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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up contest fun

My thumbs up too for the great flying by Jerry, Randy, and Ron. Here's a link to a new report that was made on the first day:...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-30-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,924
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up No video

Sorry Karl, the video didn't come through. Good luck this year, and you should be successful in your Extra too as fast as you progressed with your RV.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,490
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up THANK YOU

Super job Ron tonight on the RV aerobatic webinar. Many of us started off in the dark about RVs and how to approach competition aerobatics years ago. Your talk tonight covered about everything and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,695
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Smile That's the way you do it (youtube)

I was hoping Ron would put in a video along with the great explanations of each maneuver. However, this RV one might do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhJHdb9k7Ho Note that I have an inverted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 03:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,019
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up he got the competition bug

I think Ron and I are glad you're on the other coast so we don't have to compete against you in your Extra. Your description of getting the inverted spin started is very similar to what works in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,019
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Lightbulb RV inverted spin no fear

Having done hundreds of inverted spins in my RV4 since it's in my free style for competition for the last three years, I can offer some advice. It takes specific inputs, attitude, and timing to make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2017, 05:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,695
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Question calendar ordering link?

Where is the link to order the calendars? :confused:Couldn't find it on Van's home page.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
Lower AL
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-08-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,382
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Two of us showed EAA cards when we went to the...

Two of us showed EAA cards when we went to the museum for the eclipse, and they charged us full fare. Was still worth it.
Bill McLean
RV-4 Slider
lower AL
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-29-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,343
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up having fun

Timothy, nice video, and I enjoyed the other ones on youtube also. Hope you come join the fun next year for some competition.:D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2017, 06:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,041
Posted By WillyEyeBall
another age bracket?

I see you added another age group.:confused: Best of luck at Farmville this weekend, and make us proud.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2017, 06:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,053
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking OFFA

By the way, I still have the red tee shirt you gave me for the 2016 Nationals with "OFFA + 70":p
Willyeyeball
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking another RV

Ron,
Sebring is on my "to do" list, and hoping more RVs will show up. Would suggest changing the thread for the correct dates for the contest (10/28-11/1). It'll be another chance for you to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up upside down fun

Congratulations Dave, and always enjoy hearing RVs doing well in competition. Ron Schreck was flying Intermediate and judging at the East Coast Contest, and our super friend, RV supporter, and mentor...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-09-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By WillyEyeBall
great video

Chris, enjoyed the video and especially honoring old heroes. What was the music you used? I frequently open a video clip and a second music youtube clip, watching the video and listening to the music...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up IAC contest

Oliver,
Thanks for the posting for the contest, but I didn't see it listed on the IAC website. Looks like a great opportunity to go, see, and participate for anyone interested. It didn't mention if...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-29-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 986
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up another bucket list item- Independence, OR

For those that receive Kit Planes Homebuilder's Portal, youíll see a great photo of the eclipse taken by Paul Dye when he was in Independence, OR (Was that a NASA camera?). Special thanks to my...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-13-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,933
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up similar incidents

Bob, I've done that and also found floating objects (flashlight, pens), unlatched secondary lap belt, and primary lap belt loose, etc.:eek: As soon as I reach pattern altitude, I now do a quick...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 05:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,221
Posted By WillyEyeBall
just fun

Participating in an aerobatic contest was a bucket list item several years ago. Now it's just fun and a chance to associate with my good buddies like Ron and Jerry, as well as the best pilots in the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-09-2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,111
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up fun fun fun

Galen,
Now you know what Madonna was trying to sing about after the very first time. The memories and future challenges will last a life time. Nice video too, but the judges on the forum will nit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2017, 04:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,501
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up occassional sputter

Have a flop tube in one tank, and Jon is correct that you can get extended flight time inverted on the wrong tank. However, there are certain maneuvers, such as a Cuban 8, with several seconds...
Forum: RV-12 06-11-2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,971
Posted By WillyEyeBall
police escort??

I see the blue flashing lights behind. Did you get a ticket too?:mad:
willyeyeball
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,587
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up another shout out for Ron

Another GREAT write up on an aerobatic contest with 3 RVs, and some great flying. Not only did Ron Schreck finish 2nd in Intermediate, but he barely missed first place against an old veteran...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2017, 05:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,736
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up RVs & acro

Great showing Karl, and I'll be at the contest next weekend in Rome, GA.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,789
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up RV gathering

Congratulations Karl, and I think the best place for you and Jerry to meet would be at the Nationals. That's the best way to advertise and recruit RVs to the fun in the blue.
Bill McLean
RV-4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2017, 06:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,789
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up keep having fun

Gash, that's a fantastic score, and super showing for an RV. Ditto on Ron's reply too, and wishing you and Jerry a good day to bring home some bling.:D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: Propellers 04-26-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,416
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Exclamation almost lost prop

I posted this a few years ago about almost losing the prop.:eek:
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=72322&highlight=prop
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2017, 12:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,081
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up More congratulations

Karl, that's the way to go, and that's the best write-up I've seen about a first contest and entering the world of aerobatics. You've set the bar high for others and yourself, but that's the fun and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2017, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,253
Posted By WillyEyeBall
great PIREP

Wonderful write-up and pictures of a fun event and unbelievable success for just the second time contestant. Actually there were three RVs that came for the competition, but the gray/blue RV4 between...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-31-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,510
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Ron has one

Ron Schreck has dual lap belts in his (I think) and can describe and take pictures. I have dual in my RV4 and attached with screws under the seat and floor. As Eric said, unless you like self induced...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,394
Posted By WillyEyeBall
ellyson

Brian, it was very easy for me since I didn't do it, but I watched my mechanic do it. It's obviously easier than adding fuel injection. Did not have to change the airbox or cowling. A little routing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,394
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Angry engine quit

Brian, when I bought my airplane 13 years ago, it was carbureted and sputtered and quit just like you described until I went with the Ellison throttle body, which required very little extra work for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2017, 07:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,089
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Unhappy how to sign up?

Ron,
You know I'm the village idiot when it comes to computers or 20th century technology, so I can't find out how to sign up for the clinic on the Yahoo RV website. :confused:Help the old man...
Forum: RV-4 01-15-2017, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,948
Posted By WillyEyeBall
propeller

Donít have the experience of SmokeyRay (wish I did), and for a fixed prop, the overwhelming RV consensus would be the Catto. When I bought my RV-4, it had a Sterba prop. I replaced it with a...
Forum: Safety 01-08-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,949
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Question spin engine quit?

I just returned from our annual IAC Chapter meeting and we had 4 pilots that are or have been on the US World Teams, and one was elected into the IAC Hall of Fame this year, and they have never heard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2016, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,042
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up 2017 was a good year for RVs

In 2010 when Ron and I started flying competition, we were the only RVs that year. There had been several who flew competition before but not more than two in any year. In 2016 11pilots flew RVs in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2016, 07:25 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
my RV-4 weight and balance for aerobatics

The weight and balance will be different for each aircraft. The RV-4 aerobatic weight and C.G. limits according to Van are 1375 lbs, and 75.9 inches aft. My RV empty weight and C.G. are 1011 lbs and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2016, 07:41 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Exclamation No passengers for acro in RV4

Brian,
Please don't do acro with a passenger in the RV-4. The aft CG and weight (with parachute) will be exceeded. One of the few accidents with acro with a passenger in an RV-4 occurred in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,693
Posted By WillyEyeBall
tail slide

Eric, Thanks for clarifying, and educating us. I guess I forgot that power off AFTER working the nose off the vertical, where my elevator was much more affective than my rudder in getting the nose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2016, 06:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,693
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Angry botched hammer and tail slide

When youíre doing hammerheads, itís more likely you can get into a tail slide. For me it happens when dragging the right wing, which usually occurs when rolling left on the up line, and you run out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2016, 11:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,837
Posted By WillyEyeBall
spin recovery point

Unlike the super pros like Eric, I start 1 to 2 turn spin recoveries about 135 degrees from final heading in my RV-4. It usually ends up on heading or just slightly less. I can put in just a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,713
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Smile Sebring and regionals

Ron H. (Chapter 23) has always been helpful and a gentleman, especially to old people. He mentioned I finished in 2nd place in the regionals with a 83.39 percent. That third place finisher had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2016, 12:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,713
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up Pats on the back

Great write-ups, and it has truly been the year for RVs in aerobatic competition, and it's mainly Ron's fault. Being a boundary judge at Sebring next to the railroad tracks can be challenging,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2016, 04:22 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Cool better looking, huh?

Randy,
Enjoyed the sarcasm and whining, and as you can see there is a bit of rivalry among us RV aerobatic competitors in a good way. Ron and I will give you a chance at Sebring since I think...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,520
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up sandbagger, huh?

Eric, I see you're not sandbagging and now flying unlimited in your Pitts S1, AND winning 1st place.:D Congratulations to our RV mentor and coach.
Cheers,
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2016, 06:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,520
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking More RV wins at aerobatic contests

The results of the Mason-Dixon Aerobatic contest in VA are posted, and our Ron Schreck won all three sequences (gold medals), and the first place...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2016, 04:29 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up and 2nd in the regional series !!!!!!!!!!

Way to go Patric, and they updated the regional IAC series standings (highest average of 3 contests in a region) and you're in 2nd place. This is looking like the year of the RVs.:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2016, 06:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,000
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Cool go vertical

Nice video Charlie,
Hope you've found an active IAC member and chapter in the area to come join the fun.:D However in competition smoking is not allowed :rolleyes:
Still grinning,
WillyEyeball
RV-4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2016, 05:51 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking straight and level

I'm back in Alabama after stopping to visit two "OLD" friends. The hardest part for me is the trip to and from the contests. My back, legs, and butt are killing me from straight and level flying, so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2016, 05:37 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Wink secret to success

It's no secret that knowing what beer the judges drink will boost your scores. On my last maneuver after a 3 negative G push out from a 45 inverted down line, there is a half roll followed by a full...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2016, 04:06 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Cool RVs showed well

Thanks Eric, and we only did well because of all the coaching, critiquing, and encouraging you and other highly experienced pros have provided. This was a bucket list item, but I might have to try...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2016, 09:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,603
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up first flights

Ron's computer is down, so he can't post the scores or pictures, but he and I are in 7th and 8th place out of 17. By the way we scored higher than Debby Rihn and Mike Rinker flying a Decathlon, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2016, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,233
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Play day

I agree the play "practice" day is one of the best ways to get the "sport" aerobat to try a contest. That's exactly how I got started with a scheduled gathering of novice and seasoned pilots on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2016, 06:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,233
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Cool RV advantage

One big advantage the RVs have over the single seat Pitts and the like at an extended contest like this is baggage space (several changes of shirts and underwear). In addition to flying when our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2016, 06:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 769
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up looping RVs

Great write up, and congratulations on a successful event under difficult conditions. I'm not familiar with figure 2, but I assume that's a wing over, starting on an up 45 and ending on a down 45...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-12-2016, 06:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,868
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up GREAT VIDEO

Marc, great video even with the two bug kills.:D I also enjoyed your other videos like "Starting the Day". They definitely went to my favorites. The editing, viewing angle, music, and no prop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,122
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Cool You donít need to be a fighter pilot

http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/tt228/willymac104/RV-4blackbottomGCAC-10.jpg (http://s614.photobucket.com/user/willymac104/media/RV-4blackbottomGCAC-10.jpg.html)

Of course fighter pilots have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2016, 04:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,091
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Cool old men having fun

After our first flight, which is called the Known, and everyone flies the same sequence, I was in first and Ron was slightly behind in second for the two RVs. We already starting hearing the ďmetal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2016, 05:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,633
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up father's day thrill

Jon,
My favorite video still is the Haley-Batics: https://vimeo.com/72453254 :D It also has a few links to your other airshows. Wish I could be there to watch.
Cheers,
Bill McLean
RV-4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2016, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,581
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Question go vertical

Nice hammer Ron. Are you going to the Bear Creek contest in Rome, GA, 8-10 July? Gets lonely being the only RV signed up so far.
Cheers,
Bill McLean
RV-4 Slider
lower AL;)
Forum: Florida (Central) 05-04-2016, 06:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,462
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up RVs at Sebring (SEF) this weekend

Sebring (SEF) will be hosting an aerobatic contest Friday and Saturday (6-7 May). There are 4 RVs flying in the Sportsman Category- RVs-4, 7, 8, and 9. Ron Schreck, coming off a recent win at the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2016, 11:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,983
Posted By WillyEyeBall
acro box microsoft version

Here's an acro box one, that is not quite as good as ChiefPilot's, but what we've used for several years:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2016, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,208
Posted By WillyEyeBall
custom glareshields

Larry, I determined the glareshield shape and size for my RV 4 slider by turning on the instrument panel at night and positioning stiff paper on the standard glareshield where the cockpit lighting...
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