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Forum: RV-14 Today, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By Steve Melton
I would be proud of that too. looks great!

I would be proud of that too. looks great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 01:22 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
I use David Clark with ear plug speakers because...

I use David Clark with ear plug speakers because I'm cheap, but what I would like is a good set of ANR for less than $300 and I would like to choose the ear size and the headset color.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,173
Posted By Steve Melton
I have posted some numbers from time to time. if...

I have posted some numbers from time to time. if you restrict the exit, the cooling distribution may be affected, by how much I don't know. in general, it is always better to meter the upstream...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,173
Posted By Steve Melton
center blockage

previously I tried blocking the cowl inlet edges but my CHT's did not remain even so I put the blockage in the middle. that keeps my CHT's even. in a climb you have some air going over the top of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
printed headsets?

I thought I would give it a try. new approach in its infancy.

https://youtu.be/YAR-1Z9nAAo

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap1(30).png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
I don't supply cad files but I do show the basic...

I don't supply cad files but I do show the basic geometry so you can copy them and make your own. give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.... teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
Delta Pop Red Tail Com Blank Off

a little blank off cover for a com antenna. if it's on the belly and if you drill a hole in the recessed area, it could be a drain. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-26-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Steve Melton
thx, good guy.

thx, good guy.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2021, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Steve Melton
ok, tell me what you need.

ok, tell me what you need.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
gust lock link

I've been receiving some questions about the gust lock link I use so here is how I use it. the upper link has a slot for the cam pin that allows the pin to angle in order to ease grabbing the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-24-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Steve Melton
I have Ztron installed for 8 yrs and no issues...

I have Ztron installed for 8 yrs and no issues but they are out of business. if they are low cost I will take them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,173
Posted By Steve Melton
I thought 350F CHT min was all about the bromides...

I thought 350F CHT min was all about the bromides attacking the valves.
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 974
Posted By Steve Melton
my insurance company allowed for 5 hrs training...

my insurance company allowed for 5 hrs training in similar type.... RV7 training for RV9 first flight and not required to have an instructor, just 5 hrs PIC. I needed to ask the insurance company...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 458
Posted By Steve Melton
I like it. I predict you will look back on it...

I like it. I predict you will look back on it and smile.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
Oshkosh 2021 takeoff photo

seems like I get one of these photos each year. this is how I check to see if my flap bracket fairings are still there.:) yep, they are there, original from 2018 I think. edit: I checked the date...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 05:13 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
oil temp

on my return trip from Kansas to Cincy I noticed my oil temp dropped to 164F. I didn't think that would be much of a problem. I had my oil cooler partially taped and my small cowl inlet air dams...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 04:14 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
Kansas wheel chock testing

my conclusion from this testing is:

1. the chocks held the aircraft without the tie down chains from becoming tight.

2. the main wheel chocks may not have allowed the aircraft to move to allow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 04:06 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
Kansas wheel chock testing

some background for this test. I originally designed wheel chocks to have tire roll on low angle to seat the chock to the ground as quickly as possible to prevent sliding. this works well. ...
Forum: Safety 11-15-2021, 05:42 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,806
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm taking runway 29..... hey, be sure to give it...

I'm taking runway 29..... hey, be sure to give it back, I'm going to need it.

how about just the ole fashion "taking off runway 29"?
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-15-2021, 03:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 582
Posted By Steve Melton
wet but beautiful country. the land of milk and...

wet but beautiful country. the land of milk and honey.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-14-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 736
Posted By Steve Melton
I like those. I used velcro for seat back...

I like those. I used velcro for seat back protectors but I like your idea better. I may borrow this idea.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
neighbors painting RV9A... and it looks good

trying to polish the old bird as best I can to keep up appearances. loaded with Cincy ham and headed for Kansas next week. the Holiday season is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-13-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,537
Posted By Steve Melton
looks like a lot of fun... good use of the...

looks like a lot of fun... good use of the airplane and good physical exercise. keeping the mind and body in good shape!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-13-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 831
Posted By Steve Melton
I have both the pre 2018 wag-aero and Bogi-Bar...

I have both the pre 2018 wag-aero and Bogi-Bar tow bars hanging in my hangar. I also have the post 2018 wag-aero tow bar hanging on hooks in my RV9A. Before I developed the posilock for the...
Forum: RV-14 11-13-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 212,364
Posted By Steve Melton
nice work

very clean approach to wiring.
Forum: Safety 11-11-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,806
Posted By Steve Melton
I had to look up a diagram for overhead break. I...

I had to look up a diagram for overhead break. I suppose I've never done one and don't plan to. seems that it allows for a large blind spot area for crosswind traffic. the closest I have done is...
Forum: Safety 11-09-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,806
Posted By Steve Melton
low wing coming over a high wing on final can be...

low wing coming over a high wing on final can be fatal. 44 yrs ago in Kansas. my friend had died. they put the rubble in the grass. I don't know why but I just laid on the wing for about an...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-09-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,077
Posted By Steve Melton
open the bleed valve then push the caliper in.

open the bleed valve then push the caliper in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
dock

printing for GPSDock1. this one has all the features, raised hand rest, custom size and color (first time to print one in dark gray). perfectly square and flat. dimensions within 0.003 inch. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
I'm sketching something similar for the tailwheel...

I'm sketching something similar for the tailwheel but it is a pinned clam shell.

**********

needs a side bar with a hinge and a pin to trap the tailwheel.... a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
send me a sketch or photo of your idea for a...

send me a sketch or photo of your idea for a cover.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
drilled steel spacer ID

seemed to work fine. 10 minute job. jaws float on the drill press surface so the drill self centers in the hole.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20211106_164405.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
P680 battery tray

I haven't printed one of these in awhile but I may also need one if I switch from my Concorde battery. tray weight = 3.5 oz ( .22 lb or 99...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2021, 02:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
Mcmaster-Carr steel spacers

these are the Mcmaster-Carr spacers. I'll but these in a floating vise on the drill press and open the ID to .254 inch.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/DSCN5478.JPG
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
ah, the trailing edge is usually the critical...

ah, the trailing edge is usually the critical portion.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
correction

this location uses AN4 bolts so need to drill the ID of these spacers but still close.

perhaps mcmaster-carr 92415A053 is closer and then drill the ID for the AN4...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
thx for the heads up on this Brian

thx for the heads up on this Brian
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
Larry, the Mcmaster-Carr spacers are an exact...

Larry, the Mcmaster-Carr spacers are an exact match to Van's dwg. I can order several and send some along to you if you wish. Steve
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
are these a good...

are these a good fit?

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/spacers.PNG
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, I'll take a set.

yes, I'll take a set.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-05-2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By Steve Melton
OK, I stand corrected. hey, fix those door...

OK, I stand corrected. hey, fix those door latches.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 05:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
OK. I'll add this to the update plan. thx, Steve

OK. I'll add this to the update plan. thx, Steve
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
mine are probably scooping a lot of air.

mine are probably scooping a lot of air.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 09:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
I think the main source of the trouble is the...

I think the main source of the trouble is the landing impact loads and maybe to a lesser degree taxi on a rough surface. impact loads make fasteners do crazy things that you would not believe. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
I don't have shimmy just the fairing mounting...

I don't have shimmy just the fairing mounting bolts around the axle becoming loose over time.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
that was what I was planning to do. do you still...

that was what I was planning to do. do you still require periodic fastener tightening around the axel support bolts?

adding dead weight invalidates the concept of total performance in my mind.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Melton
Balanced main wheel pant?

Each 400 hrs I notice I have a slight play in the aft end of my wheel pants. I am able to tighten the axle bolts to remove the play but I suspect they will just become loose again over time. I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By Steve Melton
there could be some gear geometry issue. this...

there could be some gear geometry issue. this test was to understand if I could move the wear the opposite side.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-04-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By Steve Melton
but what if you forget to look at your canopy...

but what if you forget to look at your canopy indicating light or it has a malfunction. better to put the canopy closed check in your checklist twice in different places and always follow the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By Steve Melton
tire wear - landing style

In mid Sept I took a look at my tires and noted the pilot side had more wear. I concluded that since we usually have a wind from the Southwest I was landing predominantly on the left wheel. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
fake website

I see someone has gone to the trouble to copy one of my websites. If you order from this site don't send me an email and say I didn't get my part. this website is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,708
Posted By Steve Melton
I still practice this procedure in the hangar. ...

I still practice this procedure in the hangar.

some would also say the the first thing to do is turn towards the nearest airport at best glide speed. I argue that I can execute this procedure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,708
Posted By Steve Melton
engine loosing power: mixture rich, switch tanks,...

engine loosing power: mixture rich, switch tanks, fuel pump ON, carb heat ON, throttle up, check mags. it's difficult to recognize when engine trouble comes on slowly but the actions should be the...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,222
Posted By Steve Melton
several yrs ago around Cleveland on a rainy Fall...

several yrs ago around Cleveland on a rainy Fall day I had a fogged over windshield on the ground and kept wiping it with a towel during taxi. after takeoff it all cleared, quickly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
I demonstrated how the chock follows the nose...

I demonstrated how the chock follows the nose wheel when rotated and locks the nose wheel in place in all orientations to a couple neighbors today. the next test is how does it perform in actual...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
wheel chock - larger clamp handle

taller handle, adjusted chisel and spacing. dialing it in.

hanging out at Cincy West today. you wonder about the story behind this 150? what a shame. I learned to fly in Kansas in one of these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
wheel chock video

not sure if this will work.

https://app.photobucket.com/u/semelton500/p/68b34b0d-bfab-41f4-8404-b50dea3ce063
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
[QUOTE=Vlad;1565108]That's a nice one Steve! That...

[QUOTE=Vlad;1565108]That's a nice one Steve! That might still stay on the same spot when snow melts from the tail :D

a wet snow with automatic wing snow dump. I like it!

************

for a 1 lb...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
wheel chock rope clamp

some testing for these wheel chocks with the new rope clamp. I am using a slick .25 inch nylon rope. pull the rope tight and drop it in the clamp. the rope was very easy to drop in and clamp. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
Cowl inlet air dams

I taped my oil cooler and installed the small cowl inlet air dams. Comparing the data to my last flight, same altitude and power but slightly cooler OAT with the Winter config. I think blocking my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
wheel chock rope clamp

squeezing it into a small space. the mechanized wheel chock. it's crazy....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1,996
Views: 621,897
Posted By Steve Melton
wheel chock rope clamp

a concept for the small nose wheel chock. I have no idea of the optimal rope contact clamp geometry. at this point I am just trying to bend the rope. the plan is to use 5/16 cord (7mm) for these. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,592
Posted By Steve Melton
send a note to Van's and ask for their corrosion...

send a note to Van's and ask for their corrosion limits and min thicknesses after corrosion removal.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 1,976
Views: 1,352,338
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I think you got this right. Wow!

yep, I think you got this right. Wow!
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