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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,350
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

My Early model RV4 weighed 915Lbs with no fuel or oil when the FAA DE looked at the scales during my inspection. Rather than any cool building shortcuts, I simply did without as my wallet was...
Forum: Texas (North) 01-01-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 561
Posted By smokyray
Plain Vinyl Wrapper

Hey Greg,
The best guys I have seen are in ATL but they advertise traveling to your location.
Worth an email...

Forum: RV-4 01-01-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 340,361
Posted By smokyray
Aereo Quattro

Forum: RV-3 12-30-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,081
Posted By smokyray
Enough Stuff..

Hey Rog,
While building my RV4 in the late 90's I shared a hangar with a Squadron mate who owned a very early RV3. It had an 0-235 with a Sterba Wood climb prop, very little accessories and VERY...
Forum: RV-4 12-24-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,205
Posted By smokyray
Four is more...

I built my Four back in the Jurassic period when it was the highest RV number and Van still worked out of his garage in North Plains. I had never even seen a real one (RV4) as I was stationed...
Forum: ADS-B 12-21-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,317
Posted By smokyray
Amen brother.

As a former terrorist hunter/killer I appreciate your service and candor, couldn’t agree more.
Privacy is still an inalienable right guaranteed in the Constitution. My ADSB solution? Its...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-14-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,543
Posted By smokyray
Four is more....

Hey Frank,
Many moons ago while flying my HR2 a guy let me fly his HR1. (1 of 3 flying). In a word, Wow, here is what I was looking for 30 years ago when I built my Four!
Whoa horsy, the modded kit,...
Forum: RV-4 12-13-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,307
Posted By smokyray
Cool it will ya...

I built my Four back when it was the highest model Van offered and T-Rex's roamed the taxiways and DR hadn't even conceived this site yet! (but had a great Yahoo chat group). The thinking then...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-05-2019, 07:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,915
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

I appreciate your candor and sense of weight awareness seemingly lost these days given most new RV's equipment lists.
Both my RV4 and RV6X weigh less than 950 lbs mainly due to doing without,...
Forum: Rocket 12-05-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,079
Posted By smokyray
Long Legs

Hey Danny,
My HR2's original fairings were home made and full of stress cracks from landing on my rough turf home strip and eventually rendered combat ineffective.
I contacted F1 Boss Mark and he...
Forum: RV-4 11-28-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,226
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

I was Craig’s first RV 2 blade beta test customer on my 150HP RV4 back in the early 90’s (68/68) Later I would test three more of his props including my current Gen II 2-blade prototype on my...
Forum: Propellers 11-27-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,255
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

Being from the Jurassic RV generation where the only props available were made from trees, I am “feeling Your pain” on RPM. Like everything in life, props on a RVs are a compromise. I’ve...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,245
Posted By smokyray
Short answer, mo HP!

Hey Scott,
The H2AD despite all it's bad press is a great bargain engine and best of all it's a Wide Deck 0-320. This means the case through bolts and cylinder base attach points are strong enough to...
Forum: RV-4 11-21-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 395
Views: 279,970
Posted By smokyray
Nicely done...

Awesome Frank, especially given how much of your time is spent making props!
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-21-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 518
Posted By smokyray

Very interested, PM sent.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,462
Posted By smokyray
Yea Verily

My RV6X sports an 0-360J2A (Robbie R22)
Helicopter engines vary based on HP, installation and service life. The cool part is some actually are rated higher HP than their aircraft counterparts due to...
Forum: RV-4 11-19-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By smokyray
Hey Stew, Had alot of requests for pics of my my...

Hey Stew,
Had alot of requests for pics of my my original "battery box baggage" setup in my RV4 The Bandit from (back in 97'). Hinged at front, cabinet latch at rear, holds oil, canopy cover, tools,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-13-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,006
Posted By smokyray
Green Slime

Safely stop the airplane on the prepared surface, then determine whether you can taxi. If on grass, good luck. I just helped clear an RV7 from an access road taxiway using a combination of portable...
Forum: ADS-B 11-11-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,317
Posted By smokyray
Need to know...

Yes, a positive, albeit surprising step.
Their real adventure will be trying to track (and penalize) Non-ADSB compliant flyers who simply refuse to install it and operate on the fringes of "required...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-02-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,508
Posted By smokyray
NGK? Not so much.

I bought Jeff Rose's first 0-320 Electroair system for my RV4 back in 94'. Since then my HR2 and current RV6X use both a P-Mag and a EI system. In all these years NGK is my least favorite plug...
Forum: RV-4 11-01-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,260
Posted By smokyray
Size matters...

Short answer, yes.
The RV4 and 6 VS and HS will mix and match, but require the corresponding Elev and Rudder as well. My RV6X actually has RV4 wings and tail(VS/HS) mated to a Six fuselage and flies...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,153
Posted By smokyray
In a word: Durango

Yup, up to CO and back, the flying collection of spare RV projects parts brought together by Divine intervention I call “The RVX” once again delivered. 1500 miles of gorgeous US ofA drifted beneath...
Forum: Reviews 09-24-2019, 02:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 351
Posted By smokyray
Air-Tec Starters-Dick Waters

Way back in the early 90’s I reached the 90% done, 90% to go stage on my RV4 build project. I needed to purchase a Lycoming starter and alternator that were reasonably priced, lightweight and...
Forum: Propellers 09-16-2019, 03:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,156
Posted By smokyray
The answer is....

The answer is yes.
Keep the prop like it is and make the spacer match by drilling it out and using 7/16 bolts from Saber or whomever you choose. Bushings on a wood prop won’t work over...
Forum: Propellers 09-11-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,093
Posted By smokyray
Constant Speeeeeed....

Great question, one that has been multum disputatum on this site in the past. :) My Dad owned a 65HP 1945 Taylorcraft BC12D and shared a hanger with a 1946 65HP Luscombe 8A. The 8A ragwing was...
Forum: Propellers 09-10-2019, 03:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 617
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up....

I had a Sterba on my RV4 and owned Kenny’s Sonerai previously. The bolt size denotes the torque value and the 7/16” bolts on the 0-320 should be 19-23 ft lbs. Here is a wood prop torque value...
Forum: Rocket 09-07-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,946
Posted By smokyray

Glad to see your Rocket back as well!
I too installed a set of Mark's F-1 leg fairings back in 05' that held up well on my rough turf strip and never cracked.
My stock Harmon cowling cooled...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-06-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,370
Posted By smokyray
Cool it...

Hey Vern,
Mag blast tubes are necessary as the max operating temp recommended by Slick is 190F with Bendix at 200F. Blast tubes rob very little airflow from your plenum and are effective, without...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 490
Posted By smokyray
Midland TX visit

Flew the RVX to Midland TX this morning to visit the grandkids. Gave them a choice of going to the movies or swimming. They chose the pool, turned out to be providential. The movie we had planned to...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-30-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,829
Posted By smokyray
Why TBI?

As you well know, Throttle Body Injection goes way back to early engines and auto racing. The Wright Flyer engines actually have a rudimentary TBI on them.
Tuning the mixture is simply rotating...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-28-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,829
Posted By smokyray

I received this from Ellison literally an hour after my query...

Hi Smokey,

I have responded to him on each email. For whatever reason emailing over to Germany does not work. I get a message...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-28-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,829
Posted By smokyray

Wie Gehts Klaus!
I had an Ellison TBI on both my RV6 (0-320A) and my Sonerai II (1835ccVW).
I sent both back to Ellison for overhaul with the exact same issue you are having. My only recourse was...
Forum: RV-4 08-20-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,028
Posted By smokyray
Four is more

I built my light, basic unpainted 925lb, 150HP wood propped non inverted fuel/oil Four while flying F16's in Japan many moons ago. This was before the Six prototype had even flown. Since then...
Forum: RV-4 08-19-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Posted By smokyray
The Cure

I have performed this chore several times on my Four and my HR2.
I built a “low workbench” 3 ft above the shop floor 15’x5’ with 2x6’ legs at each corner and 1 in the center with 1” plywood...
Forum: RV-4 08-19-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,036
Posted By smokyray
Crack me up...

As mentioned above, the vinyl-ester early cowls like the one I received in 1989 in my RV4 finishing kit are crack prone for certain. Thirty years later the battle continues.
Over the years I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 111,350
Posted By smokyray
In Hot...

Yessir, Dare county range, been there done that as well...
Strafing fouls notwithstanding...:)

Thanks for sharing...
Forum: RV-4 08-13-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,793
Posted By smokyray
Four is more...

As a 6A builder the Four will be an “easy peasy” inspection.
I am a Jurassic Four builder, having began cobbling mine together while Reagan was president! Van actually answered the phone in...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 22,086
Posted By smokyray
RV Whatever...

Being a Jurassic RV4 builder from a pre-internet, pre pre-drilled RV kit era, economical high performance sport aircraft back then was Vans forte’. My finished RV4 was a marvel; 925lbs, 150 Knot...
Forum: Rocket 07-31-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,000
Posted By smokyray
Cheap Insurance...

I shopped around for insurance for my HR2 back in 2005. I received quotes from various and sundry agencies, my best quote from a company that is no longer in business. With less than 200 flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,154
Posted By smokyray
Four ever...

The picture of the Vans prototype RV4 was what I used as a guide/motivator back in the 80's' when I bought my RV4 tail kit as there were few RVs flying and none nearby. The RV3 was the only other...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-18-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,036
Posted By smokyray
It's a drag...

Hey Jimmy,
On both my RV's and my HR2 I wanted as little as possible sticking out in the breeze as every little bit helps when it comes to drag.
That said, as mentioned above, GPS antennas can be...
Forum: RV-4 07-18-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By smokyray
Cold neck

First, welcome to the RV-4-UM!
I built my Four back in 95' and started test flying it during the hot, muggy summer months in the South us locals call, dog days.
Hot personified.
Canopy leaks...
Forum: Rocket 07-17-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,470
Posted By smokyray
Keep it simple...

I flew my HR2 for 6 years and nearly 1000 hours. Landings were primarily on my home turf strip or pavement when away from home. My home strip was short (1700') and rough.
Over many hours I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,046
Posted By smokyray
Inside out....

I too am a 25+ year RV builder/pilot and all that originally on the premise of budgetary spending. Or more appropriately Vans "most bang for buck"
To live outside much depends on the part of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,097
Posted By smokyray
“Piece”of mind...

As an A&P I agree with the parts analysis and tear down recommendations.
You sure don’t want it to get quiet over the Rockies or big lake or worse, loaded up on takeoff with no options.
My 50...
Forum: ADS-B 07-03-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,035
Posted By smokyray
Cleared for the option...

As mentioned above, much depends on your location and your mission. I personally don’t plan to install it right away. I fly in required airspace for my day job and don’t need do it in my spare time....
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-01-2019, 05:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,026
Posted By smokyray
Speed O’ Light...

The RV series in stock configuration will, properly rigged, faired and propped render roughly 1 Knot cruise speed per HP. This holds true up to 175Knots where an aerodynamic wall emerges that...
Forum: RV-4 06-25-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,895
Posted By smokyray
Crack me up...

Hey Dick,
Pretty common issue on most Fours, most of the originals being over 40 years old. The firewall isn't structural so stop drilling the SS sheet is acceptable however comma, the aluminum...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-25-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,027
Posted By smokyray
Size matters...

You could forego the adapters and thread a set of Denso L-14U or Autolite 386's right into the hole, no worries...

Forum: Propellers 06-25-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,116
Posted By smokyray
Dollars and sense...

Gorgeous and I am certain, impressive prop.
However comma, it's hard to justify spending more $$ on a propeller than my used 0-360J, Catto and panel cost combined!

Forum: RV-4 06-21-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,258
Posted By smokyray
The Spinner stops here....

I can also highly recommend the Catto CF spinner, perfect fit on my RV4 and very well made. Specify the diameter as the old vinylester cowls are smaller diameter.
As far as...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-19-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,841
Posted By smokyray
Not to reason...

Glad U like them but...
I never liked adapters, so I use Denso L14U or Autolite 386 plugs. 25 years on they still work great on my Electroair/ P-Mag's and thread right in.
Forum: Rocket 06-14-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,887
Posted By smokyray
Locked up...

Bellisimo Claudio, one of the slickest, most simple canopy locks seen to date.
Nicely done!

PS: Unfortunately, the residents of the neighborhoods/Airports I frequent would simply cut or...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,333
Posted By smokyray
Cool Wing Men...

Great Photo Jim!
I too was blessed to fly an amazing Jet for nearly 25 years (F16C), survive numerous trips and patrols over Bad Guy land and fly alongside some of the greatest aviators on the...
Forum: RV-4 05-29-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,716
Posted By smokyray
Your Four...

Nicely done Chris!
Your expertise as an aircraft painter is intuitively obvious! Great looking Four and glad to see another one flying!

PS: I enlisted the help of an expert like yourself...
Forum: RV-3 05-29-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,014
Posted By smokyray
Three 4 Me?

My first RV flight was in an early RV3. It belonged to an F16 squadron bro who knew I was building a RV4. I flew it alot and to this day believe it to be the purest Sport Plane of the breed. However...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-09-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 858
Posted By smokyray
Old School Aileron Trim Tab

Anybody out there sporting the old school Van's Electric Aileron (movable) Trim tab they formerly sold for the RV4/6/8?
If so, could you post a pic of the installed tab on the aileron with the...
Forum: Safety 04-26-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,201
Posted By smokyray
Be prepared...

Last time I counted I had crossed the Pacific 12 times and the Atlantic twice that amount, all in a single engine Jet (F16) and mostly over very cold water (icebergs notwithstanding) enroute to a...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-26-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,391
Posted By smokyray
Tacos De Pescado Por Favor!

Good advice above joining the Baja Pilots assn. I flew a Cessna 180 with 24” AK Bushwheels the length of Baja twice avoiding pavement and “facilities”.
Some items of note:
1. Carry a gallon...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,303
Posted By smokyray
Tight Squeeze?

First, thanks for your service. I built my RV4 in the shop of my late friend "AP", (retired Green Beret) located on his NW FL farm. His adjacent "runway" was 1180' from the trees to the edge...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-19-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,097
Posted By smokyray
Light em’ up!

I love my Z-Tron Labs LED strobe/pos lites, a lot of bang for reasonable bucks. However, like Aeroflash, Ztron has been offline for sometime now.
When they fail I’m considering these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 758
Views: 494,040
Posted By smokyray
Pot O Gold... (
Staniel Cay

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