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Forum: RV-4 Yesterday, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By smokyray
Thoughts are free....

My first F-16 instructor's description of flying the airplane...:)

Each to his own I suppose although I used to tell my kids "before calling someone dorky, look in the mirror."...
Forum: RV-4 10-16-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By smokyray
Head games...

At 5"10" my RV4 seat height with 3" cushions was tailor made for me. However, I have assisted several "Height challenged" 4 Bros with the same tricks mentioned above.
You can even recline...
Forum: RV-4 10-14-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up...

I would go with the Prince as it’s very durable (composite) and I found (9 props tested) 68-69” diameter is ideal for turf, gravel or rough pavement on my short gear Four. Lonnie Prince also...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-06-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By smokyray
See the light...

As you know, more than one way to skin a cat, especially exterior lights.
Here is the link to the FAA regs Whelen posts on their site....
Forum: Propellers 10-05-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By smokyray
RV Quote of the year...

For me (and many others) either.
Well said...
Speaking of costs, Fast Fwd to 3:11
Forum: RV-4 10-05-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,407
Posted By smokyray
Can it be true?

As a Jurassic RV4 builder who remembers drilling (and dimpling) alot of holes I am for once, speechless...:)
Say it isn't so...

Forum: Reviews 10-05-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 733
Posted By smokyray

Not surprised.
Lance purchased my RV6"X" several years ago. From our first correspondence to my re-purchasing my RVX back from him several years later, my two word summation of the experience...
Forum: Propellers 10-05-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute!

Here is one idea on ELT antenna placement, "LL" (Judoka on VAF) came up with. As Forrest said: I like it...alot.:)
Forum: Propellers 10-05-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

All of the above replies are good solutions.
Sam@Saber fabricated my aluminum prop shaft extension (spacer) on my RV6X's 0-360J for the Catto 2 blade Gen2 it currently sports. I installed...
Forum: Safety 10-04-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,323
Posted By smokyray
ELT for me?

The FAA regulation (91.207) below has exemptions listed to the requirements section as well a list of 406MHZ PLB's that can be used in lieu of an ELT if you fly solo, or are engaging in...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,407
Posted By smokyray
Sharp as a tack...

Man, all these years and I thought it stood for "Standard Kit"
Learn something every day...:)

Forum: RV-6/6A 10-02-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,272
Posted By smokyray
Over the Top...

Several good posts above.
Bottom line, after 25 years of positive G (non inverted fuel/oil) aerobatics in my RV4/HR2 and RVX plus a few years (25) in the F16, my advice? (like you've heard...
Forum: RV-4 09-30-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up....

The boost pump is specific for Fuel Injection but attainable easily otherwise. It's not a deal breaker, just trying to save you a few $$$.
The IO-320 with the Bendix Servo will accept...
Forum: RV-4 09-29-2018, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up...

Uitstekend Hans!
I assisted a friend installing the Decathlon engine/prop combo you mention onto an RV4 with no mods many years ago and it worked very well. The blade shape on this particular...
Forum: RV-4 09-29-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By smokyray
Four Power!

I built my RV4 25 years ago when there was much more FWF Experimentation taking place than now. I've seen numerous plug and play FWF from certified airplanes that worked well and saved...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-27-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,676
Posted By smokyray
Back to the future...

I have to admit, as a three time RV builder and A&P I have always been leery of auto conversions.
Why? They were never engineered to run at 75% power for extended periods, front crankshaft bearings...
Forum: RV-4 09-24-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Posted By smokyray
Spinner doctor....

Wait till he gets back with it, then use the broken one as a pattern if there’s anything left. Vans sells 12” RV4 spinners on their accessories link. Lonnie Prince also sells fitted 12” RV4...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-21-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,245
Posted By smokyray
The Dance...

Gday Pete,
Have to agree as well. Having a couple of grand in the Scout myself, the RV is a pussycat tail dragger.
The Pitts S1A in a crosswind on pavement however, is a salsa dance...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-18-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 892
Posted By smokyray
EI EI O....

I bought one of Jeff Rose's first Electroair systems back in the early 90's for my 0-320A powered RV4 and used his stock automotive wires with Autolite 386 automotive plugs with no radio noise...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-18-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,172
Posted By smokyray
Jettison of the aircraft...

Short answer (having attempted opening it inflight as low as 60 KIAS) NO. The slider canopy could be easily modified to jettison.
I don't know of any successful RV bailouts and I've been around...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-17-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,939
Posted By smokyray
Slime and break dancing...


1.Okay, you were able to remove the wheel but how did you get the tire off the two rim halves without a tire brake? Or did you?

Yessir, the way I always have, I place a wooden block under...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-17-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,939
Posted By smokyray
Slime in time...

Thanks for posting, a very frustrating find for sure.
Years ago it happened to me in the heart of the Idaho back-country on a remote USFS dirt strip (U72) in my RV4. Not a great place for...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-04-2018, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 895
Posted By smokyray
That thing Turbo-charged?

Yup, sorta...


PS: Hit the search tab above, most any question has already been me. :)
Forum: Rocket 09-04-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,471
Posted By smokyray
No comparison...

I owned my early model HR2 for 4 wonderful, fun, adventurous albeit expensive years. Having flown just about every iteration of the RV8 except the Six banger, there is no comparison.
The HR2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,757
Posted By smokyray
An RV...RV!

My buddy DR brings up a much maligned point, one shared by many of us "back-country" RVer's.
Why not an RV-Bush Plane? If you build it, they will come...

My vote?
Something like...
Forum: RV-4 08-14-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 57,269
Posted By smokyray
Tough Mudder

Vern, glad the RT's and your James pants worked, but my whole reason (and anyone else) for installing 380's is the wider footprint on soft ground. Reason is, they work. They also improve handling on...
Forum: Propellers 08-14-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,824
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

I bolted Craig's first 2 blade RV prop on my RV4 in 1998 to assist in testing and getting the word out to other RVers at that time.
Twenty years later my current RVX sports Craig's third iteration 2...
Forum: RV-4 08-14-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 57,269
Posted By smokyray
Sam's Club

My HR2 had Sam James Pants on it when I bought it. When I converted to Rocket to the 380's, I attempted to retrofit and modify the SJ pants but they were too narrow, shallow and would have...
Forum: Rocket 08-06-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 823
Posted By smokyray
Winging it...

I've owned and rebuilt a early HR2, built a 4 and installed a set of modified RV4 wings on an RV6 fuselage.(I call it the RVX) As so eloquently mentioned above, the RV4/6 HR2 wing ribs, skin...
Forum: RV-4 08-06-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,925
Posted By smokyray
See the Light...

Thanks for the informative posts.
My RV4 and RVX have Bob Olds landing lights which use good old WalMart Square plastic automotive halogen headlights. The originals still work after 20+...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,517
Posted By smokyray
Four-ward CG...

Good considerations. I finished my RV4 25 years ago after reading a magazine ad from Vans touting "Total Performance." The plans back then were pretty specific concerning aft CG and Aft of...
Forum: RV-4 08-02-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,975
Posted By smokyray
Holey Cowl

As mentioned above, Van's has made several different cowl iterations for the Ah-Vee-Four over the years.
Initially, the old vinyl-ester cowls most of us original builders dealt with came...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-19-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,147
Posted By smokyray
Class Act

Several years ago a neighbor built an intentionally very light Bearhawk and queried me as to what power plant I would choose. The IO-540 C4B5 was suggested by myself but my neighbor went one step...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-02-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,289
Posted By smokyray

I've been using Air-Tec starters and Alts on my (2 RV's & Rocket) for 20+ years. Great Alternators, internal reg, strong brackets and gave me 1000+ hours.
They're a FL company (my home...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-29-2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,314
Posted By smokyray
Cool it...

I mounted my RV4's oil cooler in the exact same spot. After several iterations it was the optimum cooling for SE USA heat and humidity. 190 in summer, 175-180 in winter.

22 years later...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-28-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,519
Posted By smokyray
Ball and chain...

Nicely done Vlad...and thanks for sharing the awesome pics.
Like you, I was blessed to fly fast pointy airplanes once upon a time and got to fly the length of the Aleutians one rare, clear blue day...
Forum: RV-3 06-12-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,290
Posted By smokyray
Good Call...

Good Call.
I have tried literally every Tailwheel option on my 2 RV's and HR2 over 25 years of abuse.
After being a die hard API TW fan, I bought a lightweight TW and SE Fork for my HR2 from...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-07-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 947
Posted By smokyray
It depends...

F-16 Fighter Weapons School standard answer: It depends...

Good link from Gil above. My "RVX" numbers are included in his thread in my post.
When you ask about RPM/Speed numbers in an RV,...
Forum: RV-4 06-06-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 57,269
Posted By smokyray
Big Un's...

Good call Bruce!
I am certain you will be glad you made the swap. I have found after 10 years of "use and abuse" that the 380's way outperform the 500X5's on my (former) Rocket and my (current) RVX....
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-01-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 124,427
Posted By smokyray
Take the Highway...

Vlad you madman, nicely done!
Your post brought back memories of a 90's jaunt in my 65HP Taylorcraft to a MT highway landing at Chico Hot Springs. At that time the Resort...
Forum: Flight Testing 05-31-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,976
Posted By smokyray

Actually, by my standard you are a bit over-pitched.
First, the 2700 RPM "limit" on Lycomings was placed there for certified engines many years ago by the factory. Subsequently it was signed...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-30-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,618
Posted By smokyray
Ultimate Seven....

I've been flying FP props on RV's for a long time. Performance observations involved many hours of flight testing, traveling and tweaking. (by definition, every flight in an EXP is a test...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-30-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,618
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up...

Age old question with some good responses. However comma, nobody mentioned the Catto Gen 3, Performance (wood) 3 blade "almost constant speed" and Whirlwind GA.
If Bang for the buck isn't just...
Forum: Propellers 05-25-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,093
Posted By smokyray
On the nose...

As Mel mentioned, many early vinylester (mine included) RV4 and Six cowlings were offered in Fixed Pitch and Constant speed dimensions.
The FP cowls required a 4" Prop Shaft extension no...
Forum: Rocket 05-24-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,383
Posted By smokyray
Tunnel of love...

I like you're thinking!
On my HR2 I retained the original RV4 baggage compartment and removed the upper access panel/plate. I then installed a .016 floor aft to the next bulkhead level with...
Forum: RV-3 05-16-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,231
Posted By smokyray
Roll the videotape...

Dave, Here you go...

Forum: RV-4 05-16-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,055
Posted By smokyray

Michael's technique works well.
Since I had .016 skins, I used Hy-Sol, a structural epoxy (used by Lancair and other composite/wood/metal builders to glue skins together) for...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-11-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,208
Posted By smokyray
Taking the Long way Home...

With Memorial Day around the corner and incessant babbling notwithstanding, I had to take a moment to reflect, and be thankful...

Yesterday my wife asked me to take her to visit the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-11-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,638
Posted By smokyray
Love that THREE!

Wie Gehts Heinz!
Seeing your pics was another great flashback for me, over my house flying it's last US flight before shipping it to Deutchland....Thanks for...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-09-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,586
Posted By smokyray
Parts is parts...

Grand adventure Larry, looks fun!
From my own adventures in the past (34 Trans-Cons in my RV4 and HR2) if you have any major replaceable parts that break and tend to ground you somewhere, box them...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-07-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,914
Posted By smokyray
Plugged Up...

For auto plugs I like the Denso L-14U and Autolite 386, both available from NAPA or Amazon and selected WalMarts. They thread right in without adapters...

Additionally, I have used Accel plug wires...
Forum: RV-4 05-04-2018, 04:54 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 245,811
Posted By smokyray

In the “quick build, predrilled, high dollar” world of Vans Aircraft these days, its great to see another RV4 completion. Mine turned 21 last month and it is still flying great.
Thanks for...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-03-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,398
Posted By smokyray
By the numbers...


I recommend you do as you planned: a good W&B, compression check on the engine.
1.Try leaning slightly on takeoff roll if you haven't already.
2.If you're running mags,...
Forum: Propellers 05-03-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,045
Posted By smokyray

I installed Craig's first RV 2-blade on my RV4 25 years ago. A friend encouraged me to have it dynamically balanced, the results being very noticeable.
Nine fixed pitch props on my airplanes...
Forum: RV-4 04-27-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 750
Posted By smokyray
Neel Aviation

Give my buddy Brad Neel a call. He's shipped airplanes all over the world for me, does it for a living and is good at it.
Breaking down and shipping an RV isn't too difficult. Brad can help...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-26-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,615
Posted By smokyray
Yes, no, maybe...

Yes, an FAI observer was present for the attempt. It's not on the NAA or FAI site yet, but it takes many weeks to finally post. (discovered through my own experiences with the process).
As you know...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-22-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,768
Posted By smokyray

Great info shared above. When (not if) you decide to remove and overhaul, which as an A&P and many hour Lycoming driver highly advise, there are 2 shops near you I can recommend.
As a former...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-22-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,719
Posted By smokyray

Met Tom briefly at OSH just after returning from Iraq in 03'. We shared a few War Stories from each others generation. Great guy.
He also carved a mean prop!

Prayers for his...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-11-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,819
Posted By smokyray
Another Contender...

Aside from Honda, Sauer Engines in Germany has been building a European Certified version of Ferdinand Porsche's (VW's) venerable "boxer" since 1978 and it still competes well against the Rotax 912,...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-09-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,378
Posted By smokyray
Turbine smooth, really.

The Turbine RV market isn't new.
Many moons ago I was interested in converting my RV4 to Turbine power. Affordable Turbine Power in PA was flying an RV4 package based on the Solar T-64...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,584
Posted By smokyray
Tired of tires....

Vlad you Madman!
Short answer Da, (да)but since you (like me) fly alot and visit remote locales, the very thin wall Michelin Air-stop tubes will fit and add redundancy for flat fixes in the boonies....
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-04-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,341
Posted By smokyray

There are a few worse armpits than SPS out there, Balad Iraq comes to mind.... Since I live not too far away I can certainly relate.:)
If you guys get bored, stop in with the Ten...

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