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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,736
Posted By Mel
Scott has everything down pat. Good...

Scott has everything down pat. Good description.

I've been dealing with this probably longer than your FAA Guy has been with the FAA and I assure you that the repairman certificate is NOT required...
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 799
Posted By Mel
It's tuff. That's why it makes good bearing...

It's tuff. That's why it makes good bearing material.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 636
Posted By Mel
Typically when you have made a change followed...

Typically when you have made a change followed shortly with a problem, the first thing to trouble shoot is to reverse the change and see if problem clears up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By Mel
As said before, 10/4 clocking is primarily for...

As said before, 10/4 clocking is primarily for hand propping. I've changed F/P clocking to different positions on my RV and saw no change.

Worked on a Cherokee with O-360 where minimum vibrations...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,791
Posted By Mel
I originally had my switches set up so that the...

I originally had my switches set up so that the starter was disabled when the right mag is on.
Later I got a deal on a new impulse mag and installed it on the right. Now start on both mags. Problem...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-25-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 818
Posted By Mel
The pitot location, inboard/outboard wise, is not...

The pitot location, inboard/outboard wise, is not critical; as long as it is well clear of the prop blast. The prop blast keeps pretty much straight back. It does not "fan" out appreciably. My...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By Mel
Wingtips are interchangeable among RV-4, 6, 7, &...

Wingtips are interchangeable among RV-4, 6, 7, & 8.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,502
Posted By Mel
Rotax may not "require" a 5 year replacement. ...

Rotax may not "require" a 5 year replacement. However the SLSA manufacturer "can" "require" the 5 year replacement based on Rotax's recommendation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By Mel
The U.S. certification process is just as if the...

The U.S. certification process is just as if the aircraft were a new build here. That should be no problem if you built the aircraft. You just need to be able to show evidence of amateur-built...
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,048
Posted By Mel
No problem at all.

No problem at all.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-16-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
Posted By Mel
The valve cap is a dust cap. It is not designed...

The valve cap is a dust cap. It is not designed to hold air. If it is leaking you need to replace the valve stem core, not the cap.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 875
Posted By Mel
Have your significant other or build helper hold...

Have your significant other or build helper hold vacuum cleaner "crevice tool" close to the cutting.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-10-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 911
Posted By Mel
Remember that a tapered elevator will not have...

Remember that a tapered elevator will not have "flat" upper and lower surfaces.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,981
Posted By Mel
Just because it's been done doesn't mean it was...

Just because it's been done doesn't mean it was legal. It's also possible that they had their op lims amended to allow parachute jumping.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,981
Posted By Mel
Check your operating limitations before doing...

Check your operating limitations before doing this. Unless they have been amended, intentional parachute jumping is prohibited from Amateur-Built aircraft.

So, Jeff types faster than I do.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,981
Posted By Mel
Or maybe just prior to "ditching".

Or maybe just prior to "ditching".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 831
Posted By Mel
Yes! That's what I use.

Yes! That's what I use.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,447
Posted By Mel
Me Too!

I've had similar experience with Duracell. They were my "go-to" battery but recently I've had several fail & leak also.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 504
Posted By Mel
EAA 1246 Meeting this morning at TKI, 9 - 12. ...

EAA 1246 Meeting this morning at TKI, 9 - 12. Ask ground control for directions to EAA Hangars.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,379
Posted By Mel
That is correct. Transponder certification is a...

That is correct. Transponder certification is a "Flight" requirement. NOT as Airworthiness requirement. See Post 2 of this thread.
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-03-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,880
Posted By Mel
That would be 80 if you include the AN5 bolts in...

That would be 80 if you include the AN5 bolts in the rear spar attach and the fuel tank support bolts.!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,379
Posted By Mel
See above inserts. Also I do a presentation on...

See above inserts.

Also I do a presentation on this very subject for EAA Chapters willing to pay travel expenses to your meeting. Just did one this week for Chapter 168 in Dallas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 504
Posted By Mel
I've got one you are welcome to. Just come get...

I've got one you are welcome to. Just come get it.
Short Stop Airport (8TA5) 972-784-7544
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-18-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,909
Posted By Mel
Don't know about Utah, but you won't find many...

Don't know about Utah, but you won't find many 136 lb. average humans in Texas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,658
Posted By Mel
Yep, I've actually had people show up and state...

Yep, I've actually had people show up and state that they want the item but only brought $XXX.

"I'll take that as a non-refundable deposit and you can bring the rest when you come to pick it up!"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,658
Posted By Mel
When asked the question, "What's your bottom...

When asked the question, "What's your bottom dollar?" My answer is, "Did you read the ad closely? I think I included the price!"
Forum: Rocket 08-28-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,792
Posted By Mel
I would recommend starting with the canopy...

I would recommend starting with the canopy closed, not so much for structural integrity, but because of additional strain on the canopy hinge caused by an accidental high RPM start.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 914
Posted By Mel
RV-4, -6, -7, and -8 have interchangeable...

RV-4, -6, -7, and -8 have interchangeable wingtips.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,050
Posted By Mel
I agree!!!

I agree!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,050
Posted By Mel
THIS...is why it is very important to not...

THIS...is why it is very important to not overfill an auto engine with oil since in auto engines the oil sump is open to the lower end of the crankcase.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,699
Posted By Mel
Not True...

FAA Order 8130.2j says that you, as the owner may/must sign off this initial inspection:

(3) Verify that aircraft records include a completed statement from the owner that the aircraft has been...
Forum: Safety 08-22-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,335
Posted By Mel
Same here!

Same here!
Forum: Safety 08-21-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,335
Posted By Mel
Also remember that if you fail Class III, you...

Also remember that if you fail Class III, you fail and enter into FAA Medical ****.

If there is a problem you don't fail Basic Med. You simply don't pass. You and your doctor work out the problem...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,116
Posted By Mel
Back in another lifetime, while working at T.I.,...

Back in another lifetime, while working at T.I., I drove a '62 Chevy Stepside P-U with half a railroad tie for a front bumper.
People tended to give me right-of-way.
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-16-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,657
Posted By Mel
The "A" model will land shorter because you can...

The "A" model will land shorter because you can achieve a higher AOA on flare.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-14-2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,027
Posted By Mel
Another reason for tricycle gear on a jet was...

Another reason for tricycle gear on a jet was proven with the original "tail dragging" ME-262. Without prop blast on the rudder, direction control is minimal during early take-off roll. This would...
Forum: ADS-B 08-14-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,463
Posted By Mel
You can indeed!

You can indeed!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,665
Posted By Mel
While I am firmly in the group of "Incorrect...

While I am firmly in the group of "Incorrect piloting technique" is the root of the problem, The Mooney is not a good comparison.
You must be really careful landing a Mooney. #1..The Mooney has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,060
Posted By Mel
Yep. If he moves 3 spaces forward diagonally,...

Yep. If he moves 3 spaces forward diagonally, the Queen can move forward 3 spaces and take him!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,060
Posted By Mel
Today's Off Topic.......

....Only if the Bishop moves forward 3 spaces!

http://www.vansairforce.net/DE_Q3_2019/VAFDR_1%202019-08-11.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-11-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Posted By Mel
Yes, I have rebuilt aircraft starters.

Yes, I have rebuilt aircraft starters.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,234
Posted By Mel
So a search....Lots of info!

So a search....Lots of info!
Forum: Primers 08-07-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,000
Posted By Mel
OK, My original post was to recommend that you...

OK, My original post was to recommend that you not sand off the alclad before priming.
If you guys want to do that, go right ahead. I'm out-a-here.
Forum: Primers 08-07-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,000
Posted By Mel
There are ver few, if any, unclad 2024 parts in...

There are ver few, if any, unclad 2024 parts in the RV kits. The unclad parts are 6061.
Your comparison of aluminum to steel is not exactly apples to apples.
Forum: Primers 08-07-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,000
Posted By Mel
When I said that 2024 is very corrosive, I was...

When I said that 2024 is very corrosive, I was implying that it is more corrosive than other aircraft aluminums such as 6061. 6061 is not quite as strong as 2024, but it is much more corrosive...
Forum: Primers 08-07-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,000
Posted By Mel
Just a word here on priming.....You guys are...

Just a word here on priming.....You guys are going WAY overboard on scuffing prior to priming. You don't need sandpaper, especially 120 grit. Just use red Scotchbrite. All you need to do is break...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-05-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 19,404
Posted By Mel
Minor Correction....

That would be MOAC, (Mother Of All Cubs).
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,667
Posted By Mel
Inspect lower engine mount weldments (inside...

Inspect lower engine mount weldments (inside fuselage). Early models were smaller and tend to crack if lightly abused.
Forum: Safety 07-31-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,104
Posted By Mel
Bob is correct. My statement was based on the...

Bob is correct. My statement was based on the assumption that the "student", not the instructor, owned the aircraft.
Forum: Safety 07-30-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,104
Posted By Mel
Actually I misspoke in my original post. The CFI...

Actually I misspoke in my original post. The CFI can charge for his instruction. There can be no charges for use of the aircraft itself.
Forum: Safety 07-30-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,104
Posted By Mel
You may legally give him dual instruction in his...

You may legally give him dual instruction in his airplane.
Forum: Southeast 07-27-2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By Mel
Check your email.

Check your email.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 540
Posted By Mel
I have done this in the past. One important...

I have done this in the past. One important thing is that the letter releasing the number should be sent in the same envelope as the new reservation letter so that the number doesn't get snapped up...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-23-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,225
Posted By Mel
Very Interesting.....

Ann & I spent 3.5 hours in the WAAAM on Friday the 19th as part of our week-long Riverboat Cruise. The museum is very well done, especially the restoration facility. We could have easily spent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mel
There is no "required" format for the builder's...

There is no "required" format for the builder's log. Any simple chronological log is fine. Pictures and dates are important.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mel
Actually, more documentation than the 8130-12 is...

Actually, more documentation than the 8130-12 is required.
From FAA Order 8130.2j:

b. Review Aircraft Records.
(1) Supporting Documentation for the Eligibility Statement.
(a)
Review the builder’s...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,654
Posted By Mel
DARs may NOT issue Repairman Certificates. That...

DARs may NOT issue Repairman Certificates. That must be done by the FSDO. A DAR MAY assist with the application, but not the actual issuance.

FSDO Function Codes for Experimental Amateur-Built...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,654
Posted By Mel
DARs are trained in different areas of expertise....

DARs are trained in different areas of expertise. Each DAR is approved within "Function Codes". Most all DARs that can do Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft can issue Original and Recurrent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,654
Posted By Mel
My advice would be to call a DAR. While I have...

My advice would be to call a DAR. While I have no argument with your position pertaining to the FSDO, They should know how to do this, DARs do this type of thing on a daily basis and typically know...
Forum: International 07-10-2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By Mel
That's totally up to their Government. It's...

That's totally up to their Government. It's their call.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-10-2019, 06:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 990
Posted By Mel
There's absolutely no problem mixing straight...

There's absolutely no problem mixing straight mineral oil in with AD oil.
I would use up the mineral oil one quart at a time with your AD oil.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By Mel
Use a punch!

Use a punch!
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