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Forum: Safety Yesterday, 01:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By Mel
I have 6. Each vehicle, kitchen, shop, and...

I have 6. Each vehicle, kitchen, shop, and airplane!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 931
Posted By Mel
My "fat finger" mistake. I meant 100 of...

My "fat finger" mistake. I meant 100 of course.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2022, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By Mel
As you state, the issuance of an Experimental...

As you state, the issuance of an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate does NOT "approve" any of the lighting installation. Compliance with 91.205 is on the shoulders of the owner/operator of the...
Forum: Midwest 01-16-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Mel
It might help to know if the aircraft is S-LSA,...

It might help to know if the aircraft is S-LSA, E-LSA, or EAB. I'm sure a DPE would be more comfortable in an S-LSA.

Never mind...Research shows it to be E-LSA.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-16-2022, 07:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 931
Posted By Mel
Just be sure, when ordering, that you pay...

Just be sure, when ordering, that you pay attention to the countersink angle. Aviation hardware is typically 100.
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-15-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,737
Posted By Mel
Just to reiterate, there were no holes and...

Just to reiterate, there were no holes and alignment pins in the early RV-6 plans.

That procedure came later.
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-15-2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,737
Posted By Mel
Be very careful when adjusting the aileron throw...

Be very careful when adjusting the aileron throw on an RV-6. The belcranks must be precisely centered. A slightly "off" adjustment can cause an "over-center" lock-up of the controls in one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,319
Posted By Mel
Waiting on the paper certificate will only delay...

Waiting on the paper certificate will only delay further. The paper certificate will match the online information.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,319
Posted By Mel
Yes! Your registration is in error. As said...

Yes! Your registration is in error. As said before, call Oklahoma City and get it corrected. All certification information is based on the registration. It MUST be correct.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 634
Posted By Mel
Looks like a single seater with huge rudder...

Looks like a single seater with huge rudder pedals!

I do like the avionics; Light weight, simple wiring, and minimal current draw.
Forum: RV-4 01-14-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 181
Posted By Mel
Easiest way to "jack" the airplane is to lift...

Easiest way to "jack" the airplane is to lift with engine hoist by the engine mount.

Caution: Do NOT lift by the engine itself. Lift by the mount.
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-08-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 768
Posted By Mel
Are you talking about the dog or Louise? Sorry,...

Are you talking about the dog or Louise?

Sorry, I couldn't resist!
Forum: Reviews 01-04-2022, 12:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 863
Posted By Mel
I've been using "Boomers in the know" for several...

I've been using "Boomers in the know" for several years. Sunshades, bi-focal, shaded, safety readers....Pretty much whatever you want. They're in the neighborhood of $20.

They will get you what...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-03-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 184,104
Posted By Mel
Even when using a block, It's amazing how often...

Even when using a block, It's amazing how often the drill will find a "pre-drilled" hole and zip right through.
Forum: The RV Grin 01-03-2022, 10:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,249
Posted By Mel
Really? Nobody? Ann & I got our first ride with...

Really? Nobody? Ann & I got our first ride with Van himself in "Old Blue" at Sun & Fun, 1989.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-02-2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 765
Posted By Mel
Would you believe "nuts" on the back...

Would you believe "nuts" on the back side?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 930
Posted By Mel
Not working loose!.......

Note my emphasis "on initial inspection"! These aircraft have not been flown.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 930
Posted By Mel
Sorry......

I don't have much faith in torque seal. I have found, on initial inspection, nuts that were torque sealed and NOT tight! And, unfortunately, it's not that rare.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-31-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mel
Tailwheel aircraft.............

As has been said, "0" toe is best. Toe-out is better than toe-in. Think of it this way, if the airplane starts to veer to the left, more weight is transferred to the right wheel. If it is toed-in,...
Forum: RV-3 12-31-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,316
Posted By Mel
Tailwheel aircraft.............

As has been said, "0" toe is best. Toe-out is better than toe-in. Think of it this way, if the airplane starts to veer to the left, more weight is transferred to the right wheel. If it is toed-in,...
Forum: RV-15 12-30-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,445
Posted By Mel
If you're tall enough to conveniently use a wing...

If you're tall enough to conveniently use a wing locker on a high wing, you probably won't fit inside the cockpit!
Forum: RV-15 12-30-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,445
Posted By Mel
Wing lockers not practical on a high wing...

Wing lockers not practical on a high wing airplane.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-29-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,541
Posted By Mel
PLEASE, get your airplane reweighed and perform...

PLEASE, get your airplane reweighed and perform proper W&B calculations. In case of an accident, neither the investigator nor the insurance company is going to accept "the likely hood of exceeding...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-29-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,541
Posted By Mel
You really need to go through the "hassle" of...

You really need to go through the "hassle" of reweighing your airplane. You need to know the empty of your airplane. Otherwise you cannot accurately calculate current weight & balance. And this is a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-25-2021, 06:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,800
Posted By Mel
Distance Vs Altitude Loss.....

The question between distance or altitude depends completely on the situation. If you are quite a distance from an airport, then obviously you want distance. OTOH, if you are relatively close to a...
Forum: Propellers 12-23-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By Mel
The Sensenich metal prop for the 360 is NOT...

The Sensenich metal prop for the 360 is NOT certified. 2 totally different props.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,303
Posted By Mel
I put down asphalt several years ago. Cost was...

I put down asphalt several years ago. Cost was just under $50K (20' X 1500')
The way my ground moves here, even with a good base, the edges continue to crack, making it high maintenance.
Forum: Propellers 12-23-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By Mel
This is a certified prop.....

During the certification process Sensenich discovered a harmonic vibration just under 2700 RPM causing them to restrict operation to 2600 RPM max.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-23-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,800
Posted By Mel
You might consider joining "DAM" (Mothers Against...

You might consider joining "DAM" (Mothers Against Dyslexia).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,519
Posted By Mel
Are you sure you're reading the dates correctly? ...

Are you sure you're reading the dates correctly? Typically the purge date is 14 months after the renewal date.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-21-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By Mel
This is a good procedure when a pulled rivet is...

This is a good procedure when a pulled rivet is too long. Just make sure that the final length is sufficient to get a good "shop head".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,519
Posted By Mel
Last I heard number reservations were taking at...

Last I heard number reservations were taking at least 3 months.

On the other hand when you get ready to register the airplane, be sure to let them know that it is an INITIAL registration and they...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-19-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,038
Posted By Mel
Read your operating limitations....

The most recent version of Operating Limitations require that any removable externally mounted equipment must be flight tested and documented in the aircraft maintenance records.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By Mel
Each FSDO handles this differently. For example,...

Each FSDO handles this differently. For example, my FSDO does it by email if the applicant has a letter of recommendation from me. Some FSDOs do it by "zoom".

Best to call your FSDO and ask how...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-15-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,471
Posted By Mel
Recovery is normal, with normal spin recovery...

Recovery is normal, with normal spin recovery techniques. BUT, it does not happen instantaneously. With the original rudder, it can easily take a turn and a half.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,190
Posted By Mel
Never liked "Every one has or will" sayings...

I've been flying for over 54 years, mostly taildraggers and at least my share of retractables. The list includes quite a number of hours in my Globe Swift (retractable taildragger). No ground loops...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-15-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By Mel
Unfortunately, very few gauges are accurate at...

Unfortunately, very few gauges are accurate at that low of a reading.
Forum: RV-15 12-13-2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,211
Posted By Mel
Or if it's primed or not!

Or if it's primed or not!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,988
Posted By Mel
This changes things. If the aircraft has never...

This changes things. If the aircraft has never been certificated in the U.S., it will be treated as a "new" aircraft. IOW, to get experimental amateur-built certification, you must be able to show...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,227
Posted By Mel
Yes, you are correct, that no instruments are...

Yes, you are correct, that no instruments are required for day VFR. Having said that, a DAR may deny certification for anything he/she considers unsafe.

Example: If you are building an "ultralight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,227
Posted By Mel
It is applicable to Experimental Amateur-Built...

It is applicable to Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft when flown at night and/or IFR by the Operating Limitations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,227
Posted By Mel
It is NOT up to the inspector. 91.205(b)(3)...

It is NOT up to the inspector. 91.205(b)(3) states that there is a requirement for a "magnetic direction indicator". It say nothing about a compass and hasn't for many many years. If an inspector...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-10-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,887
Posted By Mel
Also keep in mind that every disassembly and...

Also keep in mind that every disassembly and reassembly creates wear & tear.

And most flights become test flights.

Not saying it can't be done. It's just that most people find that it is not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,988
Posted By Mel
As said before, registration is not a problem. ...

As said before, registration is not a problem. If you have the original airworthiness certificate/operating limitations, you can reregister.

If the original builder deregistered it to avoid...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-10-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,887
Posted By Mel
VERY, VERY few. Many people intend to do this,...

VERY, VERY few. Many people intend to do this, but soon find that it is not practical.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,607
Posted By Mel
Original issue certificate is required. ...

Original issue certificate is required. Photocopy is not acceptable.
Forum: RV-14 12-06-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 822
Posted By Mel
If you can feel a burr....deburr! PERIOD!

If you can feel a burr....deburr! PERIOD!
Forum: Safety 12-06-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,808
Posted By Mel
If you are talking mid-field, I would agree. ...

If you are talking mid-field, I would agree. However if you enter the crosswind beyond the departure end of the runway, that would put you "in" the pattern just as you would be if you had just taken...
Forum: Safety 12-06-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,808
Posted By Mel
I would recommend that if you enter the pattern...

I would recommend that if you enter the pattern on crosswind that you do it beyond the departure end of the runway. That will give you a more complete picture of what's happening. And reduces...
Forum: Safety 12-06-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,808
Posted By Mel
My Opinion........

The aircraft on crosswind is in the pattern and has right-of-way. This assumes that this aircraft is beyond the departure end of the runway and not mid-field.

The aircraft on the 45 is entering...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-04-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,243
Posted By Mel
Ya Think??????? I certainly wouldn't bet against...

Ya Think??????? I certainly wouldn't bet against that!! Well, steam maybe!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By Mel
As Michael said, anyone qualified to fly the...

As Michael said, anyone qualified to fly the aircraft may pilot an experimental airplane during phase I.
Forum: RV-10 12-02-2021, 07:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By Mel
Not including access panels will almost guaranty...

Not including access panels will almost guaranty the need for some type of maintenance. On the other hand, cutting access panels after the fact is not that difficult.
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 12-01-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,725
Posted By Mel
One good example of fuselage lift is the...

One good example of fuselage lift is the HiperBipe.
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 11-30-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,725
Posted By Mel
Fuselage Pros & Cons....

Pros---Fuselage is a great place to attach wings, empennage, and engine.
It also provides a convenient place to ride.

Cons---It's pretty expensive, and in most cases, it doesn't provide...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,358
Posted By Mel
Yep........

If you need a good multimeter, then you need a good multimeter.

But...As Sam says, Most of what we measure, day to day, is course voltage, resistance, or continuity. For these uses, the Harbor...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,620
Posted By Mel
Build log requirements are minimal. Primarily...

Build log requirements are minimal. Primarily you are simply trying to convince the inspector that you built the aircraft. And I promise, an experienced inspector will know if you did the build...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,380
Posted By Mel
Pillowing trailing edges are also the major cause...

Pillowing trailing edges are also the major cause of skin cracking around the most aft rivets.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 681
Posted By Mel
Also remember that a lot of RVs are not...

Also remember that a lot of RVs are not registered as "RVs". Mine, for example, is registered as an "A&M-6". I have a friend who's -8 is registered as an "MS8FB".
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-27-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 469
Posted By Mel
Wingtips are interchangeable among RV-4, -6, -7,...

Wingtips are interchangeable among RV-4, -6, -7, ,and -8.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,433
Posted By Mel
Concerning Duracell Batteries.....

I have discovered in the last few years that Duracell batteries seem to leak at a much higher rate than other brands. This timing seems to relate to the shift to China manufacturing.

I no longer...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,433
Posted By Mel
I Will!

Please read 91.207.

"(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (e) and (f) of this section, no person may operate a U.S. registered civil airplane unless------" It goes on to list the requirements of...
Forum: Propellers 11-25-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By Mel
That spacer is for a Sensenich Metal prop and is...

That spacer is for a Sensenich Metal prop and is not suitable for a wood prop.

You need an extension that is specifically made for a wood prop.
Forum: RV-3 11-24-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
Posted By Mel
The main thing is the fitting for the oil...

The main thing is the fitting for the oil pressure line!
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