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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-03-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By Mel
When adding a wire to corrugated conduit, tie a...

When adding a wire to corrugated conduit, tie a cotton ball to a piece of string and blow it through the conduit with compressed air. Tie the new wire to the string and pull it through.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By Mel
Might want to check your caliper calibration! ...

Might want to check your caliper calibration! Actually I think it should be .0625".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By Mel
Yes, A FSDO or DAR must inspect the aircraft and...

Yes, A FSDO or DAR must inspect the aircraft and issue new airworthiness certificate and op lims.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By Mel
If you can show proof that the airplane meets...

If you can show proof that the airplane meets 21.191(g) and has been flight tested, to meet Phase I requirements, you will not need to repeat Phase I flight testing.
Proof that the airplane was...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 04-21-2022, 06:13 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 60,465
Posted By Mel
Yes They DO! Only time I've been ramp checked...

Yes They DO!

Only time I've been ramp checked is when I was flying under a waiver at an airshow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,280
Posted By Mel
Yep! And I agree with what you said. That's why...

Yep! And I agree with what you said. That's why I said that the insurance co. would probably pay off because of "fraud".
I registered my RV-6 as an "A&M 6" because it was the 6th aircraft built...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,280
Posted By Mel
While you can assign any model you want, In your...

While you can assign any model you want, In your case, if you had a claim, it probably would not be paid.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 481,379
Posted By Mel
This is true for S-LSA, not for E-LSA.

This is true for S-LSA, not for E-LSA.
Forum: Safety 04-17-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,368
Posted By Mel
Will Co's brother.

Will Co's brother.
Forum: Safety 04-16-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,368
Posted By Mel
"ROGER" means, "I have heard your transmission...

"ROGER" means, "I have heard your transmission and understand."

Small correction from the "Pilot/Controller Glossary" in the AIM: Roger, "I have received all of your last transmission. It should...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By Mel
See PM......

See PM......
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By Mel
Found it. What's it worth? Gotta at least cover...

Found it. What's it worth? Gotta at least cover shipping.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By Mel
I think I have one from Dynon. Let me check my...

I think I have one from Dynon. Let me check my shop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,791
Posted By Mel
I'm not aware of any regulation prohibiting this,...

I'm not aware of any regulation prohibiting this, but I would avoid it if possible.

In my opinion, it detracts from the intended "Obvious" notification. I would discuss this with your intended...
Forum: Primers 04-14-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By Mel
Try "Aero TouchUps".........

They are located in Titusville, FL. They offer a kit of PG60G2 that contains the proper ratio of primer/catalyst to make 40 oz of sprayable product.

They are not cheap, but who is now-days?
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 04-13-2022, 04:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,148
Posted By Mel
91.205 is pretty clear on requirements. 91.205...

91.205 is pretty clear on requirements. 91.205 does not apply to Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft flown day/VFR. For Night and/or IFR operations, the requirements are the same for EAB and...
Forum: RV-3 04-13-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By Mel
When you do your next one, stagger the rivets in...

When you do your next one, stagger the rivets in the double row so that they are not directly in line with each other.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,791
Posted By Mel
FAAs interpretation is that it should be obvious...

FAAs interpretation is that it should be obvious to anyone entering the aircraft.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By Mel
All nyloc nuts are not created equally. This is...

All nyloc nuts are not created equally. This is something you will have to determine yourself.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By Mel
Well, Not forever, but for a while. By the time...

Well, Not forever, but for a while. By the time you remove them after storage, assemble the aircraft, and complete the build, the smell will be gone. It doesn't last forever.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,791
Posted By Mel
My research shows the original first flew in...

My research shows the original first flew in 1999. If that is true, it would be eligible in 2029. I'm sure that Van's can either verify or correct this information.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By Mel
Mothballs are also a good mouse deterrent.

Mothballs are also a good mouse deterrent.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,791
Posted By Mel
YES, They are! ref; 45.22(b). 45.22(b) also...

YES, They are! ref; 45.22(b). 45.22(b) also allows for these aircraft to display 2" numbers.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,791
Posted By Mel
This will meet the requirement.

This will meet the requirement.
Forum: Tools 04-08-2022, 06:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,727
Posted By Mel
One thing worse than getting...

One thing worse than getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
Posted By Mel
And while we're on the subject............

Lead content is NOT required on these placards. Only requirements are minimum octane rating and capacity of the tank.
Forum: Tools 04-07-2022, 07:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,727
Posted By Mel
Being retired and having spare time is an...

Being retired and having spare time is an oxymoron!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,019
Posted By Mel
This is "standard procedure" for kit built...

This is "standard procedure" for kit built Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA). The kit manufacturer is listed as "builder" per FAA regulations. That regulation is based on the fact that the aircraft was...
Forum: Propellers 04-07-2022, 05:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,307
Posted By Mel
This is an acceptable solution. When I modified...

This is an acceptable solution. When I modified the engine on my -6, We weren't sure of the exact HP and Sensenich shortened my prop 1/2" and it worked perfectly.
Forum: Propellers 04-06-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,307
Posted By Mel
Like Carl says, We need a LOT more information. ...

Like Carl says, We need a LOT more information. If this is static RPM, it's too high. If it is cruise it is low. I usually shoot for 2750 WOT @ 7500' MSL.

BTW; I hope you meant 180 HP!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 798
Posted By Mel
The DAR should have made a logbook entry...

The DAR should have made a logbook entry indicating when the first condition inspection is due.
Forum: RV-14 04-03-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,693
Posted By Mel
And speaking of snap rolls.......

If I remember correctly the two maneuvers Van EXPLICITLY does not recommend is "snap rolls" and "tail slides"!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,019
Posted By Mel
You can look up the "N" number on the FAA...

You can look up the "N" number on the FAA registration website. Look down at classification.

If Classification is "Experimental" it was built from a kit buy an individual.

If Classification is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2022, 06:07 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,552
Posted By Mel
"Complied with SB-00053 in accordance with...

"Complied with SB-00053 in accordance with instructions from Van's Aircraft Inc."
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,552
Posted By Mel
Fiberglass & proseal.....Extra work, Extra...

Fiberglass & proseal.....Extra work, Extra weight, and totally unnecessary.

My recommendation is... follow Van's instructions.
Forum: Reviews 03-31-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By Mel
Very similar results here. I ordered a UMA 3...

Very similar results here. I ordered a UMA 3 1/8" ASI for my current project. After final panel layout, I realized that I would need a 2 1/4" instrument. Since I had ordered it with range...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2022, 06:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,101
Posted By Mel
GRT "Sun-N-Fun" Specials posted today on their...

GRT "Sun-N-Fun" Specials posted today on their website. Unfortunately nothing I need is on sale.
Forum: Safety 03-27-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,681
Posted By Mel
And the answer is still...NO! The Operating...

And the answer is still...NO! The Operating Limitations issued with your Airworthiness Certificate covers this requirement.
Forum: RV-4 03-25-2022, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,190
Posted By Mel
Aircraft cooling systems are designed to be...

Aircraft cooling systems are designed to be efficient in flight, not on the ground.

Ground runs should be kept to a minimum, especially on a new or freshly overhauled engine. Ground runs are...
Forum: Safety 03-23-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,193
Posted By Mel
If a shop avoids a standard (required) inspection...

If a shop avoids a standard (required) inspection because of safety wire difficulty, this would be a shop to avoid entirely.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2022, 05:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,033
Posted By Mel
One turn is 360. 180 would be a half turn.

One turn is 360. 180 would be a half turn.
Forum: Safety 03-16-2022, 04:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,129
Posted By Mel
From my very first instructor in 1967....

Do you know how to hold the nose wheel off the ground? If so, you should have no problems!

Any time you have enough speed to lift the nose wheel off the ground, it should NOT be on the ground. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,339
Posted By Mel
You might be surprised at some of the things I...

You might be surprised at some of the things I find at inspection.

Don't think I've ever found a bucking bar, but I have found clecoes, bolts, nuts, etc. closed up in control surfaces.
Forum: ADS-B 03-15-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,982
Posted By Mel
Good Question!

This is a question for the FAA types in Washington. I suspect that they will need to reword the regulatory requirements.
Forum: ADS-B 03-15-2022, 08:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,982
Posted By Mel
91.215(b)(3)"..............any aircraft which...

91.215(b)(3)"..............any aircraft which was not certificated with an engine driven electrical system or which has not subsequently been certified with such a system installed....."

In other...
Forum: RV-14 03-13-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,524
Posted By Mel
PLEASE DON'T DO THIS!!!!!!!!

Do NOT use the fuel drain for electrical grounding. Doing so is asking for a rather large insurance claim that will likely be denied.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 06:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,893
Posted By Mel
That's NOT going to "polish" out!

That's NOT going to "polish" out!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 824
Posted By Mel
I can't imagine why an inspector would have a...

I can't imagine why an inspector would have a problem with removing the rear seat and harness for solo flight. However if it is certificated with the rear seat and harness in place, it will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,195
Posted By Mel
This would be Dean Fellows. He lives in McKinney...

This would be Dean Fellows. He lives in McKinney TX. Just talked with him yesterday.
No broken oil line. The front seal blew out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 584
Posted By Mel
Yes! Common practice.

Yes! Common practice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2022, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 584
Posted By Mel
Aircraft registration does NOT use puncuation!

Aircraft registration does NOT use puncuation!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-02-2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,999
Posted By Mel
I might suggest building a small ramp for your...

I might suggest building a small ramp for your nose wheel. Raising the nose wheel just a little (Maybe just a piece of 2X lumber) will give you much better clearance at the tail.

Or....You could...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-02-2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,999
Posted By Mel
You stated that you added air to one of the...

You stated that you added air to one of the mains. Because of the "arm", raising the main 1" will probably raise the tail 2".
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-01-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 36,552
Posted By Mel
Use the "Etch-A Sketch" reset method. i.e. Pick...

Use the "Etch-A Sketch" reset method. i.e. Pick it up and shake the .... out of it.
The punch will show up.
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-28-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,300
Posted By Mel
One more time.........

95% of cracks are caused by improper forming of the trailing edge, not HP or skin thickness.

My -6 has been flying for over 29 years with approx. 175 hp and .016 skin and no cracks. I know of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-25-2022, 06:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,570
Posted By Mel
Obviously a fake! There was no "video" when I...

Obviously a fake! There was no "video" when I had my first car.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 921
Posted By Mel
You'll need to check with your local FSDO or MIDO...

You'll need to check with your local FSDO or MIDO to find latest requirements. When I got mine you had to hold a Mechanic Certificate with Airframe & Powerplant rating. I believe that now, if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 921
Posted By Mel
Yep. Responded.

Yep. Responded.
Forum: COMM 02-24-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By Mel
The GRT website shows an update for this...

The GRT website shows an update for this combination last November. I assume that you have already looked into this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2022, 06:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 921
Posted By Mel
Responded with Darrel's contact info.

Responded with Darrel's contact info.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2022, 03:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,570
Posted By Mel
Heck, I remember when cars were like that. I...

Heck, I remember when cars were like that. I have started Cadillacs with my 1941 Chevy key.

OOPS, Did I just give away my age?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 921
Posted By Mel
New E-AB DAR...

I have a very good, long time friend In Virginia who just got his DAR.

I've known Darrel for 30+ years and know him to be professional, meticulous, and all around Good Guy. He's new, but learns...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By Mel
Many inline filters were installed when tanks had...

Many inline filters were installed when tanks had slosh in them, as slosh WAS standard procedure until the early '90s.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,087
Posted By Mel
I always use 15 flap for take-off. Less time on...

I always use 15 flap for take-off. Less time on the ground, better visibility over the nose, less tire wear. Reason for doing it every time, you establish a routine, thereby lessening the...
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