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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 759
Posted By Mel
Absolutely no problem at all having the FAA do...

Absolutely no problem at all having the FAA do the certification.

The major difference is that DARs are more experienced and typically perform a pretty detailed inspection. The FAA is primarily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By Mel
I found that hinges work great for the sides,...

I found that hinges work great for the sides, both vertical and horizontal.

I used screws across the top, bottom and each side of the spinner. The top because of ease of cowling installation and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 759
Posted By Mel
You think the empty weight CG might be slightly...

You think the empty weight CG might be slightly aft of the limit?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,547
Posted By Mel
The requirement for the "Passenger Warning"...

The requirement for the "Passenger Warning" placard is clearly stated in the Operating Limitations issued to the aircraft. The operator of the aircraft is bound by those Op Lims.

How many people do...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 07:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,547
Posted By Mel
FAA's reasoning for this is that someone other...

FAA's reasoning for this is that someone other than the builder may at sometime be flying the aircraft.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,547
Posted By Mel
There is no size requirement for the Passenger...

There is no size requirement for the Passenger Warning placard. It just needs to be large enough to be legible.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-30-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,042
Posted By Mel
Torx actually DO come in 100° head!

Torx actually DO come in 100° head!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By Mel
Technically an experimental aircraft is not...

Technically an experimental aircraft is not "imported" from Canada. Since their rules on amateur-built are not exactly the same as the U.S., the aircraft must be inspected, and proven to be 51%...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-25-2022, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Poll: poll
Views: 942
Posted By Mel
Insufficient Options.....

Put in 13° on downwind and add whatever is necessary from there.

Usually full flaps on final for my 1500' strip and dump them upon touchdown.

Manual flaps here too! 0°-13°-26°-39°
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 887
Posted By Mel
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

Looks great. Not too many RV-7A taildraggers around.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,955
Posted By Mel
When I grow up, I want to be Vlad. And what...

When I grow up, I want to be Vlad.

And what makes you think Vlad is grown up? Looks to me like he's having way too much fun to grow up!

"Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional!"
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,843
Posted By Mel
I only wish I could buy a Hi End car with manual...

I only wish I could buy a Hi End car with manual transmission!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 655
Posted By Mel
(A)...I couldn't! (B)...No build log is a LARGE...

(A)...I couldn't!

(B)...No build log is a LARGE problem!
How would you go about proving 51% amateur-built?

(C)...No engine log is not a huge problem from a legal standpoint, but for a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-20-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,651
Posted By Mel
I have to agree with everyone else. I would RUN...

I have to agree with everyone else. I would RUN AWAY from that aircraft.
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,148
Posted By Mel
The original RV-6 did not have the lift struts on...

The original RV-6 did not have the lift struts on the canopy. The canopy "hold-up" was via a strut that was disconnected from the canopy upon closure. I suggest that if you intend to use the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2022, 06:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,751
Posted By Mel
The placard needs to be obvious to ANYONE...

The placard needs to be obvious to ANYONE entering the aircraft. If the cockpit can be entered from either side, then the placard needs to be on both sides.
Forum: RV-3 09-14-2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By Mel
I bought a tailwheel assembly from them a little...

I bought a tailwheel assembly from them a little over a year ago fore my current project.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,517
Posted By Mel
Or a "bullet hole" decal.

Or a "bullet hole" decal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 509
Posted By Mel
#1 Definitely NO! IA has absolutely nothing to...

#1 Definitely NO! IA has absolutely nothing to do with Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft.

#2, As with so many thing, It depends. If your new panel causes a significant change to weight &...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Mel
Although Dynon uses a Trig transponder, it is a...

Although Dynon uses a Trig transponder, it is a "special" unit with different software. Are you sure your transponder is the "Dynon" model?

I believe the Dynon model is SV-XPNDR-261 instead of TT22.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2022, 04:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,621
Posted By Mel
Just a point............

All tailwheel RVs incorporating the Whitman style gear has toe-out by design.

Van has you set the gear at 0° with the gear in the air. Once you "load" that gear, it has a small amount of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-08-2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,697
Posted By Mel
If you are only concerned with cruise speed.........

HP makes very little difference on cruise speed. If you have a problem with current take-off and climb, you might consider a change. Otherwise, keep on ginning!
Do you have 150 or 160 hp? If you...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-08-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,476
Posted By Mel
Or you could just put a simple timer on it, just...

Or you could just put a simple timer on it, just in case.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-07-2022, 02:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,080
Posted By Mel
PLEASE..............

Do not use WD40 as a lubricant. Contrary to popular belief, IT IS NOT! It's a water dispersant.

It will lubricate initially but then it leaves a film that collects dirt.

Long term use of WD40 as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2022, 01:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,212
Posted By Mel
FAA Order 8130.2j is the "Bible" to Experimental...

FAA Order 8130.2j is the "Bible" to Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft certification. Chapter 15-4.b.(3)(b) states:

(3) Verify that aircraft records include a completed statement from the owner...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2022, 05:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,212
Posted By Mel
When I do a certification, I give the applicant a...

When I do a certification, I give the applicant a letter of recommendation, all the forms and detailed instructions on how to proceed. He then contacts my FAA Supervisor who completes the process...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-31-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By Mel
It is fairly common. Both eventually go to...

It is fairly common. Both eventually go to ground. Some manufacturers keep them separate in the harness and some don't.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-31-2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Mel
A simple logbook entry stating that you are...

A simple logbook entry stating that you are reentering phase and the reason.

Remember that once you reenter phase I, you must remain there for a minimum of 5 hrs. per your op lims.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2022, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,109
Posted By Mel
Doesn't mean they're caught up. They just...

Doesn't mean they're caught up. They just prioritize initial registrations.
Forum: ADS-B 08-29-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,599
Posted By Mel
Separate.........

I wouldn't want to share the antenna with a transponder that is consistently transmitting. Besides the impedance miss-match, I don't think the receiver would be happy with this rather strong...
Forum: ADS-B 08-29-2022, 06:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,599
Posted By Mel
I have been told by GRT that due to parts...

I have been told by GRT that due to parts supplier delays they would not be available until the end of the year.

Hopefully, they are being conservative and we will get them earlier. Ordered mine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2022, 09:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,533
Posted By Mel
The requirement (Not required for daytime VFR...

The requirement (Not required for daytime VFR BTW) is for a "magnetic direction indicator". The regulation says nothing about it being independent.
The "compass" within the EFIS meets this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2022, 05:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,533
Posted By Mel
No such requirement in U.S.

No such requirement in U.S.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,246
Posted By Mel
Manufactured date is the date the Airworthiness...

Manufactured date is the date the Airworthiness Certificate is issued.
Forum: COMM 08-26-2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By Mel
As a very broad based rule of thumb, no other...

As a very broad based rule of thumb, no other antenna should be closer than the length of the antenna.

IOW, No other antenna should be closer than 21" from a 21" long antenna.

As Bob said, 18" is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-25-2022, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Mel
I would look into Whirlwind. They are somewhat...

I would look into Whirlwind. They are somewhat cheaper than Sensenich, really beautiful and seem to perform as well, if not slightly better.
I'm using a 3-BLD Whirlwind GA on my current project....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-24-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,955
Posted By Mel
As does Safari.

As does Safari.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,570
Posted By Mel
Older members here will remember when Martin &...

Older members here will remember when Martin & Claudia Sutter ripped out the carpet and built their RV-6 in the air conditioned comfort of their living room.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,133
Posted By Mel
Should be no problem on a -7. I had one on my -6...

Should be no problem on a -7. I had one on my -6 and had no difficulty at all.

The only people that have problems are those who have the tailwheel on the wrong end.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2022, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By Mel
You are correct; Instruments, engines, props,...

You are correct; Instruments, engines, props, upholstery, paint, wheels & brakes, etc. do not count against the 51%.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By Mel
Like Vern says, If your aircraft is on the FAA...

Like Vern says, If your aircraft is on the FAA approved kit list, you only need to use the list if you received commercial assistance.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2022, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 807
Posted By Mel
I still use a spiral notebook, same as I did for...

I still use a spiral notebook, same as I did for the preceding 8 airplanes. When I come in from the shop, I write down what I did that day. Takes about 1 to 2 minutes. I keep a running estimate of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By Mel
Remove the film immediately on all parts. This...

Remove the film immediately on all parts. This is recommended by Vans.

The film is there to minimize scratching caused by forming dies and shipping.
Forum: RV-3 08-13-2022, 06:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,629
Posted By Mel
I don't think anyone said that unmodified RV-3s...

I don't think anyone said that unmodified RV-3s should be grounded. I simply firmly believe that when building, the mods are not that difficult to include and should be incorporated. How many...
Forum: RV-3 08-12-2022, 04:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,629
Posted By Mel
I would not consider building an RV-3 without the...

I would not consider building an RV-3 without the wing mods.
The mods were incorporated for a reason.
Forum: Tools 08-12-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,461
Posted By Mel
I've been using the "Whiteside" creeper for...

I've been using the "Whiteside" creeper for several years now and love it.
I don't have the bells & whistles & lifts that some of you seem to need, but for my needs, the Whiteside works great.
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,540
Posted By Mel
The Harbor Freight puller works fine for a while....

The Harbor Freight puller works fine for a while. I have "worn out" 2 of them. Zenith Aircraft in Mexico MO. has a similar one for around $100 that works much better.
I've also fount that they...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 05:15 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,720
Posted By Mel
Many don't safety wire. If you want to, you can...

Many don't safety wire. If you want to, you can place a worm gear clamp on the filter and wire around the screw head.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 617
Posted By Mel
The restricters are to minimize oil and/or fuel...

The restricters are to minimize oil and/or fuel loss in case of a line or sender failure. Not required but highly recommended.
Forum: RV-4 08-08-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,386
Posted By Mel
RV-4, -6, -7, and -8 all have the same airfoil...

RV-4, -6, -7, and -8 all have the same airfoil and wingtips are interchangeable.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By Mel
PopRivet Dimpler or Vice-grip dimpler!

PopRivet Dimpler or Vice-grip dimpler!
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,581
Posted By Mel
Been here 42 times before and didn't know to...

Been here 42 times before and didn't know to bring tie-downs? Kinda hard to believe.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-01-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,436
Posted By Mel
Built more than a few airplanes using only...

Built more than a few airplanes using only pop-rivet dimpler and vice-grip dimpler. If you have a pneumatic rivet puller, practice on scrap. Turn the air pressure almost off. Keep increasing...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 103,027
Posted By Mel
I doubt that. Flush rivets don't make much, if...

I doubt that. Flush rivets don't make much, if any, performance difference at these speeds.

*Pet Peeve -- "Flush rivets vs. Pulled rivets." is a misnomer.
Driven rivets may be flush or round...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 103,027
Posted By Mel
Last time I checked A "STANDARD T-hangar width...

Last time I checked A "STANDARD T-hangar width was 40'.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-27-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,693
Posted By Mel
It's my understanding that this is a project, not...

It's my understanding that this is a project, not a flying airplane.
Forum: Flight Testing 07-26-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,999
Posted By Mel
A DAR MAY add restrictions in the name of safety....

A DAR MAY add restrictions in the name of safety. I was simply stating that there is no rule that says the first take-off and landing must be at the same airport.

An example is that if I decided to...
Forum: Midwest 07-26-2022, 06:33 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 33,809
Posted By Mel
Flush rivets won't buy you much, if any,...

Flush rivets won't buy you much, if any, performance gains at these speed ranges. They do, however, look better and contribute to ease of cleaning and painting.
Forum: Flight Testing 07-25-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,999
Posted By Mel
Never heard of this interpretation. If you don't...

Never heard of this interpretation. If you don't know the landing requirements for your aircraft, then why would another airport be any different?

P.S. Nothing in the op lims referencing this.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-24-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,758
Posted By Mel
YES! I thought I said that in my last post.

YES! I thought I said that in my last post.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-23-2022, 09:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,758
Posted By Mel
This "Problem" was clarified with the change to...

This "Problem" was clarified with the change to FAA Order 8130.2H in February of 2015 by separating Phase I from Phase II in the Op Lims.

When I issue an Airworthiness Certificate, I have the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2022, 03:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,758
Posted By Mel
Well you can take it up with FAA Headquarters in...

Well you can take it up with FAA Headquarters in Washington. These Operating Limitations are written by them and inspectors cannot change the wording.

These Op Lims were issued in May of 2013,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,758
Posted By Mel
As has already been stated, Paragraph 10 pertains...

As has already been stated, Paragraph 10 pertains to Phase I.

Paragraph 11 clearly states "After completion of Phase I flight testing..."
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-20-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 501
Posted By Mel
1.5mm is less than 1/16". That's going to be...

1.5mm is less than 1/16". That's going to be pretty tight after paint.
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