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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-17-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By Mel
Common.

Have you been doing any light acro? If your clearance is small, it doesn't take much positive "Gs" to cause this. 2 solutions. A shorter alternator belt or a "blister" molded onto the cowling.
Forum: ADS-B 02-17-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,250
Posted By Mel
Electrical system for purposes of...

Electrical system for purposes of transponder/ADS-B requirements is defined as a battery and engine driven generator. So you can omit the engine driven generator and use a constant loss system or...
Forum: Safety 02-16-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,624
Posted By Mel
Their refusal was primarily because the aircraft...

Their refusal was primarily because the aircraft did not have a valid airworthiness certificate. When the original mod was done, it made the airworthiness certificate invalid. Back then, a mod...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-13-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 762
Posted By Mel
You can have plenty of money, or You can have an...

You can have plenty of money, or You can have an airplane.

Pick one!
Forum: RV-14 02-12-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,727
Posted By Mel
This thread reminds me of an Old Saying: "If you...

This thread reminds me of an Old Saying:

"If you want to build an airplane, build an airplane. If you want an airplane buy an airplane."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 269
Posted By Mel
RV-6, -7, and -9 are same width. Seat pan is...

RV-6, -7, and -9 are same width. Seat pan is lower on -7 and -9 giving an increase in head-room. Fuselage is longer on the -7 and -9 giving more leg-room. You are correct in all your assumptions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,966
Posted By Mel
Typically the length of time for Phase I testing...

Typically the length of time for Phase I testing after a modification is left up to the person doing the mod with a minimum of 5 hours. This should be listed in the operating limitations for your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,966
Posted By Mel
See echozulu's response above.

See echozulu's response above.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,246
Posted By Mel
DARs are not allowed to process the application...

DARs are not allowed to process the application for repairman certificate.

We CAN help fill out the application, write a letter of recommendation, and assist in getting the proper forms to the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-04-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By Mel
Personally I go for the fuselage next. It takes...

Personally I go for the fuselage next. It takes longer to build and is easier to move around after completion. Wing construction goes very fast.
Forum: Steam Gauges 02-03-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By Mel
These appear to be UMA Gauges with Opti-Alert...

These appear to be UMA Gauges with Opti-Alert Warning.
http://www.umainstruments.com/optialert.htm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,322
Posted By Mel
"RV-11 is the Van's Aircraft designation for a...

"RV-11 is the Van's Aircraft designation for a proposed single-seat touring motor glider design similar in layout to the AMS Carat. The prototype RV-11 uses the wings of an HP-18 sailplane mated to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,322
Posted By Mel
The RV-11 was a "non-production"...

The RV-11 was a "non-production" motorglider.
Forum: GPS 01-31-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 503
Posted By Mel
Probably good that it pulled off if it came off...

Probably good that it pulled off if it came off that easily. Yes RG174 does require smaller crimping tool dies.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By Mel
The specs I'm seeing for the MS24694-S11 show...

The specs I'm seeing for the MS24694-S11 show overall length of 0.9", a thread length of 0.4", leaving a grip length of around 0.5".
If your screws have full thread from tip to head, they should...
Forum: GPS 01-31-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 503
Posted By Mel
Simpler and cleaner solution would be to cut off...

Simpler and cleaner solution would be to cut off the connector, run the cable through small hole and install a new connector. This is what I've always done.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By Mel
Grip length refers to the thickness of the...

Grip length refers to the thickness of the material to be clamped. A grip length of 15/32" would require the material to be clamped to be 1/2" thick.
MS24694-S11 are almost 1" long.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 773
Posted By Mel
Of course the decision in totally your's and you...

Of course the decision in totally your's and you may have other reasons for going to CS. But just as a reference point, my -6 has been operating comfortably out of my 1500' strip here in Texas with a...
Forum: Tools 01-25-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,929
Posted By Mel
Interesting side note: One time a long time ago...

Interesting side note: One time a long time ago an acquaintance asked to borrow my impact wrench. I was not home and my Wife loaned him the tool. He brought it back with a broken housing. He...
Forum: Tools 01-24-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,929
Posted By Mel
I loan SOME tools to a selected few. But I...

I loan SOME tools to a selected few. But I always write down to whom and when.

Precision tools may be used at my shop, but not taken away. I set a rule a long time ago that if I had to borrow the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,928
Posted By Mel
One of my favorite responses to these people is,...

One of my favorite responses to these people is, "The Titanic was built by professionals. The Arc was a home-built!"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,928
Posted By Mel
Your answer her should have been, "Luck isn't a...

Your answer her should have been, "Luck isn't a factor in the building or flying process!"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 09:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By Mel
The mfg. date for amateur-built aircraft is the...

The mfg. date for amateur-built aircraft is the date of certification. That should have been on the 8130-6, application for airworthiness.
A call to registration should straighten things out.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-17-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,123
Posted By Mel
Pulled Lycoming O-320-E3D from Beechcraft Sport...

Pulled Lycoming O-320-E3D from Beechcraft Sport that had been damaged in a windstorm. Air Salvage of Dallas test run the engine. I installed it on my RV-6 at 2500 hr. total time. Had to change the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 792
Posted By Mel
I think the delays you are hearing about are...

I think the delays you are hearing about are Special number requests and N number changes. There is quite a wait for some of these. I believe original applications go through pretty quick.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By Mel
Requesting a special N number should not cause...

Requesting a special N number should not cause any delay. Keep in mind that even though the EAA package is nice, they haven't kept up with the latest changes. The last package I saw was still using...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-13-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,729
Posted By Mel
There is nothing wrong with flying with the flaps...

There is nothing wrong with flying with the flaps "reflexed" a couple of degrees.
Just do enough flight testing to see how it affects stall speed in all configurations. Shouldn't be enough to be...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-12-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By Mel
Not Normal....

Before you repair it again, try and find what's causing the cracks. Possibly the transition from cowling to carb inlet is too short allowing the engine vibration to exert pressure on the cowling.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By Mel
I travel. Of course it would be considerable...

I travel. Of course it would be considerable travel expense to travel to Delaware.

I have to get approval. Approval is usually no more than 1 or 2 days lead time. Unfortunately no approval until...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-09-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,929
Posted By Mel
If you are going EAB, you could simply delete the...

If you are going EAB, you could simply delete the prop when ordering and wait to see what wrings out. If you are going ELSA, you will need to comply with whatever Vans offers.
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2019, 10:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,690
Posted By Mel
Just to add to what Ironflight says, If the...

Just to add to what Ironflight says, If the failure is such that the prop isn't windmilling, you probably shouldn't use the starter anyway.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mel
I agree totally about the naming of the...

I agree totally about the naming of the certificate. This has been brought up many times, but it IS the gubermint. What'cha gonna do?

As far as needing the certificate to fix squawks to get the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-07-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mel
The biggest difference between ELSA and EAB, with...

The biggest difference between ELSA and EAB, with respect to the repairman certificate is that the ELSA was originally but to a "standard". EAB aircraft are not!

It would be very difficult to cover...
Forum: Canada 01-07-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Mel
Don't know Canadian rules but.........

In the U.S. there is no requirement for a kit to be on the "Approved Kit List". If it is not, then there is a checklist to prove "Major Portion".
This is nothing new. It's been this way for many...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By Mel
3M tape. This is the tape that glider pilots use...

3M tape. This is the tape that glider pilots use to cover wing root connections.
My -6 is painted Matterhorn White (Very common color), and it matched perfectly.
The tape is expensive but a roll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By Mel
One of my pet peeves is people who say lose...

One of my pet peeves is people who say lose weight instead of building light.

Why not do both? I promise building light is the easier of the 2!
Forum: Texas (North) 01-04-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By Mel
Coffee & Donuts at TKI. 9am. First Saturday...

Coffee & Donuts at TKI. 9am. First Saturday every month.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,097
Posted By Mel
One was a reserved number, other's were active.

One was a reserved number, other's were active.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,097
Posted By Mel
Yes, the number may be reassigned to you by...

Yes, the number may be reassigned to you by having the previous owner release it to you. I've done this a few times in the past and about to do it again.
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-02-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 935
Posted By Mel
I would consider installing a belcrank either...

I would consider installing a belcrank either under the cowling or under the instrument panel to reverse direction of the cable operation.

I wouldn't be comfortable with such a long cable dong a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,323
Posted By Mel
Be careful underinsuring your aircraft....

Be careful underinsuring your aircraft. Conceivably, you could have a minor claim, the insurance company could "total" the aircraft and buy it for the insured value. I've seen this happen with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,908
Posted By Mel
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the RV-12 E-LSA kit is available with a turbo. That would have to be built as an EAB.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,443
Posted By Mel
Both my MIDO and FSDO give me pretty much free...

Both my MIDO and FSDO give me pretty much free range on assignment of Phase I test area as long as I keep it reasonable. I base the size of the test area on the cruise speed of the aircraft. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,443
Posted By Mel
See above.

See above.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-30-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 96,465
Posted By Mel
One of the biggest reasons for Van's reputation...

One of the biggest reasons for Van's reputation is that he designs a relatively simple, easy to build, great performing airplane.
A round fuselage like the Falco and a tapered wing would increase...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-30-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,055
Posted By Mel
Actually the red plane WAS the test aircraft. ...

Actually the red plane WAS the test aircraft. They imbedded thermistors into the structure while building with the intent of testing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Posted By Mel
They're pretty good at taking care of things like...

They're pretty good at taking care of things like this promptly. I'm sure you will get it straightened out Monday. BTW, you don't have to wait for the hard copy to get the Airworthiness done. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,249
Posted By Mel
Most companies that give a Veteran Discount will...

Most companies that give a Veteran Discount will accept a driver's license or handgun license that has the "Veteran" confirmation on it. Others want to see a copy of your DD-214.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-25-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,455
Posted By Mel
Like DaleB says; you cannot convert ELSA to EAB. ...

Like DaleB says; you cannot convert ELSA to EAB. After certification, one may perform any modifications to an ELSA that doesn't take the aircraft out of LSA parameters.
Forum: Propellers 12-24-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,756
Posted By Mel
My vote, if you can wait it out, is 100% for the...

My vote, if you can wait it out, is 100% for the Catto. I've flown behind a lot of different F/P props in my 51 years of flying and I've never found anything else close to the performance,...
Forum: Propellers 12-24-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,756
Posted By Mel
I have to agree. A prop is not a place to take...

I have to agree. A prop is not a place to take shortcuts. It is a critical piece of your airplane. PLEASE do not fly behind a wood prop that has obvious delamination. Think about how fast that...
Forum: Propellers 12-22-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,756
Posted By Mel
The Sensenich F/P metal prop uses a totally...

The Sensenich F/P metal prop uses a totally different extension than a wood prop. Early RV-6 used a 4" extension for F/P and a 2 1/4" extension for C/S.
Later airplanes all used the 2 1/4" extension...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 999
Posted By Mel
People, People, People.........

PLEASE READ YOUR OPERATING LIMITATIONS. This question comes up far too often. The following limitation is contained in ALL Operating Limitations issued to Experimental Aircraft, and has been for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By Mel
Congratulations on find the problem. However your...

Congratulations on find the problem. However your reasoning doesn't quite make sense. Flight loads will push the flaps toward the "up" position, and should have the same effect as retracting the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 999
Posted By Mel
It's all listed in your operating limitations.

It's all listed in your operating limitations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mel
I can no longer measure the step height as my -6...

I can no longer measure the step height as my -6 now lives in Louisiana. Don't know if the -7 sits taller or not.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,721
Posted By Mel
Not sure I understand the reasoning here. I've...

Not sure I understand the reasoning here. I've hand propped quite a few fuel injected aircraft in my time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mel
These steps are my own original design and built...

These steps are my own original design and built from scratch. The material came from left over material from a Super Cub replica kit and was supplied by Jay Pratt.
I didn't want to modify original...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mel
I think you will be surprised at how much the...

I think you will be surprised at how much the "reach" is shortened from having to step all the way to the wingwalk. My Wife is approaching 80 and is 5'2" and has no problem with these steps. She...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mel
I did replace the cutaway portion of the rib with...

I did replace the cutaway portion of the rib with a doubler. You cannot install my step without doing that because the support plate is on the inside. Look carefully at all photos.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mel
I'm getting quite a bit of response about having...

I'm getting quite a bit of response about having the baggage floor riveted in.
Drilling out the baggage floor rivets is a very simple operation.
If you're not up to that, you may not be up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,046
Posted By Mel
I don't do pictures on the forum but send me your...

I don't do pictures on the forum but send me your email and I'll forward them.
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