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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 437
Posted By Mel
I think he's talking about control pushrods, not...

I think he's talking about control pushrods, not engine pushrods.
Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By Mel
I have a big problem with political...

I have a big problem with political correctness.

At 5'4" I am NOT "vertically challenged"!

I am NOT "vertically deficient"!

I am SHORT! And there"s nothing wrong with that!

So There!
Forum: Flight Testing Yesterday, 06:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 864
Posted By Mel
Typically you shouldn't venture beyond gliding...

Typically you shouldn't venture beyond gliding distance from a runway on the first flight.
Forum: Flight Testing 07-04-2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 864
Posted By Mel
As long as your "home base" is within your flight...

As long as your "home base" is within your flight test area and has entrance and exits clear of congested area, you don't need to notify anyone.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-04-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By Mel
Correct.......

If the left mag is impulse, there's no reason to disable it during start.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-27-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,811
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: 378
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: 1,263
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: 11,812
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: 7,413
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: 1,042
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: 58
Views: 17,026
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: 1,151
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: 58
Views: 17,026
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: 11,812
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: 11,812
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: 855
Posted By Mel
EXACTLY.............

What Scott says!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
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: 58
Views: 17,026
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: 12,587
Posted By Mel
It does not!

It does not!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,050
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: 3,833
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: 3,190
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: 3,190
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: 3,190
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: 3,190
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: 3,190
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: 3,190
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: 1,471
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: 1,231
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: 2,449
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: 2,449
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: 4,800
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: 1,679
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: 6,183
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: 687
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: 892
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: 580
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: 5,115
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: 731
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: 5,115
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: 691
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: 860
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: 822
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: 571
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: 571
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: 61,535
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: 3,419
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: 3,419
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: 489,184
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: 4,811
Posted By Mel
Will Co's brother.

Will Co's brother.
Forum: Safety 04-16-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,811
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: 467
Posted By Mel
See PM......

See PM......
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
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: 467
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: 1,922
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: 376
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: 1,324
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: 769
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: 1,922
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: 775
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: 853
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: 1,922
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: 853
Posted By Mel
Mothballs are also a good mouse deterrent.

Mothballs are also a good mouse deterrent.
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