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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By Mel
Today's Off-Topic

This is by far the safest and most efficient way to check for tire leaks.

Safest because there is no dangerous pressure in the tire to cause an accident.

Most efficient because there will be no...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 385
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: 1,019
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: 1,019
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: 3,118
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: 1,147
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-10-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By Mel
Check pm!!

Check pm!!
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-10-2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By Mel
As Foghorn Leghorn often says, "It's a Yoke,...

As Foghorn Leghorn often says, "It's a Yoke, Man!"
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 05:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,280
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: 369
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: 934
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: 273
Posted By Mel
PopRivet Dimpler or Vice-grip dimpler!

PopRivet Dimpler or Vice-grip dimpler!
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,662
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: 830
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: 92,195
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: 92,195
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: 1,336
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: 1,741
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: 31,224
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: 1,741
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: 1,505
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: 1,505
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: 1,505
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: 1,505
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: 410
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.
Forum: RV-15 07-20-2022, 05:45 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,195
Posted By Mel
When I said "TYPICALLY" I meant the type of...

When I said "TYPICALLY" I meant the type of aircraft we build. Military fighters are far from this.
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,195
Posted By Mel
From top speed to stall, 4:1 is fantastic and...

From top speed to stall, 4:1 is fantastic and rarely achieved. Van has accomplished that with the short wing RVs. I doubt that a "back country" style aircraft is going to do that.

For a stall...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-15-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By Mel
Interesting.......

Can you elaborate? I've built 4 aircraft that use 6061 exclusively and never experienced this problem. All were flush riveted and many of them squeezed.

If you are talking about using the squeezer...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-15-2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By Mel
I rotated my switch slightly so that the key is...

I rotated my switch slightly so that the key is horizontal when "off" and vertical when on "both".
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2022, 06:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By Mel
When in doubt, dimple. Countersinking .032 for...

When in doubt, dimple. Countersinking .032 for 3/32 rivets is marginal and not as strong as dimpling.

MHO!
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 02:36 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,195
Posted By Mel
I doubt it. If the horizontal tail is indeed a...

I doubt it. If the horizontal tail is indeed a stabilator, those don't typically hold up too well for acro.

I know the T-18 was. But that was the exception.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-11-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 555
Posted By Mel
No problem at all having 2 impulse mags. I had...

No problem at all having 2 impulse mags. I had this setup on my O-320-E3D, converted to 175 hp. If you use a standard key mag switch, you will want to remove the wire that grounds the right mag...
Forum: RV-15 07-11-2022, 05:29 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,195
Posted By Mel
I wouldn't venture too far out on that limb! As...

I wouldn't venture too far out on that limb!

As has been said previously, struts make the airplane stronger, lighter, and add considerably more headroom in the cockpit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 993
Posted By Mel
I agree with Dan. Some handles have a pointer on...

I agree with Dan. Some handles have a pointer on the short end. When this particular handle is used, I require that the pointer be painted red if it is used as a pointer. If the longer end is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-08-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,860
Posted By Mel
This is putting a large hose clamp around the...

This is putting a large hose clamp around the filter and safety wiring around the screw head to a "fixed" point.

The neat part is that you never have to cut the wire. Just loosen the clamp and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-07-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,280
Posted By Mel
Yeah, I had a Frantz oil filter on my '67 Camera...

Yeah, I had a Frantz oil filter on my '67 Camera for a while. Changing this filter makes dealing with pro-seal seem like a clean job. There is NOTHING messier than a roll of toilet paper full of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-06-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,081
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 07-05-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
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 07-05-2022, 06:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,741
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: 15
Views: 1,741
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: 794
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: 2,097
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: 17
Views: 1,340
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: 11
Views: 1,812
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: 117
Views: 13,546
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: 8,015
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: 1,181
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: 60
Views: 20,809
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: 1,317
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: 60
Views: 20,809
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: 117
Views: 13,546
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: 117
Views: 13,546
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: 1,114
Posted By Mel
EXACTLY.............

What Scott says!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,377
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: 60
Views: 20,809
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: 12,743
Posted By Mel
It does not!

It does not!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,268
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: 4,320
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: 3,416
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: 3,416
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: 3,416
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: 3,416
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: 3,416
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: 3,416
Posted By Mel
BUT......91.319(d)(3) contains that requirement.

BUT......91.319(d)(3) contains that requirement.
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