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Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 07:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 290
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: 13
Views: 425
Posted By Mel
One good example of fuselage lift is the...

One good example of fuselage lift is the HiperBipe.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-01-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By Mel
Aword of caution......

If you do find lenses that fit the original "hoerner" style wing tips, make sure that you are using LED lights. I had these on my -6 originally and the close proximity of the incandescent lights...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 11-30-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
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: 30
Views: 1,110
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: 1,399
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-29-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By Mel
Yep!...............

Yep!...............
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,350
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: 475
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: 233
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: 6,264
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: 6,264
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: 229
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: 296
Posted By Mel
The main thing is the fitting for the oil...

The main thing is the fitting for the oil pressure line!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,294
Posted By Mel
I have a friend who is a great navigator, but...

I have a friend who is a great navigator, but she's NOT reasonably priced.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-23-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,055
Posted By Mel
The references to the C-170B, slipping hard with...

The references to the C-170B, slipping hard with full flaps, tucking under is correct. I owned one for several years.

Later Cessnas had smaller rudders with less rudder authority ,and lack this...
Forum: COMM 11-12-2021, 02:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By Mel
DEFINITELY!

DEFINITELY!
Forum: Safety 11-11-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,515
Posted By Mel
Yep, I'll never forget my first Stearman...

Yep, I'll never forget my first Stearman check-out back in the '60s. The check pilot told me.
"Take a good look at the runway while on base, 'cause that's the last time you'll see it." The runway...
Forum: COMM 11-11-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By Mel
I had 2 com radios in my RV-6 with only a switch...

I had 2 com radios in my RV-6 with only a switch that switched the PTT and mic audio for over 25 years. Never a problem.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-10-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,280
Posted By Mel
Minor correction to George's post. While the...

Minor correction to George's post. While the RV-4, -6, -7, & -8 share the same wing cross section, the RV-3 has a shorter chord and uses a slightly smaller tip.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 09:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,354
Posted By Mel
I know several others who use this requirement.

I know several others who use this requirement.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 05:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,354
Posted By Mel
Don't forget 91.319 (d) Each person operating...

Don't forget
91.319 (d) Each person operating an aircraft that has an experimental certificate shall --- (1) Advise each person carried of the experimental nature of the aircraft.
Just having the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,331
Posted By Mel
I would challenge any RV-6/A with a constant...

I would challenge any RV-6/A with a constant speed prop weighing under 1,000 lbs.

N168TX was reasonably light at 994 lbs. but that was with a F/P wood prop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,016
Posted By Mel
And get out early!

And get out early!
Forum: Florida (Central) 11-05-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By Mel
Runway 90?

WOW; First time I've ever seen a runway 90. They usually don't go any higher than 36.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,016
Posted By Mel
I think this is quite common. Mine does the same.

I think this is quite common. Mine does the same.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,570
Posted By Mel
FAA Order 8130.2J, Appendix D, Paragraph 49...

FAA Order 8130.2J, Appendix D, Paragraph 49 allows:

"Instrument flight operations are authorized if the instruments specified in 91.205(c) are installed, operational, compliant with the performance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 751
Posted By Mel
The DAR is responsible to see that the aircraft...

The DAR is responsible to see that the aircraft meets 21.191.
We are not policemen. The owner/operator is responsible for operational issues. The installation on helicopters will be contained in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 751
Posted By Mel
Smart move or not, if it does not conform to the...

Smart move or not, if it does not conform to the installation instructions, it is not legal. Typically if the aircraft is upside down, the ELT antenna is protected by the vertical stabilizer.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-02-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By Mel
The original poster has trouble with the stick...

The original poster has trouble with the stick where it hits his belly. Shortening the stick would not help here. I had the same problem with my -6.

Short legs (seat forward) and fat belly make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,796
Posted By Mel
I think he was referring to the return shipping.

I think he was referring to the return shipping.
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,940
Posted By Mel
I'm sorry. I should not have quoted your post. My...

I'm sorry. I should not have quoted your post. My comment was meant to address the general population. Not you specifically.

Just because it is easy to overload an aircraft is no excuse to do so.
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,940
Posted By Mel
Let me ruffle some feathers....

The original intent of LSA was for a simple aircraft for fun, day VFR, weekend flying. But now days everyone wants full IFR instrumentation, auto pilot, heavy leather interior, kitchen sink, etc. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mel
#1 A disclaimer/waiver document may or may not...

#1 A disclaimer/waiver document may or may not hold up in a court of law. Some judges may just throw it out. BUT, It DOES show intent on your part.

#2 I always require the next of kin to sign the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mel
There's a common misunderstanding about...

There's a common misunderstanding about eligibility for the repairman certificate on amateur-built aircraft. One person does not have to build 51% of the aircraft. The 51% rule only applies to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mel
Good explanation!

Good explanation!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mel
Zero! NO amount of rebuilding counts toward the...

Zero! NO amount of rebuilding counts toward the 51%. It would take an unbelievable amount of NEW fabrication to honestly qualify.
You can try using the Amateur-Built/Fabrication/Assembly checklist...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 863
Posted By Mel
Increasing the length of the "aft" elevator...

Increasing the length of the "aft" elevator pushrod will not affect belcrank positions. The only thing affected would be the stick position, and 1.2 will not be noticeable.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 863
Posted By Mel
What is the minimum "up" limit? It looks as if...

What is the minimum "up" limit? It looks as if you could simply length the pushrod to move that 1.2 to the up travel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mel
But he also stated that he would retain the...

But he also stated that he would retain the airworthiness certificate and data plate.

The aircraft my only be rebuilt using the original airworthiness certificate and data plate. Once the aircraft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mel
Because a Vans quick build kit has been deemed by...

Because a Vans quick build kit has been deemed by the FAA as having in excess of 51% remaining to be constructed by the customer. "Rebuilding" an aircraft is not considering as "building". It is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,241
Posted By Mel
Sorry, If the aircraft has been deregistered and...

Sorry, If the aircraft has been deregistered and the airworthiness has been turned in, there is no legal option to re-certificate it.

Rebuild does not count toward the 51%. Rebuild is considered as...
Forum: Propellers 10-22-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,423
Posted By Mel
Or move the tailwheel back to where it belongs! ...

Or move the tailwheel back to where it belongs! Sorry, couldn't resist.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,365
Posted By Mel
Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Forum: Florida (Central) 10-21-2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,232
Posted By Mel
Yes, I recommend that you just FLY the engine. ...

Yes, I recommend that you just FLY the engine. Properly cared for Lycomings are known to run WAAAAAAAY beyond TBO. I wouldn't be at all concerned until your engine starts giving you warnings.

I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,337
Posted By Mel
Ventilation...Ventilation...Ventilation!

Ventilation...Ventilation...Ventilation!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,337
Posted By Mel
The continuous heating and cooling is not a...

The continuous heating and cooling is not a problem. Just make sure that all aluminum, structure and skins are warm during riveting.

When I built my -6, it was in controlled environment and I still...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,194
Posted By Mel
That's your determination. Whatever you think is...

That's your determination. Whatever you think is significant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,194
Posted By Mel
Just remember to list him as a builder on the...

Just remember to list him as a builder on the 8130-12. ALL builders just be listed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,194
Posted By Mel
None of that matters as long as you are not...

None of that matters as long as you are not paying him to build. You can have as many builders as you want. The important thing is that the majority of the aircraft must be built for education or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 690
Posted By Mel
Most often forgotten is that if you add the range...

Most often forgotten is that if you add the range markings to the glass, you must have an anti-rotation mark extending from the glass to the bezel to show if the glass has rotated. I recommend doing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By Mel
MicroFasteners is a good source. Also,...

MicroFasteners is a good source.

Also, McMaster-Carr has round head with washer type flange. These are what I use.
Forum: Propellers 10-13-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,926
Posted By Mel
Clarification...

This orientation would be for the engine coming up on compression. Not TDC.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By Mel
Another consideration is to make sure it won't...

Another consideration is to make sure it won't interfere with tie-down ropes.

Better to have it inboard of the tie-down rings.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-10-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 849
Posted By Mel
I don't see any reason that you can't bend it...

I don't see any reason that you can't bend it back. Just make sure you get it accurate.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,453
Posted By Mel
It's your airplane. Do what you want. A...

It's your airplane. Do what you want. A particular engine and/or airplane has nothing to do with it.

The stick should be held full back during start on ALL small airplanes.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,453
Posted By Mel
This should answer your question! I am NOT a...

This should answer your question!

I am NOT a proponent of starter buttons on the stick.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,388
Posted By Mel
Bonding aluminum is a fairly tedious procedure. ...

Bonding aluminum is a fairly tedious procedure. Not really practical for the homebuilder. John Monnett tried it with the Moni wings and ended up changing to rivets.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,111
Posted By Mel
I had 3 notches of flap on my -6. 13, 26, and...

I had 3 notches of flap on my -6. 13, 26, and 38. I found that the first 2 notches produced a reduction in stall speed. The 3rd notch increased drag but did not further reduce stall speed. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,111
Posted By Mel
If you are "floating" an RV-6, you definitely are...

If you are "floating" an RV-6, you definitely are carrying too much airspeed!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,321
Posted By Mel
Your CFI is correct that you must have a solid...

Your CFI is correct that you must have a solid rear facing white light.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-06-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,244
Posted By Mel
The way I remembered the manual trim on my -6...

The way I remembered the manual trim on my -6 was...Screw the nose down, Unscrew the nose up.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-06-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,244
Posted By Mel
Believe it or not, about 1/2 of all airplanes I...

Believe it or not, about 1/2 of all airplanes I inspect have the pitch trim set up backwards.

Easy way to remember is that the tab "flies" the elevator/stabilator, not the airplane. If the tab is...
Forum: Polishing your RV 10-05-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,975
Posted By Mel
I polished my Globe Swift one time. Only one...

I polished my Globe Swift one time. Only one time!
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