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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, and relatively inexpensive.

yep, and relatively inexpensive.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Steve Melton
no. I simply could not make it any bigger with my...

no. I simply could not make it any bigger with my arrangement. it gives me about 40 RPM delta.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By Steve Melton
3M Scotchguard every couple of years does...

3M Scotchguard every couple of years does wonders. I use Bruce's cover.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I now cut mine down from 4 to 2 inches. ...

yep, I now cut mine down from 4 to 2 inches. it's not the prettiest approach and will not win any beauty contests but it works.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Steve Melton
Condition inspection

900 hr findings....

torque on one fwd vertical stab bolt (under fairing) torque was ~15 in-lb. should have been 25 in-lb. tightened.

all other bolts and fittings had good torque.

I found a 50...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Steve Melton
Condition inspection

fuel screens / filters..... I have four of them. after checking these multiple times over the years and not finding anything significant and this year was the same, nothing. I thought I would try...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Steve Melton
Condition inspection

oil change, I needed to clean up after this oil change. I used one paper towel. I did make a bigger mess when I checked the lower oil pump screen....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By Steve Melton
Condition Inspection at 900 hrs - rambling

I don't like unscheduled maintenance but I don't mind scheduled maintenance. Especially if you have nice weather and we have had a very nice cool Spring in Ohio. I schedule my condition inspection...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 06:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By Steve Melton
I do the same with my RV9. I use cheap vinyl...

I do the same with my RV9. I use cheap vinyl tape. It keeps the rain out when flying.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,670
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-9A ceiling listed as 18.5K. I've been to 21K...

RV-9A ceiling listed as 18.5K. I've been to 21K fully loaded with Christmas gifts and it was going strong. I believe I could have easily made 25K.

Edit: the plane could have made it but not the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-12-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,503
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, not allowed in a jet engine flow path as...

yep, not allowed in a jet engine flow path as well. good words. :)
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-10-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm responding to this because several years ago...

I'm responding to this because several years ago I landed there and told the Ground Controller to send me to any FBO with avgas. So he gave me three options and I choose Million Air but after that...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-09-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,373
Posted By Steve Melton
the basement laundry room build.... when there is...

the basement laundry room build.... when there is a will, there is a way.

I really like this photo.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/qq197/N666BK/10_years_ago_-_1(1).jpeg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-09-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,918
Posted By Steve Melton
that artwork is so deep it's hurts my brain. I...

that artwork is so deep it's hurts my brain. I like it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,635
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm glad it wasn't a canopy strike. most bird...

I'm glad it wasn't a canopy strike. most bird strikes happen below 1000 AGL. that's a good reason to climb at Vy to at least 1000 ft AGL and to slow it down when descending before 1000 AGL. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,616
Posted By Steve Melton
the last show, before Covid, was rain early in...

the last show, before Covid, was rain early in the show. we arrived on Wednesday and flew right in and had plenty of parking. watch the weather, a mid-week arrival can be really good as some folks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,917
Posted By Steve Melton
bugs

I've been using this same set for the past 3 yrs. and going on my 4th season. pop them on in the Spring and remove in the Winter. these are for the standard RV angled vents. squeeze fore and aft...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-23-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By Steve Melton
I also have four of these to give away. you pay...

I also have four of these to give away. you pay shipping.

*****

they are gone!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 674
Posted By Steve Melton
best photo I have

you can see the five runs of vertical black pipe thru the back glass. there are a total of three drains, one at the bottom of each loop. the first drain catches most of it but they all catch some. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 914
Posted By Steve Melton
for beginners.... say this to yourself "DO NOT...

for beginners.... say this to yourself "DO NOT watch this" before you do anything because you know it could be wrong.

why? because the enthusiasm is similar to the saying "hold my beer and watch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,497
Posted By Steve Melton
first time I've heard "buy a trophy" but I like...

first time I've heard "buy a trophy" but I like it. I am with others, what about an award for the guy who does his own?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-18-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By Steve Melton
yep. I used double clamps and flared the tube...

yep. I used double clamps and flared the tube end slightly. I haven't touched it since new in 900 hrs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By Steve Melton
We counted the RV's flying and under construction...

We counted the RV's flying and under construction at HAO a couple days ago. the number we tallied was 19. we need to get together for a HAO RV photo. Greg Morrow may contact you for info for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2021, 04:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,457
Posted By Steve Melton
I have one like this but I don't remember who...

I have one like this but I don't remember who made it. I've tested it and it works fine but I've never needed to use it in the field. I cut some foam, nested the pieces and placed it in the baggage...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-11-2021, 05:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,392
Posted By Steve Melton
On occasion I have had a hot start problem with a...

On occasion I have had a hot start problem with a carb. my solution is to pull the mixture half way out and then it will start almost immediately.
Forum: Safety 04-10-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 599
Posted By Steve Melton
OK, I understand. I was also thinking about...

OK, I understand. I was also thinking about something like this for my magnetic fuel cap covers. they blow off at around 40 kts. they are OK for most conditions but not severe conditions and...
Forum: Safety 04-10-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 599
Posted By Steve Melton
why did you do this?

why did you do this?
Forum: The RV Grin 03-30-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 872
Posted By Steve Melton
that is a nice photo!

that is a nice photo!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-29-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 708
Posted By Steve Melton
those are cowl inlet air dams. they block...

those are cowl inlet air dams. they block cooling air going into the engine and allow for even CHT's. I flew with these all Winter. they were removed yesterday because it's warming now.

also, the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-28-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 708
Posted By Steve Melton
AT-205 on engine mounts

So, I was spraying my daughter's car suspension system with AT-205 and I thought about my engine mount turning a dusty white so I sprayed them too. I don't know if that will get me to 3000 hrs on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
OK. makes sense. no more food photos. also, I...

OK. makes sense. no more food photos.

also, I quit facebook about a year ago and my life is better. I will clean up my act here.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
Amy's cheese pizza

Hangar pizza. I am posting this because it was really good and received a big thumbs up from my neighbors, Amy's cheese pizza, $6. my deli and frozen pizza ranking list is growing. tomorrow is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,114
Posted By Steve Melton
Probably a lot of folks will be traveling next...

Probably a lot of folks will be traveling next week and I am one of them. try break it down and assess each risk and have some mitigation.

1. Weather - set your personal minimums and do not fly if...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-25-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,398
Posted By Steve Melton
I blow right by my neighbors Glastar with his 360...

I blow right by my neighbors Glastar with his 360 and I am off the ground faster also.
Forum: The RV Grin 03-25-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 460
Posted By Steve Melton
nice. my grandmother was a "Mema" also, an...

nice. my grandmother was a "Mema" also, an Oklahoma and Arkansas gal. she passed at age 94 but was always the life of the party.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By Steve Melton
I use 74 micron before the pump and it's the...

I use 74 micron before the pump and it's the large screen surface area size.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
hangar pizza

I am testing a $100 pizza oven (used) in the hangar. it takes one hour to get to temperature so you can't be in a hurry. I hadn't had a deli made or frozen pizza in probably 30 years so I am...
Forum: Safety 03-23-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,497
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow. that guy missed attaching the wing strut...

Wow. that guy missed attaching the wing strut bolts. I'm sure he thought they were properly connected.

Once you have everything assembled properly, the less disassembly you do the better.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 05:02 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
it is stiff and will not flex in flight.

it is stiff and will not flex in flight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

Comments from Ryan Marshall for the test fit.

"The antenna cover fits like a glove. I think the only thing I would change is to make the mounting holes less deep, just enough for an an 525 screw....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 07:12 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
weight reduction

the half marathon races are on again. 2019 year, some guy from Japan set a good time. in order to win this race (for my age bracket) I need to loose 14 lb but I have six months to do it. the...
Forum: Safety 03-22-2021, 05:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,497
Posted By Steve Melton
agree, that was a serious condition.

agree, that was a serious condition.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2021, 11:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,745
Posted By Steve Melton
I have no Molex connectors in my aircraft. None.

I have no Molex connectors in my aircraft. None.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
it is better to keep it low profile.

it is better to keep it low profile.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
too thin, can't do it. it needs to be as thin as...

too thin, can't do it. it needs to be as thin as possible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
Walt, tell me your preferred location and I will...

Walt, tell me your preferred location and I will adjust the model to that exact location. give me some dimensions to lock in the perfect position for these. I'll send you a couple these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 06:58 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
Bicycle

When your wife hasn't ridden her bike in 10 years but has a strong emotional attachment and says she made ride it any day now so it needs to have quick access....and you are trying to declutter, what...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2021, 04:04 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,745
Posted By Steve Melton
one thing is certain, bad wiring and connectors...

one thing is certain, bad wiring and connectors will always come back to bite you.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-19-2021, 03:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,058
Posted By Steve Melton
the 9A will continue to grow in it's popularity...

the 9A will continue to grow in it's popularity because it is an honest bird, easy to fly and does a lot of things well.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-18-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,546
Posted By Steve Melton
not an 8, but years ago I bought them for my 9...

not an 8, but years ago I bought them for my 9 and they were spot on. they are still installed and in very good shape.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
Aileron Gust Lock

several of these are being shipped as of late so beware that they can and will kill you if you do not remove them before flight.

1. the aileron gust lock is only required on one side to secure...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-16-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,513
Posted By Steve Melton
beautiful! when I see photos like this my mind...

beautiful! when I see photos like this my mind wanders to the eons of time it took to whittle away the land features and then I feel really small and very brief. all photos saved to my computer for...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-16-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,365
Posted By Steve Melton
metallic pearl paint also seems to last forever. ...

metallic pearl paint also seems to last forever. not sure why.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
send me a sketch of your concept and I'll take a...

send me a sketch of your concept and I'll take a look at it. thx, Steve
Forum: Painting your RV 03-16-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,365
Posted By Steve Melton
I think their name is something unique like...

I think their name is something unique like "Aircraft Painters", or something like that. Call the FBO at KBFR and they will give you their phone number. I was just the escort pilot.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2021, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
RV8 GA35 antenna aft fuse mount

with interior piece for bolting parallel surfaces. I don't believe an alum doubler is needed for this small antenna. drill the skin, bolt it up and you're done. when you drill the skin, firstly...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-15-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,913
Posted By Steve Melton
appears to be high quality work!

appears to be high quality work!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-15-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,408
Posted By Steve Melton
great photos! if you want to get away from it...

great photos! if you want to get away from it all.... there it is.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
step 1. make a RV8 skin. actually that is step...

step 1. make a RV8 skin.

actually that is step 2.. step 1 was to run 4 miles.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap1(14).PNG

*****

step 2. make a GA35 pattern and place...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
hangar

still cleaning but starting to look better. the safety rail is going in next. my brother is working the sound system for the dance floor. he said a sub woofer is a must have. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I think I could do that.

yep, I think I could do that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

first print is good. passes dimensional inspection but needs a test fit to an antenna. I don't have one....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 531,057
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

this is the best I could do with this one. to be secured with AN3 bolts. cutting the sides minimizes frontal area and allows antenna rods to clear....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,740
Posted By Steve Melton
normal. it's doesn't get hot back there.

normal. it's doesn't get hot back there.
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