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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,476
Posted By Mel
Hi-temp RTV is not THAT Hi-temp.

Hi-temp RTV is not THAT Hi-temp.
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 672
Posted By Mel
Years ago I added steps to my RV-6 because Ann &...

Years ago I added steps to my RV-6 because Ann & I are both short and old!

I did not use Van's step. I made my own out of steel "wing strut" material brought straight out just behind the flap. No...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,849
Posted By Mel
I believe that should be credited to Bill Engvall.

I believe that should be credited to Bill Engvall.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-11-2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,593
Posted By Mel
Like Walt says, the MA4SPA is for the O-320. The...

Like Walt says, the MA4SPA is for the O-320. The O-360 uses MA4-5. The -5 is a larger carb.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,216
Posted By Mel
Personally I would never cut lead with a power...

Personally I would never cut lead with a power tool. A hacksaw takes longer but does not send nearly the contaminants into the air that a power tool does.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,800
Posted By Mel
To perform a "ramp check", the FAA representative...

To perform a "ramp check", the FAA representative must observe the airplane in flight or being prepared to make a flight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,800
Posted By Mel
Negative.....Being a pilot has nothing to do with...

Negative.....Being a pilot has nothing to do with building and certificating an aircraft. The FAA representative should not ask you anything about flying the aircraft.
Only about the building...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,800
Posted By Mel
More important than asking questions is the way...

More important than asking questions is the way you answer theirs. Answer all questions honestly in as few words as possible. Do NOT elaborate!
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-08-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,001
Posted By Mel
Nah, If you're going for sound, you need the...

Nah, If you're going for sound, you need the "start-up' sound of a big honking radial!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 768
Posted By Mel
Yep!!! Totally correct. Sorry, I overlooked the...

Yep!!! Totally correct. Sorry, I overlooked the make & model.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 768
Posted By Mel
As rockwoodrv9 said, After the finish kit is...

As rockwoodrv9 said, After the finish kit is sent, Vans will provide a "kit" bill of sale.
The serial number will be your "builder number" supplied with the empennage kit. You should find it on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,305
Posted By Mel
I'm missing something........

Not quite sure I understand this logic. If the base station has a weak transmitter or high VSWR on the antenna it would create this scenario.

Does the aircraft receive weak signals from other...
Forum: RV-15 09-05-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 27,796
Posted By Mel
Ah-Ha! See?,,,Still more evidence that recently...

Ah-Ha! See?,,,Still more evidence that recently released photos of the "RV-5" are actually Spy photos of the RV-15!

"You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the...
Forum: RV-14 09-05-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,372
Posted By Mel
I might add to Stein's video that if you stagger...

I might add to Stein's video that if you stagger the pins, you will get a smaller footprint.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-04-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By Mel
Just for clarification; top inside of door is...

Just for clarification; top inside of door is acceptable for the Experimental Placard, but not the Passenger Warning.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-04-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By Mel
From your operating limitations....

Except for single-place aircraft, the following placard must be displayed in the aircraft in full view of all occupants[/B]: “PASSENGER WARNING - THIS AIRCRAFT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FEDERAL SAFETY...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
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Views: 1,268
Posted By Mel
No! These are actually "spy" pictures of the -15....

No! These are actually "spy" pictures of the -15. Remember they said "high wing"?

Well, a shoulder wing is higher than any other RV.
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-03-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,001
Posted By Mel
Why did you leave out the -9? It would be more...

Why did you leave out the -9? It would be more practical than the -12.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-02-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,840
Posted By Mel
Careful what you ask for. Their answer will...

Careful what you ask for. Their answer will probably be an extension cord!
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-01-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 714
Posted By Mel
The aircraft you are talking about were...

The aircraft you are talking about were certificated as ELSA during the time that 2 seat ultralights were able to be grandfathered into ELSA. During this time a LOT of "rule stretching" was going...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-01-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,840
Posted By Mel
The problem, at least from my side, is not engine...

The problem, at least from my side, is not engine compatibility, but availability at airports.
Forum: RV-15 08-29-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 27,796
Posted By Mel
Until the spring thaw!

Until the spring thaw!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,542
Posted By Mel
Ah...The good ol' days.......

when airplanes didn't have dual brakes and lawyers weren't advertising on TV every 10 minutes..."Call me and we'll get you EVERYTHING YOU DESERVE."

The society we live in today is quite different.
Forum: RV-15 08-28-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,411
Posted By Mel
How are you accomplishing this? Many of us want...

How are you accomplishing this? Many of us want to know.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,418
Posted By Mel
Read 91.205. It starts out stating that it...

Read 91.205. It starts out stating that it applies to "Standard" certificated aircraft only. Experimental Amateur-Built are issued "Special" airworthiness certificates in the "Experimental"...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-27-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,113
Posted By Mel
Another vote for GRT. I had a GRT Sport-EX in my...

Another vote for GRT. I had a GRT Sport-EX in my RV-6 and loved it. I'm installing dual Sport-EXs in my current project. Yes some of their documentation is confusing, but anytime I've had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,542
Posted By Mel
Please rethink this..........

RV-4 is NOT a good selection for primary instruction. For primary instruction you will need COMPLETE dual controls. Most RV-4s do not have rear cockpit rudder pedals, and even the ones that do, do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 06:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,163
Posted By Mel
I like pie!

I like pie!
Forum: RV-10 08-26-2021, 06:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,504
Posted By Mel
Not sure where this information is coming from,...

Not sure where this information is coming from, but this is a "flight" issue and has nothing to do with the eligibility of the aircraft to meet 21.191(g). The DAR may caution you that it may not...
Forum: RV-15 08-26-2021, 05:54 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 27,796
Posted By Mel
Looks more like a Chia Pet to me!

Looks more like a Chia Pet to me!
Forum: Rocket 08-22-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,429
Posted By Mel
Lifting by the engine mount is fine and done on a...

Lifting by the engine mount is fine and done on a regular basis. Just be sure to lift by the mount and not the engine itself. You don't want to place strain on the isolation mounts.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,700
Posted By Mel
PM sent...........

PM sent...........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 23,755
Posted By Mel
Small Correction.....

That would be ASOD.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,700
Posted By Mel
Not sure I understand your purpose for using the...

Not sure I understand your purpose for using the RV-12 design for your mission.

I think your needs far exceed the design limitations of the RV-12. The RV-12 was specifically designed around the...
Forum: RV-10 08-16-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,129
Posted By Mel
I recommend cutting the vents at an angle towards...

I recommend cutting the vents at an angle towards the front as per the plans. Even though ram air is not necessary, a cut that is square and/or slightly angled to the rear, can have a venturi effect...
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,841
Posted By Mel
Actually in early 1993 we did spin test in my -6....

Actually in early 1993 we did spin test in my -6. We found that after about 1 1/2 turns, the spin rate increased quite rapidly and recovery took about 1 1/2 turns.
We did 6 turns each...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-14-2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,724
Posted By Mel
Shouldn't that be "unlimited service life"? ...

Shouldn't that be "unlimited service life"? Sorry, couldn't resist!
Forum: RV-15 08-13-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 27,796
Posted By Mel
As would 4 seats side-by-side. That is unless...

As would 4 seats side-by-side. That is unless you had twin fuselages!

I think we can discount both of these scenarios.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mel
This works fine. Before we got our race car...

This works fine. Before we got our race car scales our EAA Chapter used a home made version of them. BUT..You need to remember that any error in the scales is multiplied by the length of the lever...
Forum: RV-15 08-12-2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,411
Posted By Mel
For this type of airplane cup holders would have...

For this type of airplane cup holders would have to be on a gimbal.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,888
Posted By Mel
I very seriously doubt that you will see a...

I very seriously doubt that you will see a discernible speed change. And you will need to add a tail strobe.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-10-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,888
Posted By Mel
I did this on my -6 many years ago. I saw...

I did this on my -6 many years ago. I saw absolutely no change in flight characteristics or performance. I changed to the bat-wing tips.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 824
Posted By Mel
Typically the first inspection by a tech...

Typically the first inspection by a tech counselor, A&P, or experienced builder should be done before the first assembly is closed up. This allows the inspector to evaluate you workmanship on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 741
Posted By Mel
I have 4. One in each of my vehicles, one in the...

I have 4. One in each of my vehicles, one in the shop, and one in the kitchen.

I plan to keep one in the airplane, but would not use it in flight. Once you start it, you would be immersed in a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,113
Posted By Mel
Yep........

I love GRT, and Bob is on my speed dial.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-06-2021, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,074
Posted By Mel
During the airshow, the taxiway is remarked as a...

During the airshow, the taxiway is remarked as a runway.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-05-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,339
Posted By Mel
As has been said, it can be a good deal, but you...

As has been said, it can be a good deal, but you need to know what you are looking at.
The engine I put in my RV-6 came from a Beechcraft Sport that was flipped over in a wind storm. The Sport was...
Forum: Propellers 08-04-2021, 04:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By Mel
Negative.......

Your operating limitations should state that you must submit a new 8130-6 if changing a fixed-pitch to or from a controllable propeller. A ground adjustable prop is NOT considered "controllable". ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-04-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 957
Posted By Mel
But if you notice, the F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35,...

But if you notice, the F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35, etc. are so ashamed of that nose wheel that they "hide" it shortly after take-off.
Forum: RV-15 08-01-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 27,796
Posted By Mel
Times Change.......

But few people were into STOL back then as they are now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By Mel
The radio in my shop is permanently tuned to both...

The radio in my shop is permanently tuned to both kinds of music...........Country & Western!
Forum: RV-15 07-30-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,878
Posted By Mel
There should be no performance penalty for pulled...

There should be no performance penalty for pulled rivets. The only performance penalty would be if round head rivets are used instead of flush. And even then, the speed penalty wouldn't be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,087
Posted By Mel
I'm also 5'4" and have flown most all RV models. ...

I'm also 5'4" and have flown most all RV models. It's all done with seat cushions.
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,878
Posted By Mel
Pulled rivets are heavier, more expensive,...

Pulled rivets are heavier, more expensive, typically not as strong, and make assembly easier. If the aircraft is designed for pulled rivets, then strength is not a factor.

As a rule, solid rivets...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-26-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 25,020
Posted By Mel
Don't forget the term "Total Performance" was...

Don't forget the term "Total Performance" was coined around RV-3s, -4s, & -6s with fixed pitch, wood props.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,179
Posted By Mel
Technically for E-AB, NO INSTRUMENTS are required...

Technically for E-AB, NO INSTRUMENTS are required for daytime VFR. Part 91.205 only applies, per operating limitations, to Night and/or IFR operations.

Now, What is prudent is totally a different...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-25-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 25,020
Posted By Mel
The first thing I notice in this picture is there...

The first thing I notice in this picture is there is no 15A.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,740
Posted By Mel
Remove it early on. Vans has always recommended...

Remove it early on. Vans has always recommended this. There is a very reasonable chance for corrosion to form under it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By Mel
It's very common. I've seen quite a bit of...

It's very common. I've seen quite a bit of misalignment of trailing edges without causing any roll tendency. It's your call whether you prefer the counterbalance horns or the trailing edges to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,380
Posted By Mel
The FAA Registration office in Oklahoma City...

The FAA Registration office in Oklahoma City does, and has always given top priority to initial Aircraft registrations.
Forum: RV-14 07-19-2021, 04:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,499
Posted By Mel
This! But don't forget to check ALL connections....

This! But don't forget to check ALL connections. Ground to engine, ground to firewall, "+" to battery, "+" to starter, and ALL connections between the "+" battery post
and the "-" battery post.
Forum: Safety 07-19-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,131
Posted By Mel
When I mow my airport, I have a handheld radio...

When I mow my airport, I have a handheld radio with earplug. I can hear traffic just fine.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-19-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By Mel
Obviously you want as small a hole as you can get...

Obviously you want as small a hole as you can get by with. But remember, it doesn't take much trash to stop up a 1/8" hole. If you do use a 1/8" hole, inspect and clean it out regularly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 896
Posted By Mel
The Passenger Warning placard needs to be visible...

The Passenger Warning placard needs to be visible to all occupants during flight.
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