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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
rotating nosewheel chock - snap testing

moving this along the development phase with fatigue snap testing. this testing was more severe than normal use. I managed to reach 3000 cycles and all parts are in great condition and I will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
10.5 inch trim rudder wedge

a simple part but I'm proud of it. it's flat and smooth. this plastic is NOT affected by acetone, paint thinners or fuel and oil. proseal would be a good bonding adhesive....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-12-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm a cheap ******* that can't stand anything to...

I'm a cheap ******* that can't stand anything to go to waste if it can still be used.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-12-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Steve Melton
good, done.

good, done.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-12-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Steve Melton
SOLD AVMap with Dock

this is a rock solid GPS that I used that I am offering up before I pitch it. you pay $15 for shipping.

I switched to iFlyGPS and never looked back....
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-10-2022, 11:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Steve Melton
the weather Gods were with me on this trip as I...

the weather Gods were with me on this trip as I had tailwinds most of the time. I'm a Grandad but this trip made me feel like a kid, weird, but I like it.

take off 7:38 AM Cincy time, arrive 3:24...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-10-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Steve Melton
OK. I'll be back, I've got grandkids there. ...

OK. I'll be back, I've got grandkids there. Dona Anana was very good to me and busier than I ever remembered it. Busy, busy, busy. It must be all the oil and gas they have discovered in NM.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-08-2022, 06:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Steve Melton
Cincy - El Paso - Wichita - Cincy

on the way from El Paso to Wichita I cruised through Vance MOA at 200 kts and was worked by the Vance controller, very nice, very professional and busy.

landed Wichita and they were busy putting...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-08-2022, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Steve Melton
Cincy - El Paso - Wichita - Cincy

my favorite ocean reef fossil mountain area.... the Guadalupe and El Capitan. winds were low and I had plenty of fuel, so I flew down the West...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-08-2022, 05:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Steve Melton
Cincy - El Paso - Wichita - Cincy

these airplanes allow for good travel experiences to see family and friends....

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/route.jpg

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early morning start, I used my night light...
Forum: Safety 12-31-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,243
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, it's all in the photos. glad he survived.

yep, it's all in the photos. glad he survived.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,718
Posted By Steve Melton
mountain leeward wind side

the worst turbulence I have experienced is mountain waves on the leeward wind side 10 to 20 miles down range. it's bad when you're holding the base of both sticks and still banging your head. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
seems this hammer is made in "Rockford". a good...

seems this hammer is made in "Rockford". a good town name to make rock hammers. it also seems they have the Burpee Museum. there is another place for me to visit.

https://burpee.org/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
I like to rock

wondering where to mount this geological rock hammer so it doesn't get loose. good for breaking rocks and possibly a canopy escape tool....
Forum: Reviews 12-30-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 624
Posted By Steve Melton
in 2013 just before first flight, I decided to...

in 2013 just before first flight, I decided to update my D100 software but didn't do it correctly and burned it out. I did my first flight with my steam gauges and later Dynon fixed my D100 for...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-28-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,850
Posted By Steve Melton
I think she has a Napoleon complex. short but...

I think she has a Napoleon complex. short but mighty.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-27-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,850
Posted By Steve Melton
I like that paint job. plain white with black...

I like that paint job. plain white with black lettering. to me, it is just right. my wife made me paint the bottom of my plane blue.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,538
Posted By Steve Melton
2021

mostly local flights

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/2021.PNG
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
rotating nosewheel chock

same test with rough concrete.

1) next test is fatigue testing of the latch. need to test to 1000 pulls and snap releases.
2) need to test on a tire that has some tread grooves.
3) need to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
rotating nosewheel chock

this has been a fun project. I settled on version 25 for the fwd chock and version 24 for the aft chock as this combination had the best result on asphalt and rough concrete. the method of testing...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-20-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 982
Views: 690,139
Posted By Steve Melton
refined interior and elegant overall arrangement.

refined interior and elegant overall arrangement.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 docks

folks must be getting 760 GPS's for Christmas.... who would have ever thought we would just be printing these? I am still amazed.

in process, printing for GPSDock1...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-18-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By Steve Melton
thx for that. I am not going to connect the...

thx for that. I am not going to connect the battery to the charger unless it needs it.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-18-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By Steve Melton
looks to be the same battery

looks to be the same battery
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,228
Posted By Steve Melton
waiting

waiting to see the first half million-dollar RV-10 posted for sale. you really don't want to have your money in cash these days because you're losing every day.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
rotating nosewheel chock

version 20. evaluating the effectiveness of almost vertical ridges.

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edit: much better. too wet to get outside but indoor back-to-back testing showed 3X improvement. hey, we might have...
Forum: Safety 12-15-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,282
Posted By Steve Melton
quote in the video "out of their element, the...

quote in the video "out of their element, the flatland pilots in this tragedy"......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
rotating nosewheel chock

model version #19. I'm not in a hurry. down the rabbit hole again....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,334
Posted By Steve Melton
7 yrs ago I saw a neighbor that cracked a RV8...

7 yrs ago I saw a neighbor that cracked a RV8 canopy upon releasing the canopy after carbon fibering the roll bar. I wondered if he was going to be able to recover but he did.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2021, 05:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,938
Posted By Steve Melton
I like it.

I like it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,938
Posted By Steve Melton
I have use something similar (bug blades) for the...

I have use something similar (bug blades) for the past 4 years, but I usually take them off in the Winter because of icing concerns. I'm not sure if my concern is valid.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
2.5 inch air dams

interesting front to back hottest CHT reversal between 4500 vs 8500 ft, same MP. climb from 4500 to 8500 ft max CHT = 370F at 87 kts. date for these is actually 12-12-2021 and same 50 percent ACOC...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 950
Posted By Steve Melton
Ohio has some nice sunsets but not as good as...

Ohio has some nice sunsets but not as good as Kansas!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
rotating nosewheel chock

still working on the rotating nosewheel chock that will not blow away in the wind. I had good luck with the prototype nosewheel chock in Kansas. I added some side bumpers and recontoured the raised...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,829
Posted By Steve Melton
at least Van's should update their best practices...

at least Van's should update their best practices design manual and stop doing this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,829
Posted By Steve Melton
well, yours will probably not be the last. ...

well, yours will probably not be the last. cylinders are expensive.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,829
Posted By Steve Melton
is this per the plans? best practice is not to...

is this per the plans? best practice is not to use rivets downstream of the air filter for this reason.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
this style doesn't work well for the RV8. the...

this style doesn't work well for the RV8. the aft edge of the rudder is more vertical than some other models and the rolled trailing edge has a lot of thickness variation between aircraft.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-10-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,512
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, in trim is the best condition for low fuel...

yep, in trim is the best condition for low fuel condition. do a complete checkout of the fuel system to understand the real fuel exhaustion limit. I always land with at least 1 hr remaining in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,022
Posted By Steve Melton
looks like a nice build with attention to detail....

looks like a nice build with attention to detail. interesting nose wheel strut to cowl intersection fairing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
Elevator Gust Lock .125 inch web

fit check to the right hand side. my fairing gap is less on this side, .180 vs .235 on the opposite side, but still fits fine. this fairing also has the recessed back area. I don't plan on using...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
2.5 inch stealth air dams

Black stealth air dams. you need to get a light to see them. thru the falling snow they see something in the cowl inlet but they are not sure of it. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 11:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,005
Posted By Steve Melton
could a mounting screw fastener come in contact...

could a mounting screw fastener come in contact with the shunt? the lower hole looks rough.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By Steve Melton
maybe I'm sensitive to battery capacity drop and...

maybe I'm sensitive to battery capacity drop and it would go longer until it completely failed but I don't want that. I only charge it when it's cold and it is on a two-hour timer that I call before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,758
Posted By Steve Melton
open cabin heat

when I open cabin heat to half I get some preheat air coming thru to the cabin. call your airplane a couple of hours ahead to get preheat going and it will be nicer when you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
2.0 inch wide air dams

today's data. I'm still thinking about it.

it was fine in the climb. perhaps I need to go to 2.5 inch wide. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
Elevator Gust Lock

I currently make these in two web thickness sizes, thin (.068 inch) and thick (.098 inch). I use the thick version and noticed I had a crack in the web after 3 years of use. this summer I decided...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-07-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By Steve Melton
Concorde battery charger

I use Concorde battery RG-25XC but I only get 3 yrs out of these. my latest battery made it to 3.5 yrs. it's probably down to 80-85%. starts easily if the engine is warm but when colder I detect a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-07-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By Steve Melton
nice plane! she is looking at the...

nice plane! she is looking at the sky.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Airworthiness-Received/i-QXwQTm8/0/fdd8b649/L/20211203_081137-L.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
Bigger air dams

it's getting colder so I am increasing the size of my cowl inlet air dams to be 2-inch width. tomorrow morning should be cold enough for a test. these are printed completely hollow, like a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 736
Posted By Steve Melton
it nice to see the look, when the light comes on,...

it nice to see the look, when the light comes on, as neurons connect.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-05-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 223,674
Posted By Steve Melton
1971 JT-60 for me. I learned early how to...

1971 JT-60 for me. I learned early how to quickly clean spark plugs. I was commenting to a friend today that we come across some machinery in our lifetimes that we really enjoy and make an...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-05-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,348
Posted By Steve Melton
I suspect a fatigue crack grew from the bolt hole...

I suspect a fatigue crack grew from the bolt hole threaded area. you probably had this crack for awhile and this just happened to be when it had grown large enough to fail. starters work harder on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
Loft - just beginning organization

it's taken me awhile to begin to get the loft organized.... getting started. loft's are better as Winter projects.

there is not much headroom and I found that rolling around on a chair makes it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
upgraded to stainless screws

upgraded to stainless screws for the sportif Winter look. actually, AN hardware is stronger, but these look better and I don't need AN strength for these. going for the fashion statement!

inlet...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-04-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, but who is the fleet time leader for the...

yeah, but who is the fleet time leader for the RV9?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-04-2021, 07:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,973
Posted By Steve Melton
I wondered the same. this appears to be a sliding...

I wondered the same. this appears to be a sliding surface. would grease be beneficial to prevent wear?

I would never put grease between two bolted flanges because a properly designed bolted flange...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By Steve Melton
tastes like Vienna Coffee Ice Cream from Graeters!

tastes like Vienna Coffee Ice Cream from Graeters!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,758
Posted By Steve Melton
I made this 4 yrs ago and still going strong. I...

I made this 4 yrs ago and still going strong. I brought it down from the loft today. a couple options for heat source....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By Steve Melton
only avgas

only avgas
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2021, 04:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,840
Posted By Steve Melton
clean oil, I'm impressed

engine 980 hrs, 30 hrs since oil change. the oil stays cleaner than I would have expected.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20211203_124417.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,973
Posted By Steve Melton
I like it.

I like it.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-01-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Posted By Steve Melton
humm, I think I measured the travel a long time...

humm, I think I measured the travel a long time ago but can't remember what it was.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 2,023
Views: 646,695
Posted By Steve Melton
14A Tow Bar Brackets first time in Red

the color for these is nice. they should add some flare to the baggage area. the color should go well with the Bogi-Bar.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/DSCN5496.JPG
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