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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 484
Posted By Steve Melton
30 thousand yrs ago a man in a cave said I can do...

30 thousand yrs ago a man in a cave said I can do that better if I make a tool.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 06:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 484
Posted By Steve Melton
this jig makes sense. nice.

this jig makes sense. nice.
Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 10:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 901
Posted By Steve Melton
I hope they were wrong about the fuel because if...

I hope they were wrong about the fuel because if so, that stigma will be with him for the rest of his life.

never trust your fuel gauges. calculate the fuel burn by time in the air and always land...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By Steve Melton
not a record, I am sure some nosewheels have gone...

not a record, I am sure some nosewheels have gone farther. this is testing of the wear characteristics for the mains now. the goal is to make the right hand side tire look like the left hand side...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,868
Posted By Steve Melton
why do the temperature conversion, just listen to...

why do the temperature conversion, just listen to the ASOS and look at your OAT reading to verify your system is working correctly. keep it simple.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 06:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, I might do that after awhile but first I...

yeah, I might do that after awhile but first I want to understand if landing on the right hand side tire first shifts the wear to that tire. I am thinking that the first wheel down has the job of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-24-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By Steve Melton
I may have realized something today

My left main is worn more than my right main tire. I typically land RW 29 with wind from my left so it's natural that my left main comes down first. the question I had is why the left tire is worn...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2021, 03:07 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
no, it does not fit the longer fuel tester. it...

no, it does not fit the longer fuel tester. it is only for the ASA short fuel tester.

I think the original design was on the right track with the cap design because it creates a larger diameter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
ASA short fuel tester - dropped by Sporty's

I see the ASA short fuel tester has been dropped by Sporty's Pilot Shop so I picked up a few to offer in a bundle. Folks were having problems breaking the drain rod. Hopefully, this new cap will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,868
Posted By Steve Melton
I like to check my OAT reading and compare it to...

I like to check my OAT reading and compare it to ASOS during taxi. ASOS reports in Celcius. Our home thermostat is set to Celcius. the 3D printer temps are also Celcius. Alexia reports temps...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
these will easily withstand a fwd 9g crash...

these will easily withstand a fwd 9g crash loading and will probably be able to withstand double that. higher tow bar location is better for access when the baggage compartment is loaded. if there...
Forum: Reviews 09-23-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Posted By Steve Melton
roller bearing installed since new. no shimmy...

roller bearing installed since new. no shimmy since day one. I believe the tapered bearing is overkill for that small castoring nose wheel and creates issues.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-bar tow bar mount

RV14 Bogi-bar tow bar mounted to the uppermost position, the best location in my opinion. I needed to extended the upper flange of the upper bracket because the hole spacing of the the uppermost...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-21-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By Steve Melton
negative, I am flying on but I will make it a...

negative, I am flying on but I will make it a point to touch on the RHS main tire first for awhile.

https://youtu.be/4wTdgAJwdV4 good shoulder pop at 2:27
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-21-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By Steve Melton
nosewheel - going to 1200 hrs

anti-splat nosewheel at 1000 hrs. - revised change, it's now planned to go to 1200 hrs.

approximately 350 hrs on the mains. air pressure on the mains = 50 psi. air pressure on the nose = 55 psi. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,868
Posted By Steve Melton
but nobody knows what it means anymore. move to...

but nobody knows what it means anymore. move to Celcius.

100C = boiling
40C = hot weather
23C = nice weather
15C = standard day weather
0C = freezing
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,868
Posted By Steve Melton
why the heck are you reading OAT temperature in...

why the heck are you reading OAT temperature in Fahrenheit? it's been Celcius for a looooong time now. looks like a good trip.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,179
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, finding a loose screw will give you...

yeah, finding a loose screw will give you heartburn. understand the concern.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
fuel sump test cap - results

some more photos. this tester stores in the mount. I made this mount about 2 years ago. I cycle it about 10 times each time I visit the hangar. it probably has 3000 cycles by now and is like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2021, 08:07 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
fuel sump test cap - results

the functional test of the drain cap went well. it did not have any splatter or mess and was perfectly clean. the cap is a good fit and stable in use. the finger test surpassed my expectations in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-20-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,630
Posted By Steve Melton
I like a little oil on my belly because I know...

I like a little oil on my belly because I know it's alive and breathing. try the wash wax for grease. spray it on, wait 5 minutes, wipe it off. 10 minute job. I do it twice a year.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2021, 04:30 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
Fuel sump tester cap

corrected the draft angle on this and improved the flow contour hopefully to reduce splatter. changed the locking tabs from 4 to 2 and increased the thickness slightly. I will test it today with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 02:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,002
Posted By Steve Melton
still using my original spark plug copper...

still using my original spark plug copper gaskets, annealed on a hot plate. I just can't stand waste.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
I ate a full pizza the night before the half...

I ate a full pizza the night before the half marathon in the Smokies trying to carb-load. I regretted it the next day. I felt it was a dough ball in my stomach. Lesson learned, for carb-loading...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, if it drains OK with low splatter during...

yes, if it drains OK with low splatter during testing I will put it there so test tubes can be returned to service.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
Fuel sump tester cap

the stem on the cap will not be breaking again. now it is stainless steel. I tried to break it on a test piece but was not able to, it flexes and then comes back, but it is stiff. it snaps on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
headset mount - dual lock

I removed the failed side of the dual lock and reapplied some fresh dual lock to the headset mount surface (the previous dual lock was 4.5 yrs old before application). before applying the fresh dual...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
fuel test cap

I managed to snap my fuel test cap stem so I thought I would try to make that better. since it is exposed to fuel the plastic needs to be PETG that is fuel resistant. I will use a metal stem for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
the nice thing about the dual lock is that you...

the nice thing about the dual lock is that you can separate the dual lock and apply a fresh piece to the mount side and reattach the dual lock. I'll start the test again with a 1 year old, but still...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
R14A BogiBar Tow Bar Brackets

R14A BogiBar Tow Bar Brackets test fit went well. thx Bruce for helping me with this test fit on an in process RV14. the bar should have been installed one ridge higher to have ease for access when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
headset mount adhesive failure

on 10/1/2020, about a year ago, I mounted a headset mount using 3M dual lock adhesive as a test to as printed plastic. the adhesive was 4.5 years old and had been sitting on a shelf in my hangar. a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-16-2021, 04:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By Steve Melton
ah, the beautiful country and people, and with...

ah, the beautiful country and people, and with the best food in the world!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-bar mount

I shifted the copilot side brackets outwards to have a fit that will allow clearance from the tow bar to aft bulkhead. no scratches allowed. needs a test...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,633
Posted By Steve Melton
Knoxville - beautiful time there

my wife and I were impressed with Knoxville this weekend. the downtown airport was great (an island). we went there to run the Smokey Mountain Half Marathon.

my plan was:
1. fly there
2. win the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
R14 Tow Bar Brackets

after simulating the tow bar installation in the brackets I believe the best option is to simply adjust the two left side brackets outward and fit them to the bar. this will prevent scratching the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,024
Posted By Steve Melton
he probably needs a couple ramp checks a month to...

he probably needs a couple ramp checks a month to meet his quota. it's going to be a "twofer".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-Bar

needed for the design space, a full mock up. we don't want any scratches to the baggage bulkhead.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap4(5).PNG
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2021, 05:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 534
Posted By Steve Melton
get a piece of paper and calculate it by hand. ...

get a piece of paper and calculate it by hand. then you really know. don't rely on some internet software unless you know it has truly been vetted and you have that same version.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-07-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 1,187,474
Posted By Steve Melton
00000000h: 48 65 6C 6C 6F 20 57 6F 72 6C 64 21 09...

00000000h: 48 65 6C 6C 6F 20 57 6F 72 6C 64 21 09 0D 0A 61
00000010h: 6E 64 20 68 65 6C 6C 6F 20 74 6F 20 79 6F 75 21
00000020h: 20 20 79 6F 75 20 61 72 65 20 6C 6F 6F 6B 69 6E
00000030h: 67 20 76...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-07-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 959
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow, I never heard of this one on an RV. ...

Wow, I never heard of this one on an RV. Software complexity?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
Amanda is still taking care of her fish and buys...

Amanda is still taking care of her fish and buys some from time to time at the grocery store. She really has her nose in the books these days and doing some other work. I only hope that when she...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I will look at the 10 again once the 14 is...

yep, I will look at the 10 again once the 14 is resolved.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-bar mount

well, this didn't work. again I am reminded to create the entire design space and no short cuts. back to the drawing board....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
RV10 BogiBar Tow Bar Brackets

still looking at the optimum drilled holes position but I think it may be doable. the mfg department printed the RV-14 brackets well so these will be similar.

I will add a brass nut insert for a...
Forum: GPS 09-05-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By Steve Melton
copy the complete card **** the nice thing...

copy the complete card

****

the nice thing about the iFly is that it is readable in very bright conditions. I think it is the brightest screen available.

the dock is in "as new condition". the...
Forum: GPS 09-05-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By Steve Melton
I use iFly connect and copy new data files to an...

I use iFly connect and copy new data files to an SD card and then install the card at the airport. you will be able to upload the new data to another card only if the old card has a copy of existing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 596
Posted By Steve Melton
I think you summed it up well. happy 20th!

I think you summed it up well. happy 20th!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
headset controller mount

the question has come up several times so I thought I would post a photo. how to attach a headset controller mount to a tube? not that we do that here but some may have wondered about the hole...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-03-2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,351
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, on finished working airplanes it seems it's...

yes, on finished working airplanes it seems it's all about the engine and gear maintenance. keep those in good shape.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
they will probably sell just one arm for less. ...

they will probably sell just one arm for less. and BTW, their on center clamp design is better than the off center design.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,351
Posted By Steve Melton
and yet cavemen still today run around...

and yet cavemen still today run around continually tightening jam nuts.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,351
Posted By Steve Melton
no manual, just physics.

no manual, just physics.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,351
Posted By Steve Melton
use loctite on all jam nuts because the geometry...

use loctite on all jam nuts because the geometry does not allow for enough length and stretch of the threaded member to hold by friction.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
Tow Bar Brackets - RV14

it turns out to be this for the Bogibar brackets.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap2(17).PNG

*****

option for restraining pins if desired. I have a pin on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
let me know when drilling holes in the bulkhead...

let me know when drilling holes in the bulkhead settles in your mind. if yes, I'll take a look at it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
sure I could make something close to those from...

sure I could make something close to those from nylon and carbon fiber but why don't you just buy the ones from Aerosport? seems that they have put together a package for a reasonable cost.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
this is correct. the idea of drilling new holes...

this is correct. the idea of drilling new holes in bulkhead for the brackets needs to settle. the nice thing about the 14 mount is that it uses existing holes.

another option for the 10 that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 06:39 AM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
the 10 has a different bulkhead screw...

the 10 has a different bulkhead screw arrangement. are you willing to drill dedicated bracket screw locations in the removable bulkhead? if so, I could take a look at it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
negative ghost rider, this is dedicated to the 14...

negative ghost rider, this is dedicated to the 14 only.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,458
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, that's a hard push from Albu-turkey towards...

yep, that's a hard push from Albu-turkey towards home... and with some weather. impressive!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,494
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-bar mount

taking some time this afternoon to sketch out a bogi-bar mount for the RV14. in progress.... I may extend the right side bracket up and over the convex to give some paint protection and will better...
Forum: Safety 08-31-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 14,998
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, into the wind. he used every advantage. he...

yes, into the wind. he used every advantage. he is probably not an average pilot. he must be a CFI or a sailplane pilot.

and perhaps the boat didn't need to get too close to the airplane to pick...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-31-2021, 05:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By Steve Melton
I made mine too short by a lot. you could leave...

I made mine too short by a lot. you could leave them long and then cut to final length after the rudder is installed....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-30-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, it depends on the Viton hardness. the...

yep, it depends on the Viton hardness. the coldest I ever operated on the ground is -20C but colder in flight. 8 yrs on the original seals.

initial cold weather testing in Wisconsin in 2013. -20C...
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