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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By Mel
I just watched this video and the gentleman is...

I just watched this video and the gentleman is wrong on 1 point. To qualify for the repairman certificate the applicant must be listed as A primary builder but he/she does NOT have to build 51% of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By Mel
The statement of VFR Vs. IFR on the program...

The statement of VFR Vs. IFR on the program letter is not binding.

Your op lims should state that You may fly IFR if equipped and current per 91.205 as others have stated.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 678
Posted By Mel
Both com antenna's on my -6 just forward of the...

Both com antenna's on my -6 just forward of the main spar couple inches inboard of the fuselage sides. Almost 30 years old and still working great. Never had a problem communicating with ground...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,025
Posted By Mel
Current operating limitations contain the...

Current operating limitations contain the following paragraph:

Flight over a densely populated area or in a congested airway is authorized for the purpose of takeoff or landing; or when sufficient...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2021, 10:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By Mel
Primarily, prop/ground clearance.

Primarily, prop/ground clearance.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-07-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Mel
You are not required to change the model, but you...

You are not required to change the model, but you can if you wish. The procedure to change model is to amend your A/W and Op Lims and add a new data plate next to the original. Any DAR with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,025
Posted By Mel
In a word....NO! to both questions.

In a word....NO! to both questions.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-06-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Mel
Just for clarity......

That would be "track". Wheel base is from front to rear.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,025
Posted By Mel
That would be 91.319(d): "Each person operating...

That would be 91.319(d): "Each person operating an aircraft that has an experimental certificate shall--(3)Notify the control tower of the experimental nature of the aircraft when operating into or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,124
Posted By Mel
Yes, but in doing so, you will destroy it's...

Yes, but in doing so, you will destroy it's intended locking mechanism.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By Mel
Conduct a pre-flight inspection.

Conduct a pre-flight inspection.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By Mel
But they have since been updated!!!! I know.

But they have since been updated!!!! I know.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 02:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,529
Posted By Mel
Comparing aircraft engine longevity/oil change...

Comparing aircraft engine longevity/oil change intervals to autos is not exactly apples-to-apples.
For one thing, auto engines rarely run continuously at 75% power.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,529
Posted By Mel
Most automobiles have a recommendation to change...

Most automobiles have a recommendation to change oil at least annually.
Forum: RV-3 04-03-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 554
Posted By Mel
Actually Jeff & Chuck have sold that business. ...

Actually Jeff & Chuck have sold that business. I'll see if I can get the new guys contact info.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By Mel
Explain Please?....... The paragraph concerning...

Explain Please?.......

The paragraph concerning major changes hasn't changed in over 15 years.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By Mel
Any DAR with the proper function code (147 for...

Any DAR with the proper function code (147 for DAR-T or 57 for DAR=F) can amend you operating limitations. It's strictly a paperwork function. The aircraft must have a current condition inspection.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Mel
Actually the FAA Registration office gives...

Actually the FAA Registration office gives priority to original registrations and is currently turning them around pretty quickly. I registered my current aircraft last month and received it in less...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-02-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,132
Posted By Mel
Sorry, but this is backwards. The Airworthiness...

Sorry, but this is backwards. The Airworthiness Certificate must be displayed. Ref: 91.203(b)

The registration, Op Lims, and current W&B must be on board.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By Mel
"Significant change" is a judgment call. I...

"Significant change" is a judgment call. I suspect that what you are proposing would be insignificant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 06:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 918
Posted By Mel
A WORD OF CAUTION..........

There is no need to include "LL" on fueling placards. The requirement is to include "Minimum Fuel Grade and Quantity". The regulations say nothing about lead content. If you have "LL" on your fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By Mel
Legally, anyone can maintain, repair, and even...

Legally, anyone can maintain, repair, and even modify an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft.
Having said that, if you are not experienced at these kinds of things, I strongly recommend that you have...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-31-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By Mel
Any time I'm working on aircraft, or working on...

Any time I'm working on aircraft, or working on anything around the House or Hangar, I wear bib overalls. No belts, no brads, etc, and lots of pockets.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-26-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,085
Posted By Mel
The RV-6 is by no means an outdated design. It...

The RV-6 is by no means an outdated design. It was simply replaced because the -7 could be built with already prepunched and prefabbed part from the RV-8 & -9, making it easier to kit and to build.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2021, 06:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,029
Posted By Mel
Yes, but so will a lower touchdown speed.

Yes, but so will a lower touchdown speed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,146
Posted By Mel
I typically give a 75nm radius for RVs except for...

I typically give a 75nm radius for RVs except for the -12 (55nm radius). The home airport need not be in the center of the circle, just within it. I also offer 1 airport outside the circle up to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-25-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By Mel
Just be sure and check your bag first. Not all...

Just be sure and check your bag first. Not all Walmart bags are "leakproof".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By Mel
Isn't it for the wheel pant attach?

Isn't it for the wheel pant attach?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 885
Posted By Mel
Congratulations Tom & Bonnie!

Congratulations Tom & Bonnie!
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,786
Posted By Mel
In the U.S. the 51% qualification is determined...

In the U.S. the 51% qualification is determined by filling out the "Amateur-Built Fabrication and Assembly Checklist (2011) Fixed Wing"

This is a 10 page checklist found on the FAA website. It is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 06:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By Mel
As said before, Part 43 does not apply to...

As said before, Part 43 does not apply to experimental amateur-built aircraft, EXCEPT for the annual condition inspection, as specified in the operating limitations.

Most MIDO and/or FSDO inspectors...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,274
Posted By Mel
I can attest.......

I also had a C-170. I'm pretty sure the slip w/flaps restriction was limited to the C-170B and the L-19. The combination of the "barn-door" flaps and the rather large rudder caused a situation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,065
Posted By Mel
Just as a point of clarification, lighting...

Just as a point of clarification, lighting requirements are no different for experimental aircraft. 91.205 applies equally for certified and experimental aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 710
Posted By Mel
I'm not familiar with that particular unit, but a...

I'm not familiar with that particular unit, but a transponder and a GPS cannot share the same antenna. And, the transponder antenna needs to be on the bottom whereas the GPS needs to be on top of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 44,838
Posted By Mel
Not quite sure where this is coming from. Cessna...

Not quite sure where this is coming from. Cessna 172XP's, or more accurately the "Hawk XP", use a 6 cylinder, derated Continental IO-360.

Unless you are thinking to the C-172SP, which does use a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,724
Posted By Mel
Not Recommended......

The stabilator attach points are not really designed for this kind of load.

Whereas a horizontal stabilizer is mounted by several solid bolts, a stabilator is mounted by only the hinges.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-18-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,724
Posted By Mel
Sounds like you might have dragging brakes. ...

Sounds like you might have dragging brakes. Sometimes a master cylinder may not return to the released position when you get off the pedal. If this is the case, adding compression springs to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By Mel
I would be leery of using Duracell batteries for...

I would be leery of using Duracell batteries for a 10 year application.

I would check them visually every year at annual condition inspection,

Since Duracell moved across the pond, my experience is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-16-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,406
Posted By Mel
Very nice paint job. However, people need to...

Very nice paint job.

However, people need to be aware of "FAR 45.25(b)(2) If displayed on the fuselage surfaces, horizontally on both sides of the fuselage between the trailing edge of the wing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 642
Posted By Mel
Not sure about the -7 or -8, but I'm pretty sure...

Not sure about the -7 or -8, but I'm pretty sure that RV-4 ailerons are longer than the RV-6.
Forum: Interiors 03-12-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 723
Posted By Mel
First, registration does not need to be displayed...

First, registration does not need to be displayed in the cockpit. It's the Airworthiness Certificate that is to be displayed. The registration must be IN the aircraft, but not necessarily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,578
Posted By Mel
I'm waiting also. Typically in the past the...

I'm waiting also. Typically in the past the specials have come out around the middle of March.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 396
Posted By Mel
ANYONE can perform maintenance, repair and even...

ANYONE can perform maintenance, repair and even modifications to an experimental amateur-built aircraft.

The owner does not have to be the primary builder, but should be listed as a builder.

To...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,601
Posted By Mel
That was my first thought as well, but he...

That was my first thought as well, but he confronted the person and she told him it didn't matter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 05:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,601
Posted By Mel
Nope, it's an RV-8. The only change he's made is...

Nope, it's an RV-8. The only change he's made is the "ShowPlanes" fast-back mod.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,601
Posted By Mel
I have a friend who is trying to get a bill of...

I have a friend who is trying to get a bill of sale from Vans. He was told that he is not eligible because he did not buy "all" the kits from Vans.
This can't be right. I know lots of people who...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-08-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 774
Posted By Mel
Just My Opinion......

It is my, somewhat educated opinion, that if the canopy jettison is pulled and the latch opened, the front of the canopy will lift first, pushing against the roll bar, and departing upward as if...
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,951
Posted By Mel
The rudder is tapered both in chord and...

The rudder is tapered both in chord and thickness. If riveted on a flat table, a twist will be built in.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-07-2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 774
Posted By Mel
Yes, the handle may be "centered" on the panel. ...

Yes, the handle may be "centered" on the panel. The pushrod actually moves through an arc anyway. Over the 25+ years that I owned my -6, I found the release to be quite handy for maintenance.

As...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 865
Posted By Mel
I know that insurance has had some changes...

I know that insurance has had some changes recently, but in 1993, I registered my RV-6 as an A&M-6 and the insurance company gave me the same rates and coverage as if I had registered as RV-6.
Just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,247
Posted By Mel
An airline pilot friend of mine once spent some...

An airline pilot friend of mine once spent some time in a Mexican pokey.

He did NOT give it 4 stars!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,441
Posted By Mel
Procedure we have used successfully is 1 person...

Procedure we have used successfully is 1 person on each wingtip, 2 people lifting the tail, 2 more people in front of the plane waiting to catch tail as it comes over.

In soft sand and/or snow, we...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Mel
And.......

Don't forget the annual ELT inspection.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-28-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 991
Posted By Mel
He is talking about clearance between the rudder...

He is talking about clearance between the rudder and vertical stabilizer, not the elevator.

The trailing edge skins on the vertical stab will probably need to be trimmed. But before you do, make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By Mel
The first thing you will need to do is cancel the...

The first thing you will need to do is cancel the E-LSA registration and start over from scratch.

Hopefully you haven't turned in an 8130-6 "Application for Airworthiness". Once the application...
Forum: ADS-B 02-27-2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By Mel
WAIT..........

The stub antenna plugs into the TT22, remote transponder. Not the TN72.

The GPS, puck, antenna plugs into the TN72. I'm pretty sure you have it right. Trig made the antenna connections different...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,413
Posted By Mel
Yes, but he/she is trained to do just that. BTW,...

Yes, but he/she is trained to do just that. BTW, IA is not required.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,413
Posted By Mel
The repairman certificate is issued by the FSDO...

The repairman certificate is issued by the FSDO with a short interview. When I do a certification, I help the applicant fill out the application and issue a letter of recommendation. It's really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,413
Posted By Mel
There is no limitation on who owns the aircraft. ...

There is no limitation on who owns the aircraft. You may perform the annual condition inspection on "that" aircraft even after you have sold it. As far as "other work", Anyone may perform...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,413
Posted By Mel
There is no requirement that Phase I flight...

There is no requirement that Phase I flight testing be completed before issuance of the repairman certificate. If your inspector says otherwise, ask him/her to show you the regulation. Most...
Forum: ADS-B 02-25-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By Mel
The TT22 must have a short stub or blade antenna...

The TT22 must have a short stub or blade antenna on the bottom of the aircraft.

Antennae on top should be a GPS (puck) style, a Com antenna (should be about 21-22" long) for each VHF Com radio, and...
Forum: ADS-B 02-25-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By Mel
Maybe I'm misunderstanding something here but the...

Maybe I'm misunderstanding something here but the GPS and the transponder do NOT use the same antenna. The TT22 has its' antenna and the TN72 has its' own.

I've installed this combination in 2...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-25-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Posted By Mel
I made my doors out of aluminum. No compound...

I made my doors out of aluminum. No compound curves. This was on the RV-7 "bat-wing" tips.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,031
Posted By Mel
I think your Doctor would be your best source of...

I think your Doctor would be your best source of this kind of information.
I had prostate surgery just over a year ago, but I did not have a prostatectomy.
I just had the "rotor-rooter" job and I...
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