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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-24-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,026
Posted By Steve Melton
plenty of water in the midwest this year. I have...

plenty of water in the midwest this year. I have a couple Roma tomato plants and between the two of them I counted 56 on the wine, unbelievable. looking at the weather this morning and eating...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-23-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By Steve Melton
nice. 18R is the tough one. good for me to see...

nice. 18R is the tough one. good for me to see that approach again and your landing on the dot.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-23-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,026
Posted By Steve Melton
my timing was lucky in 2019. the airport had...

my timing was lucky in 2019. the airport had just reopened because of a closure for something and folks were holding at green lake. they announced on the ATIS for all certified aircraft to go away...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-22-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,381
Posted By Steve Melton
Smile quarter turn shine

I didn't know these could shine like that.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20210722_164031.jpg
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-21-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 770
Posted By Steve Melton
......big smile

......big smile
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
Polycarb gust locks

polycarb test prints sent to the field. no complaints but I thought I would test print on parts someone could use. these parts are translucent. annealed to remove any residual stress. ...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-21-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,026
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, when at Fiske the descent is the issue. ...

yes, when at Fiske the descent is the issue. you could come down on top of someone. I'll fly the normal 1800 ft altitude this year.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-20-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,026
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, when at Fiske you need to get down and if...

yes, when at Fiske you need to get down and if someone is slower you could come down on top of them and may not see them. in 2019 the controller at Fiske was commenting that I needed to descend now...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-20-2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,026
Posted By Steve Melton
OK, maybe I was faster than 135 but my wife was...

OK, maybe I was faster than 135 but my wife was ready to be there.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/pickett.png
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-20-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,381
Posted By Steve Melton
I was educated on the Midway Dutch Roll by some...

I was educated on the Midway Dutch Roll by some ex-Navy guys. It was for real.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-20-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,381
Posted By Steve Melton
I admired those pilots especially operating at...

I admired those pilots especially operating at night with rain. That's a level I will never reach. Maybe I could have as a younger man but it was not to be.
This is closest I ever got and it was...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-20-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,026
Posted By Steve Melton
I'll probably be arriving Sunday afternoon and it...

I'll probably be arriving Sunday afternoon and it will be busy. from what I could tell in 2019 I was the only guy at 2300 ft. it seemed safer.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-20-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,381
Posted By Steve Melton
what does the F-35, F-22, F-18, F-16, etc and an...

what does the F-35, F-22, F-18, F-16, etc and an A model RV have in common...... wait for it.... a nose wheel.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-20-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,026
Posted By Steve Melton
Oshkosh high speed arrival

the last time arriving Oshkosh I used the high speed arrival (135 kts, 2300 ft) and it was very smooth except for a low flying helicopter when I needed to make the descent. I also remember flying...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-20-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By Steve Melton
the corn roast is a nice touch. seems I get...

the corn roast is a nice touch. seems I get plenty of corn at Oshkosh. my staple every night at the beer tent is: rib eye steak, cole slaw, baked beans, bread and roasted corn. sometimes I get...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-19-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,135
Posted By Steve Melton
I've seen folks at Oshkosh taxi in and shutdown...

I've seen folks at Oshkosh taxi in and shutdown and make a bee line to get their cowl oil door open to get the heat out as soon as possible. this is important if you have an electronic ignition. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,979
Posted By Steve Melton
beautiful country!

beautiful country!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,979
Posted By Steve Melton
you're beginning to Rock It! I like it.

you're beginning to Rock It! I like it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-17-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By Steve Melton
I have one there also, probably don't need it. ...

I have one there also, probably don't need it. B&C alternator.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-17-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By Steve Melton
I really don't know how much good those cooling...

I really don't know how much good those cooling scat hoses do for a slick mag or fuel pump. they would only flow during flight and for that regime are probably not needed. the highest accessory...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
gust lock

after 3yrs of good use I noticed a crack on one side of my ASA material elevator gust locks in the web. these gust locks have been exposed to a lot of Kansas winds and helicopter gusts (next door)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By Steve Melton
there is simply nothing like stepping out of your...

there is simply nothing like stepping out of your tent to a sea of homebuilt airplanes.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-14-2021, 05:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,587
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow, that's a nice trip. A small plane is the...

Wow, that's a nice trip. A small plane is the best way to really see the country.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-13-2021, 05:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,365
Posted By Steve Melton
my condolences. you had a great father. I'll...

my condolences. you had a great father. I'll call my Dad today.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, and you really want to have 1 foot of...

yep, and you really want to have 1 foot of clearance minimum from the hangar (or other planes) to all plane surfaces. if you don't you will bump something, sometime, guaranteed. this was a fit...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-12-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 89,055
Posted By Steve Melton
you're in the thick of it, hang in there, it's...

you're in the thick of it, hang in there, it's looking good!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
I wondered if the RV9 could be moved into the...

I wondered if the RV9 could be moved into the hangar nose first and have room to pull an engine if needed from the loft fwd beam. Scott says this is a 14.4 ft t-hangar and he should know since he...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-12-2021, 05:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,277
Posted By Steve Melton
good interview. I liked it!

good interview. I liked it!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
thx for comments Scott. the loft has exceeded my...

thx for comments Scott. the loft has exceeded my expectations. multiple benefits and the most important is that it clears some space for a small t-hangar. hey, kudos to Van's because I rarely do...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-08-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By Steve Melton
appreciate the recommendations. I followed them.

appreciate the recommendations. I followed them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 521
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow! that's a nice bird. I'll be looking for...

Wow! that's a nice bird. I'll be looking for this one.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-08-2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By Steve Melton
I sent the photos to my wife. I think we will be...

I sent the photos to my wife. I think we will be on our way there. thx.

Michigan seems to be getting all my travel money this Summer. I'm OK with that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 06:06 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
most used plastic in the home

my wife was asking for a dishwasher sign to indicate "clean" or "dirty". it is the most used plastic in our home. it's easy to flip over. orient the words so you only need to roll it. now all I...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-07-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,948
Posted By Steve Melton
at the least I should get a haircut.

at the least I should get a haircut.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-07-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,948
Posted By Steve Melton
polish exhaust pipes

In preparation for Oshkosh I'm looking for my exhaust pipe polishing compound. I don't know if I will find it in time. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,518
Posted By Steve Melton
you will never forget that ride!

you will never forget that ride!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-06-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By Steve Melton
Home

We came back high and had a tailwind. I made a long descent (300 fpm) that began at Fort Wayne Indiana. It was easy to unload the aircraft. The flight time was a couple of hours. A very nice two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,608
Posted By Steve Melton
when I measured the spar height of the 8 and the...

when I measured the spar height of the 8 and the 9, they appeared to be the same. is that true?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-05-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By Steve Melton
Camping

Preparing to depart Sault Ste. Marie for Drummond Island. I have found that the airports in Northern Michigan are very friendly and accommodating and inexpensive. In fact the whole trip was...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-05-2021, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By Steve Melton
Soo Lock Tour

Up early on Saturday for the Soo Lock Tour and then travel to Drummond Island for camping (20 minute flight). You can only reach Drummond by ferry as there are no roads, so the July 4th crowd should...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-05-2021, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By Steve Melton
Sault Ste Marie and Drummond Island

It's been hot in Cincy and I was planning to escape to the upper Michigan cool water. I took a look at the weather on Thursday and it looked good for the weekend so I departed on Friday. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
Loft lighting

this is what 100K lumens looks like on the ceiling. switches allow for 3, 5 or all 8 lights. I noticed it makes reading small print easier. I am happy with the loft. the pull down door location...
Forum: Reviews 07-01-2021, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 363
Posted By Steve Melton
same for me. the Bogi Bar is my favorite tow bar...

same for me. the Bogi Bar is my favorite tow bar around the hangar.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 561,747
Posted By Steve Melton
Hangar Pizza favorite

I've been through a lot of frozen pizza's. Everyone has their own tastes but to keep it very short, this is my favorite and it is very simple.

Amy's cheese pizza with red pepper flakes. Best...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-30-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 237
Posted By Steve Melton
Stanton KY

Stanton Kentucky. From several weeks ago. Not a long trip but it was a pretty airport setting. I was looking for a way to get to the Red River Gorge but didn't find one. Horses in a field next...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-30-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,041
Posted By Steve Melton
no separate retainer piece

- pins are hooked at the ends to interlock.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-25-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 710
Posted By Steve Melton
just be aware.....if a working carb heat system...

just be aware.....if a working carb heat system is required for your aircraft, then a takeoff with a non working system could be seen by the FAA as a violation.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,717
Posted By Steve Melton
is Plane Power the same company that makes Sure...

is Plane Power the same company that makes Sure Fly mags?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-19-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,854
Posted By Steve Melton
I don't believe I'm a gearhead but rather a...

I don't believe I'm a gearhead but rather a techno-head that likes gears and stuff like that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,419
Posted By Steve Melton
60 yrs, 100K, below 1K.

60 yrs, 100K, below 1K.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-18-2021, 05:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
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 06-17-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,679
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow, that thing is huge.

Wow, that thing is huge.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-17-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
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 06-17-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
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 06-17-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
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 06-17-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
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 06-17-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
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: 3,965
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: 3,965
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: 1,584
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: 14,412
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: 9
Views: 892
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: 3,965
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: 1,123
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...
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