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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 337
Posted By Mel
I wouldn't remove that rib.......

My suggestion would be to cut a 4" inspection hole in the rear baffle and work your repair through it. With this hole and the cover plate that holds the gauge sender, you will have plenty of room to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By Mel
Not sure why yo'u re concerned about overhaul at...

Not sure why yo'u re concerned about overhaul at 1600 hrs. With proper care and exercise these engines should do almost twice that in hrs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By Mel
I was sure that's what you meant. Just wanted to...

I was sure that's what you meant. Just wanted to clear up for some who might misunderstand.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By Mel
Just for clarification; an inspection CANNOT be...

Just for clarification; an inspection CANNOT be delegated. The inspector may allow you to open up the aircraft, etc. but he/she MUST perform the inspection him/herself.
Forum: COMM 06-20-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Posted By Mel
It's a "notch" filter. I reduces interference...

It's a "notch" filter. I reduces interference with GPS.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By Mel
Yes, I have seen a few. But I couldn't tell you...

Yes, I have seen a few. But I couldn't tell you who it was. I see a LOT of RVs.
to the best of my knowledge it works fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,686
Posted By Mel
If I understand the question, it sounds like you...

If I understand the question, it sounds like you should just twist the lifting chain 180° before you hook it to the engine lifting ring. Then lift the engine slowly while someone holds the engine so...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-18-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,281
Posted By Mel
Using a pin extractor. If the extractor won't...

Using a pin extractor. If the extractor won't grip the pin tight enough, you can always gently push the pin out from the other side while the extractor is in place.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-17-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,369
Posted By Mel
Please continue to treat it like a "glass jaw". ...

Please continue to treat it like a "glass jaw". When I learned to fly back in the dark ages, even with a Cessna 150, I was taught that the nose wheel is for taxiing only, NOT FOR LANDING!
Forum: Propellers 06-17-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 462
Posted By Mel
Could be the oil you are using. If not multiple...

Could be the oil you are using. If not multiple viscosity, thicker oils are VERY thick when cold.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By Mel
I'm having the same problem finding someone who...

I'm having the same problem finding someone who will cover my Grandson in my ELSA Legend Cub. He is ready to start primary training.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-14-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 921
Posted By Mel
As also, will a valve not opening enough.

As also, will a valve not opening enough.
Forum: ADS-B 06-14-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,115
Posted By Mel
It's your choice. The electrons don't care.

It's your choice. The electrons don't care.
Forum: California 06-12-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 763
Posted By Mel
As it is with a lot of us, including Myself and...

As it is with a lot of us, including Myself and Paul Dye.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2019, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,717
Posted By Mel
Also I think you will find on the TCP label that...

Also I think you will find on the TCP label that it is not to be carried in the aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,420
Posted By Mel
45.22(b)A small U.S. registered...

45.22(b)A small U.S. registered aircraft..........may be operated without displaying marks in accordance with 45.21 and 45.23 if:
(ii)The symbol appropriate to the airworthiness certificate of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,420
Posted By Mel
The "X" simply replaces the "Experimental"...

The "X" simply replaces the "Experimental" placard. There is no change to the registration or any paperwork. The "X" doesn't show up anywhere except on the aircraft itself and is not used in any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,420
Posted By Mel
Check your email.

Check your email.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,420
Posted By Mel
Re-read my post. I have updated it!

Re-read my post. I have updated it!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,420
Posted By Mel
The "X" option can be used for RV-3, RV-4, or...

The "X" option can be used for RV-3, RV-4, or RV-6. These are considered as "replicas" of aircraft built over 30 years ago. ref: 45.22(b)(ii).

The X does not show up on any paperwork and is not...
Forum: Reviews 06-08-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 562
Posted By Mel
Typically zip-ties are used to hold wire bundles,...

Typically zip-ties are used to hold wire bundles, hoses, etc. in place.
Tensile strength is not a factor in many cases.
Also, in my experience, black zip-ties seem to tolerate UV and heat better...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 945
Posted By Mel
No such thing as "just Experimental". There are...

No such thing as "just Experimental". There are several Experimental categories; R&D, Crew Trining, Exhibition, Market Survey, Amateur-Built, or Primary Kit Built.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-06-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,817
Posted By Mel
First the entire instrument panel is bogus. When...

First the entire instrument panel is bogus. When have you ever seen a courtesy car with a full gas tank?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By Mel
One thought........

A strobe mounted on top of the vertical stab will reflect off the top of the wings. Can be very annoying at night. Especially if wings are a light color.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-04-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 601
Posted By Mel
Flashing nav lights do not meet the requirement...

Flashing nav lights do not meet the requirement of having anti-collision lights as specified in part 91.205, which is a requirement for experimental aircraft when operating at night as listed within...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,360
Posted By Mel
Fuselage is not wider. It is slightly longer...

Fuselage is not wider. It is slightly longer (more leg room) and the seat pan is lowered to give more headroom. But width is the same on the -6, -7, and -9.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,149
Posted By Mel
Sorry Scott, Didn't see you post until after I...

Sorry Scott, Didn't see you post until after I posted.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,149
Posted By Mel
Small Clarafication.....

Just a reminder that the Repairman Certificate (LSRI) does not relate to maintenance. Only the condition inspection. Anyone can do maintenance on an ELSA.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,149
Posted By Mel
You are correct.

You are correct.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,149
Posted By Mel
You're confusing ELSA with EAB. With ELSA, after...

You're confusing ELSA with EAB. With ELSA, after you receive the repairman certificate, you may perform condition inspection on any ELSA that you own so long as it is in the same class as your...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-28-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
Posted By Mel
If you decide to do "answer 2", (Not my...

If you decide to do "answer 2", (Not my recommendation), I would encourage you to at least start by drilling the corners of the cutout with a 3/4" step drill. This will provide a 3/8" radius and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-26-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,707
Posted By Mel
I would NEVER consider changing the oil and not...

I would NEVER consider changing the oil and not the filter. Why would you want to run new, clean oil through a dirty filter.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 675
Posted By Mel
If it is adjustable set, activate the squeezer...

If it is adjustable set, activate the squeezer and while it is out, adjust the set all the way back. When you release, the plunger will go farther back into the yoke releasing the set.
Forum: Tools 05-24-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 737
Posted By Mel
If you are gong toward oilless, the "California...

If you are gong toward oilless, the "California Air Tools" are the only ones I've found that were quiet. I have a small one in my garage just to adjust tires and blow out the garage. It is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-22-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,258
Posted By Mel
More like...72 in the main spar, 2 at rear spar,...

More like...72 in the main spar, 2 at rear spar, and 2 at fuel tank support. Plus 4 steel doubler plates.
Forum: RV-14 05-21-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,182
Posted By Mel
RV nose wheels are free castering. Steering on...

RV nose wheels are free castering. Steering on the ground is by rudder and brakes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 79,121
Posted By Mel
American Legend Cub.

American Legend Cub.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-13-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 39,194
Posted By Mel
Yes, CG is a factor, BUT..............

Am I the only one who thinks that having a fuel tank forward of the firewall is a bad idea?
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-13-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,782
Posted By Mel
Just another point of reference...........

RV-6, N168TX has been flying since May of 1993 with .016" skins. The original plans did not call for RTV or anything elsa to ty the stiffeners together. This was a later revision. The trailing...
Forum: Flight Testing 05-09-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,144
Posted By Mel
Adding wheel pants should not be considered a...

Adding wheel pants should not be considered a major change.
The change will affect speeds somewhat but not enough to justify a new Phase I.
Revise W&B.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,317
Posted By Mel
I've tried the rubber snake method and found it...

I've tried the rubber snake method and found it works for a short time. Very quickly the birds learn that they are not real and ignore them.
The only sure fire method that I've heard of is a strobe...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-18-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,084
Posted By Mel
YEP.........

I've been an auto mechanic since 1960 and A&P since 1972 and that's always been the rule.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-17-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,084
Posted By Mel
This is NOT a place to "cheap-out"!

New main bearings are cheap compared to possible alternative problems.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 788
Posted By Mel
It is perfectly acceptable to use MK-319-BS...

It is perfectly acceptable to use MK-319-BS rivets here.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-17-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,147
Posted By Mel
Aircraft inspectors have a "job aid" from the FAA...

Aircraft inspectors have a "job aid" from the FAA that lays out the format for operating limitations. That format includes the "N" number, Make, Model, and Serial Number of the aircraft along with...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-17-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,147
Posted By Mel
EAB operating limitations do not have to be...

EAB operating limitations do not have to be changed when moved to a new location. It is just a recommendation that you change the Phase I location if you are updating you op lims anyway, such as a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-17-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,147
Posted By Mel
The operating limitations list the "N" number in...

The operating limitations list the "N" number in the heading along with the serial number. Therefore new op lims are required with a change of "N" number.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-17-2019, 06:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,147
Posted By Mel
"N" number change requires new Airworthiness...

"N" number change requires new Airworthiness Certificate an Operating Limitations. If the location of the aircraft has moved, it is highly recommended that you change the Phase I flight test...
Forum: RV-3 04-16-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 823
Posted By Mel
Hollow Crank doesn't mean C/S capable!

Many F/P only engines have a hollow crank. The front main bearing configuration is the primary controlling factor.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-12-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,629
Posted By Mel
This is correct!

This is correct!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-11-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,629
Posted By Mel
Keep in mind that a modification on an E-LSA that...

Keep in mind that a modification on an E-LSA that made it not comply with LSA parameters would not only "could never be flown by a sport pilot", it could never be flown at all by anybody. Once that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By Mel
Any prop change requires a new phase I flight...

Any prop change requires a new phase I flight test program, unless it is the same diameter and pitch from the same manufacturer.
A major change is pretty much anything that will change the flight...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-10-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 741
Posted By Mel
There are absolutely no "forms" required to...

There are absolutely no "forms" required to reserve an "N" number. A reserved number is assigned to a person, not any aircraft.

You don't have to have an aircraft, a kit, or anything else. Just...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-10-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,629
Posted By Mel
No one has ever shown that there is a real value...

No one has ever shown that there is a real value difference between the same aircraft model built as EAB vs. ELSA. There are advantages and disadvantages for each. It's simple a matter of a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,523
Posted By Mel
Optimum take-off flaps is in the neighborhood of...

Optimum take-off flaps is in the neighborhood of 15°. This is why differential ailerons usually have 15° of down travel. Optimum compromise between lift and drag. If you have electric flaps, try...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,523
Posted By Mel
Prop blast onto lowered flaps will definitely...

Prop blast onto lowered flaps will definitely contribute to raising the tail.
I have investigated more than 1 incidents where props got into the ground because of running up to full power with flaps...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-08-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,629
Posted By Mel
I can't imagine a constant speed prop being a...

I can't imagine a constant speed prop being a substantial improvement on an RV-12.
The -12 has a relative small speed range envelope and jumps off the ground with a F/P.
Plus it can never be flown by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,408
Posted By Mel
I think the subject of the last few posts here is...

I think the subject of the last few posts here is the delay of getting an "N" number change through registration.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2019, 08:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,408
Posted By Mel
The DAR issues a new "permanent" Airworthiness...

The DAR issues a new "permanent" Airworthiness Certificate and Operating Limitations. Nothing else from the FAA.

I just did one last week.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2019, 08:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,408
Posted By Mel
If you are not happy with the FSDO......

You can always use a DAR. Of course there will be a fee involved, but it will be done expeditiously.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,364
Posted By Mel
The latest op lims do not differentiate between...

The latest op lims do not differentiate between aerobatic and non aerobatic, so you will be OK with the new limitations.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,364
Posted By Mel
Your entire post is very well stated. As a...

Your entire post is very well stated. As a point, S-LSA are certificated under 21.190 which does not include the paragraph in question.
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