch PTT and mic audio.
Forum: RV-12 12-27-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 572
Posted By Mel
Perhaps you meant SLSA. For ELSA, you don't have...

Perhaps you meant SLSA. For ELSA, you don't have to follow MFG approval.
Forum: COMM 12-27-2017, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By Mel
Thie is, of course, a personal preference. When...

Thie is, of course, a personal preference. When I had one VHF com, I got along fine with it.
Soon after I added a second, I wondered why I hadn't done it much sooner.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-27-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,230
Posted By Mel
I strongly recommend that you do NOT conduct this...

I strongly recommend that you do NOT conduct this experiment. The master solenoid was not meant to be switched "HOT". Being switched off with that much current flowing will produce a pretty good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By Mel
Heed Larry's words.

It is strongly recommended that you get an inspection by an EAA technical counselor, or other knowledgable builder very early in construction. This way, if you are starting down a "wrong road",...
Forum: RV-12 12-23-2017, 07:09 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,235
Posted By Mel
My point was that with an ELSA Cub replica, you...

My point was that with an ELSA Cub replica, you won't need an A&P to do maintenance and inspections.
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,497
Posted By Mel
3" IS allowed on rudder! It is not allowed under...

3" IS allowed on rudder! It is not allowed under the horizontal stabilizer if it's on the fuselage.
Forum: RV-12 12-22-2017, 09:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,235
Posted By Mel
But if you have an ELSA Cub...

But if you have an ELSA Cub replica..............

Yeah, yeah, That's the ticket!
Forum: RV-12 12-20-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,235
Posted By Mel
Just be aware that an in-flight adjustable prop...

Just be aware that an in-flight adjustable prop is not allowed for light-sport aircraft. If you are amateur-built, it will be OK, but you must have a recreational pilot certificate or above to fly...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-20-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By Mel
Ian types faster than I do. I was about to...

Ian types faster than I do. I was about to suggest that you not use an air drill with a hole saw. Hole saws need slower turning and air drills have no power at slow speeds.
Also PLEASE use clamps...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-20-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,291
Posted By Mel
No! Ground adjustable and fixed pitch are...

No! Ground adjustable and fixed pitch are regarded as the same in this instance.
Only when changing to or from an in-flight controllable propeller do you need to submit a new 8130-6.
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-20-2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,291
Posted By Mel
Exactly....

As Dan says, op lims have changed over time. Regardless of when yours were issued, they are the controlling document. If you prefer a later version, then you must have yours amended. Until that...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-19-2017, 05:24 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,291
Posted By Mel
Yep! Just follow you operating limitations. You...

Yep! Just follow you operating limitations. You must place the aircraft back into phase I for testing if the replacement is not the same make and model as the one removed.
And submit a new 8130-6...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-19-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,291
Posted By Mel
If an FAA type is about to cite you for anything,...

If an FAA type is about to cite you for anything, simply ask him to show you the regulation he is citing you for. He is required to do that.

There is no regulation anywhere that prohibits anyone...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-19-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,291
Posted By Mel
Repairman certificate has nothing to do with...

Repairman certificate has nothing to do with maintenance.
Only required for the condition inspection.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-19-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 901
Posted By Mel
I don't think I would use proseal here. Proseal...

I don't think I would use proseal here. Proseal is pretty tough and may not turn loose.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-19-2017, 08:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 901
Posted By Mel
It's 2" wide. Yes, it IS expensive. And Yes,...

It's 2" wide. Yes, it IS expensive. And Yes, one roll will last you several lifetimes!
I need to change it about every 2-3 years.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-19-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 901
Posted By Mel
I cover the "slots" with white 3-M tape. This is...

I cover the "slots" with white 3-M tape. This is the same tape that glider owners use to cover wing root joints. Just happens to match JetGlo "Matterhorn White" beautifully.
Forum: RV-10 12-18-2017, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By Mel
Flying since 1993. Inspect rudder cables/snap...

Flying since 1993. Inspect rudder cables/snap bushings annually. No notable wear so far.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,280
Posted By Mel
I agree.....

To me, Van's diagram is much simpler.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,429
Posted By Mel
Regardless of the facts, it's not a good idea to...

Regardless of the facts, it's not a good idea to "promote" illegal activities on this forum. I know you guys don't think you are promoting these activities, but by just making these statements, some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By Mel
2024 IS stronger but it is not very corrosion...

2024 IS stronger but it is not very corrosion resistant. 6061 is VERY corrosion resistant.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-14-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,593
Posted By Mel
Not quite true......

Nylock nuts may be reused as long as the nut cannot be "turned by hand". ref. AC 43-13. Many people have their own rule of thumb. Some use them only once. Some use them only 3 times. etc.
Forum: RV-12 12-13-2017, 09:08 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 19,022
Posted By Mel
Not an RV but just a reference point. I built a...

Not an RV but just a reference point. I built a Zenair CH601HDS in 1995 with a Rotax 912UL (80hp). That engine now has almost 2000 hrs with nothing but routine maintenance and still runs like new.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-13-2017, 08:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,593
Posted By Mel
Yep! that one needs a cotter pin.

Yep! that one needs a cotter pin.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-13-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,593
Posted By Mel
My self! What bothers me is that lately I've...

My self! What bothers me is that lately I've been finding loose nuts with torque seal on NEW aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2017, 01:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By Mel
Only fuel tank capacity and minimum octane rating...

Only fuel tank capacity and minimum octane rating is required.
Lead content has no bearing on this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,725
Posted By Mel
Very true statement!

Very true statement!
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-10-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By Mel
It could also indicate a weak impulse mag. ...

It could also indicate a weak impulse mag. Normally the non-impulse mag is disabled in the start position. When you release the switch the non-impulse mag is on.

This is a pretty common indication...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 25,082
Posted By Mel
That's not a "ribbon". That's the centerline! ...

That's not a "ribbon". That's the centerline! That's what I tell people that complain that I don't have a centerline. I tell them that I have a 20' wide black centerline. Just land on it!
Forum: RV-14 12-09-2017, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 976
Posted By Mel
In your photo it looks like the red wire goes to...

In your photo it looks like the red wire goes to the multimeter!
Forum: RV-12 12-05-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,579
Posted By Mel
There seems to be a misconception here that an...

There seems to be a misconception here that an ELSA cannot be modified until phase I testing is completed. That is not the case, An ELSA can be modified immediately after certification. I know...
Forum: Propellers 12-04-2017, 02:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,839
Posted By Mel
Unless you are really sure you know what you are...

Unless you are really sure you know what you are doing, I think this is a repair to be made by a prop manufacturer.

Remember that prop is going very fast and is VERY critical. A prop repair failure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,063
Posted By Mel
For the same reason they allow a 5 hr minimum...

For the same reason they allow a 5 hr minimum phase I for experimental light-sport. They know that, at least, you started out with a known entity.
Forum: Propellers 12-02-2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By Mel
Not Quite all...........

Fixed pitch cowlings supplied before the mid '90s all used a 4" extension.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-01-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 471
Posted By Mel
Another method of safety wiring something that...

Another method of safety wiring something that doesn't have a "hole" is to put a worm-gear clamp around the object and safety wire around the screw head.
This is how I safety wire Rotax oil filters.
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