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Search: Posts Made By: Steve Melton
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 06:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,673
Posted By Steve Melton
60 yrs, 100K, below 1K.

60 yrs, 100K, below 1K.
Forum: Trip Write-ups Today, 05:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Steve Melton
my two man tent is old, a Wal-mart special, it...

my two man tent is old, a Wal-mart special, it has been good for many years but it is heavy, 15 lb. the carry bag is on it's last legs and I noticed the tent is getting some holes. my sleeping bag...
Forum: RV-9/9A Yesterday, 07:43 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow, that thing is huge.

Wow, that thing is huge.
Forum: Trip Write-ups Yesterday, 06:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, Nutty Buddy's are my go to snack since...

yes, Nutty Buddy's are my go to snack since childhood. I'm glad they haven't changed.
Forum: Trip Write-ups Yesterday, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Steve Melton
Camping - newbie

the Empire campsite is directly adjacent to the airport or I was told you can camp on the airport. I had the courtesy truck so I could easily get around. I am a camping newbie. I camped some with...
Forum: Trip Write-ups Yesterday, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Steve Melton
Sleeping Bear Dunes

the next day was off to camping and Empire Y87. I made a low pass at five airports along the way to have a look at them and get a feel for the place. Beautiful country!

Empire airport runway was...
Forum: Trip Write-ups Yesterday, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Steve Melton
Charlevoix

Charlevoix is a nice place and reasonable cost but I was going very cheap since it was just me. $68 motel and a bike. I rode all the streets in Charlevoix and had a nice dinner with a couple beers....
Forum: Trip Write-ups Yesterday, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Steve Melton
to the Bear

Cincy - Charlevoix - Empire - Cincy

Charlevoix reconnaissance for my wife and Sleeping Bear Dunes camping for me. I looked at the weather on Saturday and Tues-Thursday looked good. the overnight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,959
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, the goal is 50 rpm. I was only able to get...

yes, the goal is 50 rpm. I was only able to get 40 with this arrangement. with the hinge, the door stays in position well. same carb heat cable. no change to any components or maintenance in 900...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,959
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm glad to see you are improving it. I get...

I'm glad to see you are improving it. I get about 40 rpm on this one. I don't detect any wear at this point. I'll continue to post some photos of it thru the years.
Forum: Reviews 06-14-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,074
Posted By Steve Melton
can any metal or paint breaking off from the...

can any metal or paint breaking off from the impact get into the engine?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,128
Posted By Steve Melton
reset CB's on the ground only. they pop for a...

reset CB's on the ground only. they pop for a reason.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-14-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By Steve Melton
Abby at Flightline made mine. they are as thick...

Abby at Flightline made mine. they are as thick as possible and comfortable. I hit a bump yesterday and felt the cushion in the seat and smiled.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,959
Posted By Steve Melton
carb heat

carb heat arrangement. no wear in 900 hrs. no adjustment ever made since new. set it and forget it. carb heat is important. it can save your life. do I use it much, nope. have I really needed it in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-10-2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 856
Posted By Steve Melton
engine not running and have a paper towel and a...

engine not running and have a paper towel and a can of LPS1. push the throttle all the way in and completely loosen the locking screw and pull the throttle all the way out. you will see a plastic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2021, 06:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,236
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, some go for more than list price.

yeah, some go for more than list price.
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-10-2021, 05:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,975
Posted By Steve Melton
I have seen worse. I have a couple small dings...

I have seen worse. I have a couple small dings on mine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,236
Posted By Steve Melton
bikes

a Brompton bike would be nice at Oshkosh. hopefully, they will have a booth there.

https://youtu.be/C2MrmsMkC7Y
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-08-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By Steve Melton
a couple years ago, two up to yellowstone, two...

a couple years ago, two up to yellowstone, two tents and two of everything in the hot Summer, I could have used a 360. for what I fly mostly in Ohio and around a 320 is fine. a constant speed prop...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-07-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,070
Posted By Steve Melton
that a good long trip. letting the ponies run! I...

that a good long trip. letting the ponies run! I am from Kansas so I really liked the Amelia stop.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-06-2021, 08:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
they sound close to this but different....

they sound close to this but different.

https://youtu.be/U61JcjNrKGo
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-06-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
yooper, don't cha know. I have to go back to get...

yooper, don't cha know. I have to go back to get another pastie.
Forum: APRS Tracking 06-06-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By Steve Melton
I noticed the stickers on my prop are becoming...

I noticed the stickers on my prop are becoming loose and my left ankle gets some water. :)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-06-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
I've never landed there but I tuned in the unicom...

I've never landed there but I tuned in the unicom and they were coming in left and right. I'll get back up there and buy some fudge. that whole area explodes with activity in the Summer.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-06-2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
wind at night

the airplane took a good wind pounding that night. tie them down well. take your own ropes because they don't have any. they used to supply them there, but as I understand they don't anymore...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-06-2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
I ran out of rivets. sometimes I write with it.

I ran out of rivets. sometimes I write with it.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
breakfast burritos are not too bad. I have an...

breakfast burritos are not too bad. I have an affinity for Tabasco and my body has adjusted.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
those are cheap grocery store boots that have...

those are cheap grocery store boots that have been with me for 10 years. I spray them with scotchguard every other years.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
continued

on the way out, close to Sawyer airport, I saw this huge mine. I wondered if they also mined copper there. ...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
the next morning I walked to get a nice breakfast...

the next morning I walked to get a nice breakfast and then put my pack on and hiked to the airport. I wandered around town some because I couldn't find my way. I don't have smart phone and I had...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
continued

then on up to Houghton County airport. racing a Meridian on a long final, I checked my ego and let him go and then I became mesmerized by the calm air at pattern altitude and the surrounding beauty...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,714
Posted By Steve Melton
around the lake

I have never been to the Michigan Upper Peninsula (UP) so I thought I should go. A quick trip just to look around and try my hiking backpack. A Thursday weather check for Friday and Sat looked...
Forum: APRS Tracking 06-05-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By Steve Melton
APRS vs ADSB

APRS wins again and makes my wife happy. Michigan Upper Peninsula, Hancock/Houghton. No ADSB = smile....
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-03-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,214
Posted By Steve Melton
ditto for this comment

ditto for this comment
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-03-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, that's a good suggestion. I simply rounded...

yes, that's a good suggestion. I simply rounded the this one off. you can see the effects. I don't know if the movie will play....
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-03-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
it could be done that way but you would need to...

it could be done that way but you would need to climb under the aircraft to load the bikes on the swing tray and then lift the 75 lbs of bikes to attach the swing tray to the pod. the aerodynamic...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-02-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, climb is a factor for cooling. that big...

yep, climb is a factor for cooling. that big speed brake deflects even more during a climb.

added a taper to the box and a boat tail and knocked off 20 lbs of drag. now I am down to 28 lbs of...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-01-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
kicking shapes around. it's begging for a boat...

kicking shapes around. it's begging for a boat tail of some kind, like someone earlier suggested. maybe I could do a small...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-30-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
coming out of El Paso or other hot and high...

coming out of El Paso or other hot and high airports, I prefer all the cooling I can get.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-30-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
I can but that cranks up the computation time. I...

I can but that cranks up the computation time. I can do it on a sub model.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-30-2021, 06:51 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
this confirms the problem we expected. I need to...

this confirms the problem we expected. I need to add the actual cowl, internal cowl cooling flow and the fuse and then do some parametric studies. but firstly, I need to stain and urethane a bunch...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
CFD for pod

6 inch spacing of the pod from the engine cooling outlet results in a .2 psi back pressure to ambient. that's a lot. needs to be resolved.

on the plus side the drag from the aft side of the box...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
I am really good at waiting. :)

I am really good at waiting. :)
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
the design is actually for a -9a but the graphics...

the design is actually for a -9a but the graphics are from a 6. yep, the pedals fold.

thanks for the all the input for this. time to close this thread.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,616
Posted By Steve Melton
what people tolerate is what they get and a...

what people tolerate is what they get and a little worse.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
need to work the the loading geometry for the...

need to work the the loading geometry for the bikes and have some margin.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cross_section.png
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
or maybe use plastic bins with a hook?

or maybe use plastic bins with a hook?
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
this will be a one off build for me. I have an...

this will be a one off build for me. I have an ADSB antenna there that I will have to move to the aft fuselage. other than that, I'm clear of antennas. I do have some water drain holes in my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
I think that would be too big and require more...

I think that would be too big and require more mounts. trying to keep this very simple. aerodynamics are secondary, I'm willing to take some losses. it may not be as bad as you believe. I'm...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
reach?

how best to reach in there to get your stuff? it's deep.

a thin sliding bottom tray or something? a pole with hook? ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 05:30 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
I don't see much opportunity there....

I don't see much opportunity there.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/wings.png
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
I could not find a way to put them there. what...

I could not find a way to put them there. what are your thoughts?
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
good thoughts. the MotoPod is unique in that it...

good thoughts. the MotoPod is unique in that it winches into place. I am thinking a simple carbon fiber box structure that mounts using a conventional bolt / turnbuckle method at the corners. the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
humm.... two smaller speed brakes vs one large...

humm.... two smaller speed brakes vs one large speed brake. bike size is 25 x 25 x 11 inch.

or mounting to the sides of the fuselage? playing, move the boxes.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, that's the first order of business. how...

yep, that's the first order of business. how much room do you need? a bifurcation built into the pod may be of some benefit.

********

cool smoke...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2021, 05:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
that may be possible but I am really trying to...

that may be possible but I am really trying to get both in the pod. the bikes can be maneuvered on the ground and then shoved into the pod through the aft door. hopefully, that would be easy enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,616
Posted By Steve Melton
heading West in West Texas down low, ASDB drops...

heading West in West Texas down low, ASDB drops out = smile
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 862
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I'm the guy who goes into the ice cream...

yep, I'm the guy who goes into the ice cream parlor with 31 flavors and orders vanilla.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 862
Posted By Steve Melton
I like the paint scheme. No, really, I do!

I like the paint scheme. No, really, I do!
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
negative ghost rider

negative ghost rider
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
it does, but it is limited. some simple testing...

it does, but it is limited. some simple testing and hand calculations will probably be more useful.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
wouldn't that be something. maybe one day. this...

wouldn't that be something. maybe one day. this one will be old school, foam mold, but the modeling will help for the studies.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
pod

this study is for a -9A. the graphics are from a 6.

perhaps I can shift the pod aft somewhat after I get the numbers. some simple testing to understand engine cooling blockage would be in order...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-26-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,485
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, I noticed the exhaust is close.... and...

yeah, I noticed the exhaust is close.... and potential effects on engine cooling.
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