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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,313
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, 09:47 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,313
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, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,129
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, 08:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
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, 10:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,791
Posted By Mel
I agree!!!

I agree!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,791
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, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,353
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, 06:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,161
Posted By Mel
Same here!

Same here!
Forum: Safety 08-21-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,161
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, 05:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,793
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, 06:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,491
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, 07:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,824
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, 04:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,002
Posted By Mel
You can indeed!

You can indeed!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,266
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, 08:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,728
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, 06:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,728
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, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 554
Posted By Mel
Yes, I have rebuilt aircraft starters.

Yes, I have rebuilt aircraft starters.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,877
Posted By Mel
So a search....Lots of info!

So a search....Lots of info!
Forum: Primers 08-07-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,707
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, 11:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,707
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, 09:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,707
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, 07:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,707
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, 06:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,815
Posted By Mel
Minor Correction....

That would be MOAC, (Mother Of All Cubs).
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,419
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, 06:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,708
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, 08:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,708
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, 03:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,708
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, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By Mel
Check your email.

Check your email.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 471
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, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 991
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, 01:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,528
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, 09:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,528
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, 08:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,434
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, 07:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,434
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, 06:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,434
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, 08:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
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, 05:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 943
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, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By Mel
Use a punch!

Use a punch!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,187
Posted By Mel
- Parking Brake? We don't need no stinkin'...

- Parking Brake? We don't need no stinkin' parking brake!

- I'm having quite a bit of trouble making Van's wheel paints fit! Anybody else have this problem?
Forum: Tools 06-29-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By Mel
I would call them socket wrenches that don't...

I would call them socket wrenches that don't ratchet!
Forum: GPS 06-29-2019, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 951
Posted By Mel
You're not looking for a resistance reading. ...

You're not looking for a resistance reading. You're looking for continuity. Direct short between center conductor and pin (0 Ohms) is good. Open circuit (Infinite Ohms) is bad. Direct short...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,510
Posted By Mel
I'll bet NOT!!

I'll bet NOT!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By Mel
If you are using a DAR, check with him/her. Many...

If you are using a DAR, check with him/her. Many will send you an 8130-6 completed except for your signature.
I send a package including Program Letter, 8130-6, and 8130-12 ready for applicant's...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 932
Posted By Mel
Yep.....

That is my understanding also, and I just talked with Lycoming and they confirmed same.
The interesting thing is that documentation that came with the engine states that it was shipped set up for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 932
Posted By Mel
Lycoming Shipping for Fixed Pitch

When I built my RV-6, eons ago, Lycoming shipped new engines with both front crankshaft plugs in place. To use a fixed pitch prop, one must remove the front plug, remove or puncture the rear plug,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,144
Posted By Mel
This is also why, when I sell an amateur-built...

This is also why, when I sell an amateur-built aircraft, I have the spouse/guardian sign the liability waiver as well as the buyer.
Nothing is 100% but this should help in a court decision.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-24-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
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: 894
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: 1,099
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: 1,099
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: 762
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: 558
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: 51
Views: 4,072
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: 1,925
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: 13
Views: 2,838
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: 10
Views: 1,122
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: 4,386
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: 1,248
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: 1,886
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: 1,191
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: 2,175
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: 3,954
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...
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