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Forum: RV-12 Today, 02:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 111
Posted By Mel
If it is EAB, it's forever. If it's ELSA, it's...

If it is EAB, it's forever. If it's ELSA, it's forever. If it's SLSA it may be changed to ELSA.
Forum: RV-12 Today, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 111
Posted By Mel
Builder's choice. To qualify as ELSA the...

Builder's choice. To qualify as ELSA the aircraft must be built exactly per plans and all parts must be purchased from the kit manufacturer.
Some people prefer to make minor or major modifications...
Forum: RV-6/6A Yesterday, 10:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 126
Posted By Mel
What does your installation instruction say? ...

What does your installation instruction say? ELTs must be installed IAW the manufacturer's instructions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,650
Posted By Mel
I fly from the left seat and Ann flies from the...

I fly from the left seat and Ann flies from the right. The EFIS and instruments on the left side are set up in knots and GPS and instruments on the right side are set up in mph. Her side goes...
Forum: California 11-11-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 922
Posted By Mel
The great part of having your PCP do BasicMed as...

The great part of having your PCP do BasicMed as part of your Annual physical is that insurance will usually cover it. Mine did!
Forum: ADS-B 11-09-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By Mel
The TN70 is TSO'd. The TN72 meets the...

The TN70 is TSO'd. The TN72 meets the requirements of the TSO and is acceptable for Experimental, Gliders, and Light-Sport, but it is not TSO'd.
My understanding is that TSO'd equipment is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-09-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By Mel
In a word, NO! Electrical and fuel lines need to...

In a word, NO! Electrical and fuel lines need to be run separately.
Forum: Rocket 11-09-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,208
Posted By Mel
Flaps are the only control surfaces that get...

Flaps are the only control surfaces that get extended into the airstream and stay there. All other control surfaces extend into the airstream only momentarily. Flaps carry some pretty extreme...
Forum: ADS-B 11-08-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,095
Posted By Mel
The Trig control head has the altitude encoder...

The Trig control head has the altitude encoder built in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By Mel
Read FAA AC 90-116 carefully. It defines...

Read FAA AC 90-116 carefully. It defines addition pilots who can be on board during phase I. It is restrictive. Flight training is NOT a part of Phase I. This AC also must be listed within the...
Forum: ADS-B 11-08-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,095
Posted By Mel
I agree with bkervaski. Cheap is not always...

I agree with bkervaski. Cheap is not always economical. Do your research.

I went with Trig. I've had Trig in 2 airplanes over quite a few years and very happy with their system.

Complete ADS-B...
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 920
Posted By Mel
It depends on your age and height. I am 75 and...

It depends on your age and height. I am 75 and short. I need them. You will get older and your passengers may already be there.
I designed the steps for my -6. They go straight out behind the...
Forum: RV-12 11-04-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 424
Posted By Mel
email sent.

email sent.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-04-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,944
Posted By Mel
Lucky is one of the best around and I would trust...

Lucky is one of the best around and I would trust him with my life. I've known him for MANY years.
But remember, only the factory can "zero time" an engine. This would be "0 SMOH".
Forum: ADS-B 10-31-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Posted By Mel
I've been using TT22 Trig transponders for quite...

I've been using TT22 Trig transponders for quite a few years both in my RV-6 and now in My Legend Cub. Both have worked flawlessly.
Also removing Garmin and installing Trig saved me several...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,313
Posted By Mel
Personally I would go to 1/8" rivets in these...

Personally I would go to 1/8" rivets in these holes. You are using way too much scuffing force. Very little scuffing is needed, especially if you are using a self-etching primer.
Forum: RV-10 10-29-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By Mel
Are you sure you didn't swap nuts left for right?

Are you sure you didn't swap nuts left for right?
Forum: Propellers 10-29-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,051
Posted By Mel
I use a build up of duct tape. You can build up...

I use a build up of duct tape. You can build up as necessary and it provides a good cushion. You may need to replace the duct tape occasionally.
Forum: Propellers 10-29-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,051
Posted By Mel
The front bulkhead needs to be there. You can...

The front bulkhead needs to be there. You can get by without screws in the front bulkhead if you make sure that the fit of the front bulkhead is very tight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,854
Posted By Mel
Back to the original topic of delays in Aircraft...

Back to the original topic of delays in Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City. I sold my RV-6 on August 29. Registration transfer was sent in same day. Finally showed up on FAA website today. Over 8...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-27-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By Mel
The reinforcement is needed for pop rivets...

The reinforcement is needed for pop rivets because the small round "shop head" can pull through the fiberglass quite easily. The nut-plate has a much larger footprint. So the reinforcement is not...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-26-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By Mel
Yes, this applies to anyone. The only time the...

Yes, this applies to anyone. The only time the "builder" is required is for the annual condition inspection. And then he/she must hold the repairman certificate for that aircraft. Any maintenance...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-26-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By Mel
No problem. Since the aircraft is certificated...

No problem. Since the aircraft is certificated as experimental amateur-built, you may place the aircraft back into phase I and test the aircraft to the new gross weight. The process is listed in...
Forum: Propellers 10-24-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 895
Posted By Mel
I've cut several myself. It's not really bad. I...

I've cut several myself. It's not really bad. I think you can get the gap a little tighter by doing it yourself.
Like so many other things, just cut a little at a time until you get what you want. ...
Forum: GPS 10-24-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By Mel
Yes, you may shorten a GPS antenna cable if you...

Yes, you may shorten a GPS antenna cable if you have the proper tools to install a new connector.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-23-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By Mel
Started out with Mark Landoll starter (Auto...

Started out with Mark Landoll starter (Auto conversion) in 1993.
Changed out to SkyTec Hi-Torque in 1994 or '95. That same HT starter is still doing a great job today.
Forum: Texas (North) 10-22-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,481
Posted By Mel
Yeah. Like Vic says. Look at the small "hole"...

Yeah. Like Vic says. Look at the small "hole" just inside the "red". That's the outboard aileron hinge. Once you see that, it will become clear.
The yellow stripe ends at the wingtip. The black...
Forum: ADS-B 10-22-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 298
Posted By Mel
From the Trig website: TN72 GPS – X configuration...

From the Trig website: TN72 GPS – X configuration uses SIL 3 in the transponder settings, and fully satisfies the technical requirements of FAR 91.227 for 2020 compliance. Light-sport, experimental...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 478
Posted By Mel
Typically addition of an autopilot is considered...

Typically addition of an autopilot is considered to be major because it is directly connected to the aircraft's control system.
As to what testing is required, that's your call. I would recommend...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mel
Yep, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, I believe, said it...

Yep, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, I believe, said it first!
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mel
Mr. Aluminum, You are free to do whatever you...

Mr. Aluminum, You are free to do whatever you are comfortable with on your aircraft. It is indeed experimental. But you seem to be indicating that tapping platenuts is common practice. In your...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mel
Very well stated. Please listen to what Michael...

Very well stated. Please listen to what Michael says. Platenuts are designed the way they are on purpose. Don't destroy that purpose.
Personally I use the "wax" lube method for initial threading...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-19-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,682
Posted By Mel
I was hoping to see a reduction in stall speed...

I was hoping to see a reduction in stall speed with the increase in span. Actually the span increase is only at the trailing edge and doesn't increase the area very much.
I perceived no difference...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-18-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,682
Posted By Mel
I did this wing-tip swap on my -6 and didn't...

I did this wing-tip swap on my -6 and didn't notice any change in roll rate.
Forum: RV-12 10-17-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,321
Posted By Mel
If I understand you correctly, the think plate...

If I understand you correctly, the think plate doesn't back up against anything. If that is the case, why are the protruding rivets a problem?
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,505
Posted By Mel
FWIW; I have been using Permatex #2 on NPT...

FWIW; I have been using Permatex #2 on NPT fittings for too many years to count.
I've used it on cars, trucks, boats, and aircraft and have NEVER had a leak caused by this sealant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,257
Posted By Mel
You might consider putting you switches above the...

You might consider putting you switches above the EFIS. Since the top of the panel is curved, the EFIS will only impact the top at the very edges.

I placed all my switches except for the Master and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By Mel
If water hardens on MY airplane, bugs are the...

If water hardens on MY airplane, bugs are the least of my worries!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By Mel
Best product to remove bugs from leading edge is...

Best product to remove bugs from leading edge is water! But you must remove them on the day of their demise. i.e. Never let a bug spend the night on your airplane.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By Mel
Don't know about the "pointy" thing, but anyone...

Don't know about the "pointy" thing, but anyone with a little fiberglass experience can do the "screwless mod". I did it on mine and it looks great.

People always ask what holds the spinner on and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Mel
Yes, installing an autopilot modifies your...

Yes, installing an autopilot modifies your control system and can affect the flight characteristics of the aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Mel
It depends on your operating limitations. Some...

It depends on your operating limitations. Some simply require that you "notify the FSDO of your test area", and some require "approval in writing".
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,688
Posted By Mel
I think the debate here is between E-10 and E-15,...

I think the debate here is between E-10 and E-15, not E-85.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,567
Posted By Mel
Both Chuck and Jeff fly for American Airlines, so...

Both Chuck and Jeff fly for American Airlines, so they may be on a trip. They will respond when they get your message.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,294
Posted By Mel
Maybe, maybe not. Nothing has been said about...

Maybe, maybe not. Nothing has been said about changes to stall speed, etc. Lots of things can change. I wouldn't plan on anything until the final rule. And we're still several months away from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,412
Posted By Mel
Don't forget, gross weight is not the only...

Don't forget, gross weight is not the only requirement for Sport-Pilots.
Top speed and clean stall speed come to mind.

Nothing will "start" until the rules go through an NPRM procedure.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,252
Posted By Mel
Not quite sure if she can reach the mag switch,...

Not quite sure if she can reach the mag switch, why can't she reach the starter?
My Wife flew our RV-6 from the right seat. We had the mag switches and starter on the throttle/mixture/etc. sub...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By Mel
The good part about these "excepted" items is...

The good part about these "excepted" items is that if you have them done, it doesn't count against you, but if you DO them yourself, you get credit toward the 51%.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,344
Posted By Mel
Certainly. As long as all your changes are...

Certainly. As long as all your changes are factory approved, you're good to go.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-05-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,007
Posted By Mel
Be careful of small toggle switches that are...

Be careful of small toggle switches that are rated at 5 amps. Most of these are rated for 5A AC. DC rating is not the same.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,294
Posted By Mel
Yep, like I said, the 170B is a great airplane. ...

Yep, like I said, the 170B is a great airplane. I really enjoyed mine. Putting a Lyc O-360, and constant speed prop on the nose really helps the performance. The only comment I don't understand...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,294
Posted By Mel
Cessna 170B also has a 6-cylinder Continental...

Cessna 170B also has a 6-cylinder Continental engine, unless it's been converted.
I used to have one. It is a great airplane. It is NOT fast and it will not haul a big load.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-03-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,437
Posted By Mel
You don't have to remove it. You just need a...

You don't have to remove it. You just need a hole to relieve pressure.
Forum: RV-12 10-02-2018, 10:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,095
Posted By Mel
Yes! The regs say it must be "readable by a...

Yes! The regs say it must be "readable by a person on the ground". It says nothing about a required "position" of the person on the ground.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,607
Posted By Mel
Congratulations Dave. I wondered how long it was...

Congratulations Dave. I wondered how long it was going to take someone to notice that that paragraph has not been in our operating limitations since the introduction or FAA Order 8130.2h in February...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 685
Posted By Mel
When doing this, be sure that all weight of the...

When doing this, be sure that all weight of the airplane is off the gear while measuring.

By design, this style gear will always have an amount of toe-out with the airplane on the ground.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,320
Posted By Mel
Don't be lulled not a false sense of security. ...

Don't be lulled not a false sense of security. Age isn't necessarily the fail factor of switches. I've seen fairly new switches fail too. Bottom line is that if you have a key type switch, you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,320
Posted By Mel
But again since you normally kill the engine with...

But again since you normally kill the engine with the mixture, you still need to periodically "test" the off position of the switch. The typical "mag check" does not test the off position.
Forum: Safety 09-29-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,652
Posted By Mel
§91.207(a)(1) requires you to have an ELT! If...

§91.207(a)(1) requires you to have an ELT! If you already have an ELT, why would you want to remove it? Maybe I'm not understanding your question.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,320
Posted By Mel
Personally I don't like "key" ignitions. They do...

Personally I don't like "key" ignitions. They do fail and the problem is that unless you test the "Off" position periodically, you won't know it's failed. By killing the engine with the mixture,...
Forum: RV-12 09-28-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By Mel
Look on the right side. Column named "Forum". ...

Look on the right side. Column named "Forum". Click on one that says "RV General Discussion/News"
Forum: Safety 09-28-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,652
Posted By Mel
But our aircraft DO fall under paragraph (a)(1)...

But our aircraft DO fall under paragraph (a)(1) of §91.207. Therefore you must have an ELT. You may substitute a PLB if your operations only fall under paragraph (e) or (f).
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