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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-27-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,562
Posted By Mel
That decision is strictly up to you. If it is in...

That decision is strictly up to you. If it is in question, then I suggest you not use that particular part.
I would further strongly suggest that you point out any "hardware store parts" to your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 312
Posted By Mel
Don't forget when changing from F/P to a...

Don't forget when changing from F/P to a controllable prop, you must submit a new Airworthiness Application (FAA form 8130-6) to update records in Oklahoma City. This requirement is noted in your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,094
Posted By Mel
Ordered a duplex fuel valve and fittings from...

Ordered a duplex fuel valve and fittings from them in January of this year and delivery was almost immediate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 08:30 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,475
Posted By Mel
Upside down eh. Then shouldn't that be reserved...

Upside down eh. Then shouldn't that be reserved for an aerobatic airplane?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-23-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,240
Posted By Mel
As Scott says, Van's furnishes all components to...

As Scott says, Van's furnishes all components to build as an E-LSA. You must "show" the inspector that you built the aircraft exactly per the plans with no modifications. If there are any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 917
Posted By Mel
FAA Registration branch does indeed give priority...

FAA Registration branch does indeed give priority to initial registration requests.

Typically what I see is initial registrations being turned around within a week going through normal channels.
Forum: RV-15 06-19-2022, 09:03 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,851
Posted By Mel
Unfortunately this is the type of transmission...

Unfortunately this is the type of transmission heard far too often.

The preferred response to this radio call would be, "Do you want fries with that?"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,090
Posted By Mel
YES. If you want to operate to those limits.

There should be a paragraph within your phase II operating limitations that states:

The pilot in command must not perform any maneuvers that have not been flight-tested or operate the aircraft...
Forum: RV-15 06-18-2022, 02:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,851
Posted By Mel
FAA Aircraft Registration is not the worlds...

FAA Aircraft Registration is not the worlds fastest at updating that information on their website.
I've seen it take months for that update.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,475
Posted By Mel
I don't have a problem with an aircraft...

I don't have a problem with an aircraft manufacturer reserving numbers. At least they probably plan to use them on aircraft.

I have a problem with people reserving numbers for the specific purpose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,475
Posted By Mel
Renewal is $10/year. You can't ge an...

Renewal is $10/year.
You can't ge an Airworthiness Certificate until the aircraft is registered.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By Mel
EXACTLY.............

What Scott says!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 998
Posted By Mel
S-LSA do not require flight testing after...

S-LSA do not require flight testing after certification.
Forum: RV-15 06-16-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,851
Posted By Mel
I wouldn't try cashing in on any of these just...

I wouldn't try cashing in on any of these just yet! The 4 seats may or may not be a reasonable bet. The other 4 would probably be a stretch.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-16-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,554
Posted By Mel
It does not!

It does not!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,017
Posted By Mel
As has already been stated, the biggest, BY FAR,...

As has already been stated, the biggest, BY FAR, thing to be done relating to the nose gear is pilot training. The nose wheel is for taxiing only. Any time there is enough speed to get the nose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,738
Posted By Mel
NOPE!!!!!!!

I'm pretty sure if there had been a reported failure, there would be a service bulletin on the matter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,140
Posted By Mel
See post #20. As far as omitting after first...

See post #20.

As far as omitting after first contact, I usually follow lead of the tower. If he/she continues use of "Experimental", then I do also.
It is NOT required after initial call-up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,140
Posted By Mel
The most efficient term would be "Experimental...

The most efficient term would be "Experimental RV". This complies with regulations and tells the controller what kind of speeds to expect.

An exception would be the RV-12 where the term...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 05:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,140
Posted By Mel
Current Operating Limitations still list Phase I...

Current Operating Limitations still list Phase I flight test area.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2022, 04:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,140
Posted By Mel
The regulation has nothing to do with...

The regulation has nothing to do with commonality. It has to do with category, and RVs fall within the Experimental category.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2022, 01:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,140
Posted By Mel
It does NOT! Unless it is removed from the FARs,...

It does NOT! Unless it is removed from the FARs, it is still required.

Remember this requirement is only when taking off or landing at a controlled airport. Not necessary for "en route".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,140
Posted By Mel
BUT......§91.319(d)(3) contains that requirement.

BUT......§91.319(d)(3) contains that requirement.
Forum: Safety 06-08-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,425
Posted By Mel
I had CrystaLens (Multifocal) in November of...

I had CrystaLens (Multifocal) in November of 2012. They have been fantastic! NO Halos!

I turned 70 3 months later.

I have to wear readers if print is very small or light is dim.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-08-2022, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,171
Posted By Mel
It's amateur-built. The LSA speed limit does not...

It's amateur-built. The LSA speed limit does not apply. And HP has little to do with speed.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,377
Posted By Mel
This is where I installed the VOR antenna on one...

This is where I installed the VOR antenna on one of the RV-6s I built. Worked great.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2022, 03:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,377
Posted By Mel
Interesting in that I had a VERY close call. My...

Interesting in that I had a VERY close call. My T-Craft was at home for recover. Pushing the fuselage back into the garage, I turned around and poked the VOR antenna into my eye. Immediately...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,718
Posted By Mel
Been there, Done that, Got the Certificate and...

Been there, Done that, Got the Certificate and coffee cup!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,640
Posted By Mel
Any change that alters the flight characteristics...

Any change that alters the flight characteristics of the aircraft requires a phase I flight test of at least 5 hrs. A change of power, a significant change of weight & balance, etc. are examples.

...
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2022, 06:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,998
Posted By Mel
Not sure what kind of Mud Daubers you have in...

Not sure what kind of Mud Daubers you have in California, but the ones in Texas build inside hangars.
Forum: ADS-B 05-30-2022, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 549
Posted By Mel
I'm also considering this. Interested in Pirep.

I'm also considering this. Interested in Pirep.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By Mel
Very likely a difference between airspeed...

Very likely a difference between airspeed indicators and/or static source.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-28-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 560
Posted By Mel
It's in your Operating Limitations!

It's in your Operating Limitations!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,982
Posted By Mel
C/G has nothing to do with landing gear...

C/G has nothing to do with landing gear configuration. Extra fuel on a -14/A will move the C/G forward.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-24-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 705
Posted By Mel
This is for taildraggers. He has a tricycle!

This is for taildraggers. He has a tricycle!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,982
Posted By Mel
YES........

Aerobatic load limits will need to be documented with full tanks.
Forum: RV-4 05-19-2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 662
Posted By Mel
PLEASE Do NOt Do This.........

The flap push rods should NOT be bent. Flaps carry more load than any other control surface on the airplane. They are the only surfaces that are pushed down into the slipstream and held...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-03-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 844
Posted By Mel
When adding a wire to corrugated conduit, tie a...

When adding a wire to corrugated conduit, tie a cotton ball to a piece of string and blow it through the conduit with compressed air. Tie the new wire to the string and pull it through.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By Mel
Might want to check your caliper calibration! ...

Might want to check your caliper calibration! Actually I think it should be .0625".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By Mel
Yes, A FSDO or DAR must inspect the aircraft and...

Yes, A FSDO or DAR must inspect the aircraft and issue new airworthiness certificate and op lims.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By Mel
If you can show proof that the airplane meets...

If you can show proof that the airplane meets §21.191(g) and has been flight tested, to meet Phase I requirements, you will not need to repeat Phase I flight testing.
Proof that the airplane was...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 04-21-2022, 06:13 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 61,366
Posted By Mel
Yes They DO! Only time I've been ramp checked...

Yes They DO!

Only time I've been ramp checked is when I was flying under a waiver at an airshow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,394
Posted By Mel
Yep! And I agree with what you said. That's why...

Yep! And I agree with what you said. That's why I said that the insurance co. would probably pay off because of "fraud".
I registered my RV-6 as an "A&M 6" because it was the 6th aircraft built...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,394
Posted By Mel
While you can assign any model you want, In your...

While you can assign any model you want, In your case, if you had a claim, it probably would not be paid.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 488,242
Posted By Mel
This is true for S-LSA, not for E-LSA.

This is true for S-LSA, not for E-LSA.
Forum: Safety 04-17-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,763
Posted By Mel
Will Co's brother.

Will Co's brother.
Forum: Safety 04-16-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,763
Posted By Mel
"ROGER" means, "I have heard your transmission...

"ROGER" means, "I have heard your transmission and understand."

Small correction from the "Pilot/Controller Glossary" in the AIM: Roger, "I have received all of your last transmission. It should...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
Posted By Mel
See PM......

See PM......
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
Posted By Mel
Found it. What's it worth? Gotta at least cover...

Found it. What's it worth? Gotta at least cover shipping.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
Posted By Mel
I think I have one from Dynon. Let me check my...

I think I have one from Dynon. Let me check my shop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By Mel
I'm not aware of any regulation prohibiting this,...

I'm not aware of any regulation prohibiting this, but I would avoid it if possible.

In my opinion, it detracts from the intended "Obvious" notification. I would discuss this with your intended...
Forum: Primers 04-14-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By Mel
Try "Aero TouchUps".........

They are located in Titusville, FL. They offer a kit of PG60G2 that contains the proper ratio of primer/catalyst to make 40 oz of sprayable product.

They are not cheap, but who is now-days?
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 04-13-2022, 04:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,312
Posted By Mel
§91.205 is pretty clear on requirements. §91.205...

§91.205 is pretty clear on requirements. §91.205 does not apply to Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft flown day/VFR. For Night and/or IFR operations, the requirements are the same for EAB and...
Forum: RV-3 04-13-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 744
Posted By Mel
When you do your next one, stagger the rivets in...

When you do your next one, stagger the rivets in the double row so that they are not directly in line with each other.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By Mel
FAAs interpretation is that it should be obvious...

FAAs interpretation is that it should be obvious to anyone entering the aircraft.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 769
Posted By Mel
All nyloc nuts are not created equally. This is...

All nyloc nuts are not created equally. This is something you will have to determine yourself.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By Mel
Well, Not forever, but for a while. By the time...

Well, Not forever, but for a while. By the time you remove them after storage, assemble the aircraft, and complete the build, the smell will be gone. It doesn't last forever.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By Mel
My research shows the original first flew in...

My research shows the original first flew in 1999. If that is true, it would be eligible in 2029. I'm sure that Van's can either verify or correct this information.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 840
Posted By Mel
Mothballs are also a good mouse deterrent.

Mothballs are also a good mouse deterrent.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By Mel
YES, They are! ref; §45.22(b). §45.22(b) also...

YES, They are! ref; §45.22(b). §45.22(b) also allows for these aircraft to display 2" numbers.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By Mel
This will meet the requirement.

This will meet the requirement.
Forum: Tools 04-08-2022, 06:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,113
Posted By Mel
One thing worse than getting...

One thing worse than getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 766
Posted By Mel
And while we're on the subject............

Lead content is NOT required on these placards. Only requirements are minimum octane rating and capacity of the tank.
Forum: Tools 04-07-2022, 07:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,113
Posted By Mel
Being retired and having spare time is an...

Being retired and having spare time is an oxymoron!
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