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Forum: Safety Yesterday, 07:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,743
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: 1,601
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: 7
Views: 475
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: 2,902
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: 835
Posted By Mel
You can indeed!

You can indeed!
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-12-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By Mel
It depends......

Would those be "Max's" cupcakes? 'Cause those run a little more.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,704
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: 1,604
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: 1,604
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: 411
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: 1,648
Posted By Mel
So a search....Lots of info!

So a search....Lots of info!
Forum: Primers 08-07-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,095
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: 21
Views: 1,095
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: 21
Views: 1,095
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: 21
Views: 1,095
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: 17,208
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: 1,098
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: 19
Views: 2,103
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: 19
Views: 2,103
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: 19
Views: 2,103
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: 303
Posted By Mel
Check your email.

Check your email.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
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: 925
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: 1,455
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: 1,455
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: 3,284
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: 3,284
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: 3,284
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: 503
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: 912
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: 502
Posted By Mel
Use a punch!

Use a punch!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,124
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: 839
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: 911
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: 11,308
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: 426
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: 889
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: 889
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: 2,039
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: 773
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: 874
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: 1,063
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: 1,063
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: 711
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: 527
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: 3,917
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: 1,825
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: 2,750
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: 1,078
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: 4,229
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: 1,197
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: 1,656
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: 1,133
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: 2,130
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: 3,821
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: 3,821
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: 3,821
Posted By Mel
Check your email.

Check your email.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,821
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: 3,821
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: 725
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: 1,033
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: 4,736
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?
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