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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 11:54 PM
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Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, and it started from nothing. just a...

yes, and it started from nothing. just a thought. you really need to be addicted to aviation to do this. I can think of worse things!

but then again, I tell the young guys, "I'm the guy your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:24 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
another wheel chock

OK. here's the result. it really is in the details. it rolls on perfectly to a nice tight grip. the low angle set the chock. the ridges set the grip. it surpassed my dreaming of the perfect...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
another wheel chock

I'm having some fun here looking at these. the idea is to have the tire engage the chock slightly to press it to the pavement before running up on the chock small graduated ridges. you want a low...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 538
Posted By Steve Melton
this plane is speaking to me.

this plane is speaking to me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
another wheel chock

I was wondering if I could get a better grip if my wheel chocks were contoured to the tire. I run 40 to 50 psi on the mains and that makes a low angle for the tire to pavement intersection and my 45...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
RV6 model

this is not my model and I am just beginning to look it over but early stages of the review appear promising. I am beginning to feel blown away by the detail. the heavy modeling work was done in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Latch sliding release

a couple of people have asked what the sliding release looks like inside. here is a cross section view. the spring is trapped inside, very compact, try doing that with injection molding :) . it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

this dock is complete. upon first article inspection I found a couple things. the biggest finding is I did not allow for the Garmin mount pop out portion when the release lever is pressed. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2020, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
new prop gov is ON

PCU5000X, group buy. these oil drain cups kept it clean during the install. I think I'll keep them around. big boy on the left not offered yet, but will be....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
the blanket was a good solution. it trapped the...

the blanket was a good solution. it trapped the part at failure, load at failure was 570 lb as witnessed by the young fuel truck operator.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Magnet fully recessed - drain cup

another option to test today. it may find a use for getting close. using multiple magnets and having the texture of the print with the epoxy bonding locks the magnets in place. the magnets are very...
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,995
Posted By Steve Melton
water is different than air primarily because of...

water is different than air primarily because of water surface tension property.... and you can drink water.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
prop gov

getting a new prop gov. group buy. using magnetic drain cups, two at a time, one also at the filter. very strong magnet, actually five individual small magnets in there, locked with epoxy resin....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
good suggestion, the rope acts like a bow string....

good suggestion, the rope acts like a bow string. parts flying and banging off the sides of the hangar walls. I may try putting a blanket on it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
working to achieve a better blended surface...

working to achieve a better blended surface transition on the sides then need to do a fit check.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

this 760 dock is the first dock printed and I am having trouble finding anything to adjust but I'll keep checking over the next several days during first article inspection. this one has the .25...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
a finding

several weeks ago I posted some strength test results of a RV12 rudder pedal extension made of nylon / carbon fiber. the results were 320 lb across the weakest axis. before I broke the test setup...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

contact is made. hopefully, it prints well.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap9.png

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap10.PNG
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-30-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,792
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, my concern but if the basics are there.....

yes, my concern but if the basics are there.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,248
Posted By Steve Melton
your good decision making keeps you in the game. ...

your good decision making keeps you in the game. I force myself to use a checklist every time, even if it is just a taxi across the field. reading every line is settling, changes your mindset and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-30-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,792
Posted By Steve Melton
I am tempted. What could I do with it? 1....

I am tempted. What could I do with it?

1. Simple flutter analysis
2. Load analysis
3. Layout work for the cockpit, airframe and engine
4. Dynamic analysis of the landing gear
5. CG...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

on the home stretch for this dock. hey, I have two days remaining to meet the one week deadline. getting closer to making contact from the slider to the release lever, the red areas. I need Calif...
Forum: Steam Gauges 06-30-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 889
Posted By Steve Melton
this is a good thought. when I replace my 2-1/4"...

this is a good thought. when I replace my 2-1/4" 20K altimeter it will be with a 10K version. although, one time I exceeded 20K and my electrical system failed because of sleepy human error, turned...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,319
Posted By Steve Melton
Pierre, congrats on a good long flying career in...

Pierre, congrats on a good long flying career in a challenging AG environment. a similar thing happened to a local guy at HAO. it's a tough one. I have always enjoyed your posts. a thoughtful...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-29-2020, 10:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,792
Posted By Steve Melton
a lot of talent there. find this man a job.

a lot of talent there. find this man a job.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
RV9 flap bracket fairing install

A nice job installing these by a neighbor behind me. I think he liked the project. It didn't take him long. Looking for some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,407
Posted By Steve Melton
for me, smoke oil would be a step on the Ego...

for me, smoke oil would be a step on the Ego staircase. recognize it and you will be fine. Neil Armstrong was a humble man.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 panel dock: after a nights sleep, I...

Garmin 760 panel dock: after a nights sleep, I think I'll try a different route with this and try a spring loaded sliding release latch while using the Garmin latch system mounted inside the dock. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Glareshield cloth seam cover

Steve Ingraham's idea. He said it needs to be longer so I made a version for that. this is the short version installed. it rides up some on the forward side, on the seam. Perhaps the longer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

I think what I'm going to do is make a panel dock for this and not allow for the current bulky connection style in order to minimize the panel dock size. obviously, it's not going to work with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 760 Panel Dock

I was pleased to receive a GARMIN 760 for a panel dock fit but after review of the hardwire connection to the unit I was disappointed that Garmin did not configure this connection for minimum size a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2020, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Oil Filter Adapter Drain Cup

I tested this funnel with the lower cowl on. it seems to work. when spinning the filter the the magnet stays attached but rotates slightly to the side but a hand can keep it centered. when it was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
iFLY 740 Series GPS Panel Dock

I received an order for one of these yesterday. it's leaving today. accurate outer dimensions within 0.002 inch. perfectly square and no warping as with some injection molded parts. this one has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Load testing, RV-12 Rudder Pedal Extensions

I wanted to understand the load capability of these extensions so I purchased a cable winch. the problem with the winch is that is doesn't have a fine adjustment for precise loading. the good thing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Oil Filter Adapter Drain Cup

I have an RV9 with constant speed prop and an oil line than is close to the oil adapter. the prop gov cable bracket is also there so it's a busy space. the oil filter drain needs to be small enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Smile Glareshield cloth seam cover

seems as if we have a good fit to cover the seam.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_0040.jpg

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_0039.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2020, 10:23 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Oil Filter Adapter Drain Cup

a compact design using a strong...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
it does flex perfectly around the canopy brace...

it does flex perfectly around the canopy brace but I wasn't able to seat it because of all of the GPS antenna's and other stuff on the glare shield in the test vehicle. so, remaining is to test the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2020, 11:00 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Oil Filter Drain Cup

testing another version for those than cannot fit the oil drain cup to the filter adapter because of clearance to oil lines or other items. this one slides under and then attaches to the filter with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-12 Rudder Pedal Extensions

test fit is complete on these and we are satisfied with the results. long distance test fit requires detailed communication and I was fortunate to work with such an individual. I appreciate the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By Steve Melton
thin proseal with a small amount of acetone and...

thin proseal with a small amount of acetone and pressurize it from the outside. no vacuum on the inside of the tank. press down with about 50 lb of force on the syringe. the sanded flat on the...
Forum: GPS 06-16-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,844
Posted By Steve Melton
this is repeatable. same offset from runway...

this is repeatable. same offset from runway centerline. calm winds. I'll check it again in the Winter, perhaps they change the GPS WAAS shift from time to time to keep us on our toes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2020, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Glareshield cloth seam cover

working this for someone to make neat and tidy. hopefully it will flex around the canopy brace....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By Steve Melton
a neighbor spent about a year chasing a similar...

a neighbor spent about a year chasing a similar oil leak. it turned out to be a pin hole in the oil adapter casting itself. the pin hole in the adapter casting was on the lower right side, aft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Completed and on the market. A simply big...

Completed and on the market. A simply big beautiful part with a good strong grip. Perfect.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-13-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By Steve Melton
I added them 2 yrs later. I think they help to...

I added them 2 yrs later. I think they help to dampen the gear somewhat. Could I have lived without them, yes. If you feel vibration in the mains, check the wheel balance firstly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
thx Steve, OK, I'm going to give up posting...

thx Steve, OK, I'm going to give up posting until Potobucket revives but you may be able to see the photo here:https://www.rvplasticparts.com/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
RV10/14 flap bracket fairing

still kicking this around. needs some flight testing. it should look good installed. 3 degree built in angle for reflex. unlike the RV9 flap fairing bracket, this one moves with the flap. it's a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
thx Carl, I'm struggling with Photobucket photos...

thx Carl, I'm struggling with Photobucket photos (they said they have a new improved system so you know it could be down for awhile) so I'm trying something else. Hopefully, it works now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Oil Filter Adapter Drain Cup

kicking this idea around for a clip-on drain cup to catch the remaining oil. needs product testing. connects to 1/2 inch vinyl tubing. perhaps the tubing size could be larger. currently the grip...
Forum: GPS 06-08-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,844
Posted By Steve Melton
a test

first of all, I don't recommend this. In order to see how well the autopilot and GPS work together I landed with autopilot on and two fingers on the stick to control the flare at my home airport...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
GARMIN 696 on deck

I received a GARMIN 696 for a FREE custom fit panel dock. Turn time should be about a week.
Forum: Autopilots 06-06-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,486
Posted By Steve Melton
my Trio EZ pilot settings: course = 3, track...

my Trio EZ pilot settings: course = 3, track =5, pull in = 15, course rate turn = 3 deg / sec.

edit: pull in later adjusted to 11.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2020, 08:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,124
Posted By Steve Melton
it's a light weight solution and I like that, but...

it's a light weight solution and I like that, but if it's not done properly then problems can arise. do you really want to gamble with the trim connection?
Forum: GPS 06-06-2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,844
Posted By Steve Melton
the lines are blurring between a panel mount and...

the lines are blurring between a panel mount and screwed in install. the only time the stick was touched for lateral control was for takeoff and landing. when will the FAA allow dockables to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,124
Posted By Steve Melton
a friend of mine used this method but the heat...

a friend of mine used this method but the heat shrink wore away and the pins came into contact and shorted. so, if you use this method rather than a purpose built connector be aware of the failure...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,806
Posted By Steve Melton
agreed. my original belt has been on 7 yrs and...

agreed. my original belt has been on 7 yrs and looks new. I have a B&C alternator.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-05-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,373
Posted By Steve Melton
seems erratic, could be another Earl.

seems erratic, could be another Earl.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2020, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 500 series panel dock

Working this since I have a GARMIN 510. Dimensions are 6.250 x 4.250 to fit into a standard radio stack. Custom outer dimension sizes available to fit to an existing cutout if desired. Option for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2020, 06:05 AM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 349,339
Posted By Steve Melton
RV10/14 flap bracket fairing

beginning to work this to see what is possible. I'm not sure the photo will post because photobucket is having one of their moments....
Forum: RV-10 06-04-2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,053
Posted By Steve Melton
I like looking at tools. the Bosch drill press...

I like looking at tools. the Bosch drill press appears to be a work of art.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-04-2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,373
Posted By Steve Melton
there have been several people killed by prop...

there have been several people killed by prop strike while timing mags. pull one spark plug from each cylinder before beginning.
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