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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-03-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By smokyray
Don't count out the H2AD

Altor,
As RB and others mentioned, the H2AD has alot of misnomers attached, mainly from the number of AD's (oddly enough) the engine had back in the 70's. I have flown several RV's with H2AD's that...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-02-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,517
Posted By smokyray
Need to know...

DR,
I actually know "who dat" unknown rider is. They are considered a national asset and on a need to know as far as their normal mission profile Not quite if I tell you Ill have to kill you but Ii...
Forum: RV-4 03-28-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By smokyray
More Four

Jim,
I built my RV4 back when Dinosaurs roamed the taxiways and steam gauges were the rule. My flea market round dials eventually needed replacement so....
I used MGL Avionics 2 1/4 and 3" digital...
Forum: RV-3 03-28-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By smokyray
Three's Coompany

Very cool Andy.
Additionally the RV3 has the distinction of being one of the 30 most important aircraft designs of all time...along with my favorite airplane as well. (The...
Forum: RV-4 03-28-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 838
Posted By smokyray
Four Play

Nicely done Arlie, again!
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,306
Posted By smokyray
Close but no cigar

JR,
I started building my RV4 while flying Vipers at Misawa in the late 80’s. I chose the 4 not to be “fighter-like” but to be a 180mph Super Cub. There is no airplane on earth like the F16, so...
Forum: Rocket 03-13-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,066
Posted By smokyray
Hotel Whiskey

G'Day Matt,
Here's another option.
Twenty Five years ago, I was serving in the military and building my RV4 alongside fellow squadron mates/ RV4 builders “Hollywood and Cheese.” They decided the RV4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,633
Posted By smokyray
The Heat is on...

Dug,
All great ideas above.
RE above: For the stick well gale put silicone around any wing root leaks including fuel line holes. Find an auto upholsterer to make you a set of stick well boots using...
Forum: Reviews 02-27-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,744
Posted By smokyray
X marks the spot...

Rick,
Hate to burst their bubble, but the RVX already exists. When my late friend Arvil and I combined an RV4 and RV6 kit 18 years ago, we christened it "The RVX".
There will be no A...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-27-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,548
Posted By smokyray
Eight is enough?

Hey Jon,
Thread hijack notwithstanding, here's a long answer to your short question. I built my RV4 way back when when Dinosaurs roamed the taxiways and there were three relatively basic RV kits...
Forum: Rocket 02-25-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,514
Posted By smokyray
HR2-cents...

Brent,
The biggest difference is the airframe. The F-1 being built from Mark Frederick's fantastic kit he engineered in the Czech Republic using his HR2 as the model. Refined is an understatement....
Forum: Safety 02-09-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,052
Posted By smokyray
Turn of events...

Actually, attempting to turn back is the primary killer on T/O engine failures (according to the FAA Safety Magazine) which is causal to the high descent rate, stall/spin etc.
My Dad, a 50+year CFI...
Forum: Safety 02-09-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,052
Posted By smokyray
G Whiz...

Several years ago an RV4 was returning from Sun N Fun in FL to TX. Descending for a fuel stop in MS, the pilot became disoriented in marginal VFR, performing a inadvertent very low altitude Split-S...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 02-08-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 440
Views: 106,819
Posted By smokyray
Le' Apples and Le' Oranges...

Pascal,
Not to further hijack the RV15 thread but your question is valid and response-worthy.
Based on your requirements, Range/Speed, the distaste of the Hershey Bar Wing and you don't have time to...
Forum: Rocket 02-06-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,658
Posted By smokyray
The Long and Short of it...

RH,
Short answer, YES.
For Five years I operated my HR2 out of a 2200' very soft, semi-rough turf strip with 50' obstacles at each end near my home. One of my neighbors kindly allowed me to fly his...
Forum: RV-4 02-04-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 316,268
Posted By smokyray
Four is More...

Ontzagwekkende Hans!
I have fond memories of zipping around the Netherlands at 500/500 (500Knots at 500' AGL) in the F16 many moons ago.
Your Four looks great, nice job blending your new...
Forum: RV-3 01-30-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,625
Posted By smokyray
Feeling tipsy...

Dave,
Per the above comments, my first RV flight was an early (serial number 5) RV3, a tip-over. I like the Tip Over for the same reason I loved the F16 canopy, no bow=great visibility
As far as flip...
Forum: Rocket 01-30-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,733
Posted By smokyray
Your mileage may vary...

Eddie,
As mentioned above, your Four was a great warm up for the F-1 or HR2.
If you haven't flown a TD in awhile, ride along in a Luscombe, Champ or RV will help. The biggest difference you will...
Forum: Rocket 01-25-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,904
Posted By smokyray
Balancing Act...

Frank,
I flew my early model RV4/Harmon parts HR2 for nearly 1000 hours. The empennage on mine was stock RV4 with .020 tail feather skins, standard fuse with tip over canopy, IO540C4B5/Hartzell,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-12-2019, 06:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,835
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute....

My RV6X, a hybrid 4/6 combo weighs 945lbs empty with an 0-360J/Catto and very basic interior/panel. As mentioned above, a well built basic RV6 (really ALL RVs) should weigh around 1000lbs empty or...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 01-09-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,097
Posted By smokyray
Furthermore...

Steve,
I was being a bit facetious in that I when I purchased my RV4 tail kit, there were only 2 kits, the 3 and 4. Every design afterward, (RV-6-14) were an afterthought.
When the RV6 was...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 01-08-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,097
Posted By smokyray
One Percenter...

Dave,
I can assure you with some certainty that the RV-3 and RV-4 are 100% Tail Dragger...
Models designed afterward were well, after thoughts...
:)
Smokey
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 01-08-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,090
Posted By smokyray
Flamed out...

I too agree.
I have had three actual flame-out (engine failure in flight) landings in single engine airplanes in nearly a half century of flying. One in the F16, two in GA airplanes.
One of those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,206
Posted By smokyray
Breezy....

Greg,
Many moons ago I nursed my 150HP, wood propped, non painted, built for under $20K RV4 with flea market steam gauges and ECO Trex Hiking GPS to 20K. Darn near froze to death, heaters weren’t a...
Forum: RV-4 01-01-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

G'Day Pete,
My Sterba Wood Prop equipped RV4 weighed 925lbs empty the day of it's test flight. For it and many others I have inspected over the years I use 50lbs in level flight attitude on the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-18-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,117
Posted By smokyray
Whoa Horsie!

Rich,
Thirty years ago this week I ordered my RV-4 tail kit.
My RV choice was easy, One or Two seat.(3 or 4) I had never flown, or seen one close up, only read an ad in Kitplanes.
The Nine is a...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-13-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,738
Posted By smokyray
RV Super Cub Lives...

COPY-PASTE-TO: support@vansaircraft.com SEND!
:)
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-12-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,738
Posted By smokyray
Two in the Bush...

DR
I built my RV4 nearly 30 years ago under the premise it was a "180MPH Super Cub". My HR2, and RVX also have ventured where only Cubs roam, with a tiny bit of discretion. Having been a Jurassic RV...
Forum: RV-3 12-06-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 128,269
Posted By smokyray
The View...

Overheard at very loud volume in a briefing room next to mine in our F16 Squadron many years ago by a weapons school instructor speaking to a new guy...
"Dude, it's not about the canopy, it's about...
Forum: RV-3 12-06-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 128,269
Posted By smokyray
Fair Dinkum

G'day Andre',
VERY nice FB-3!
Many years ago while flying my very early HR2, I met a Harmon Rocket ONE owner, John's first attempt at Rocket performance.
Only a handful were ever built. Prominent...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-04-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,456
Posted By smokyray
Juicing...

Jim,
Many years ago I was contemplating "improving" my garage overhauled 0-320A in my RV4. Both Slick Mags had an AD and one had a significant drop during checks. This was in the days of pre-VAF, pre...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-28-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,149
Posted By smokyray
How do you spell: efficiency?

Great thought processes, my favorite airplane for pure cost/speed vs efficiency is the record-breaking Arnold AR-5.
And....it had a Catto...
Forum: RV-4 11-27-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,093
Posted By smokyray
No Worries?

Larry,
The angle isn't that big of a deal, bend your aluminum fuel feed line behind the firewall accordingly. Most Jurassic RV4 builders (like me) used a steel firewall through fuel fitting:...
Forum: Rocket 11-27-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,217
Posted By smokyray
De Oppresso Liber...

Mike,
First, THANKS for your service.
Yes, the F16 is the Swiss Army Knife of Fighters, we do alot of things pretty well, the Hog (A-10) does one thing really well, CAS! (Close Air Support) One...
Forum: RV-4 11-21-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 979
Posted By smokyray
By the book...

The "factory setup" when I built my Four, per the plans was manual flaps, my personal preference.
Not to take anything away from Pat's excellent PH Aviation products...:)

V/R
Smokey
Forum: Rocket 11-21-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,217
Posted By smokyray
Arrested...

No worries brother, just lower the hook...:)

https://youtu.be/S38uYf6nPi4

V/R
Smokey
Forum: Rocket 11-21-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,217
Posted By smokyray
Well, sorta...

Well, there is one. You could add, climb at greater than 10K a minute, accelerate to Mach 2, carry 10K of various and sundry high explosive ordnance, support troops in contact in a combat zone,...
Forum: RV-4 11-17-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,905
Posted By smokyray
Finally, air....

Larry,
Cheez just sent me this photo, he's been down unda, that's why it took awhile. Purchase the Van's SV-1 Vent Kit and download cutting template online. I glued mine to the inner skin with HySol....
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,905
Posted By smokyray
Venting a bit...

Arlie/Mike,
There are many ways to skin the proverbial cool air cat, ( I had 4 different vent combos on my Four) however, Hollywood's NACA vent on the underside of the cowl cheek is slick.
I will...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,905
Posted By smokyray
A bit Cheeky...

Larry,
My buddies "Hollywood and Cheez" of Hotel Whiskey Aviation both installed their NACA ducts on the underside of the cheek on their Fours, nearly invisible unless you know where to look. VERY...
Forum: Rocket 11-10-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,565
Posted By smokyray
Yours is not to question...

First answer: WHY? My manual flaps on my HR2 were extended at either half or full or "pilot's choice" by pressing the button and pulling slightly.
You might try your prop in a flatter pitch,...
Forum: California 11-03-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,521
Posted By smokyray
Sierra Hotel....

Gash,
My sentiments exactly and good call on the bikes. My first trip there was in my RV4 and later in my HR2 which have 380X150X5 tires with API/Flyboy tailwheels but neither was required there.
My...
Forum: Propellers 10-31-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,434
Posted By smokyray
Not now Catto...

Wow, Craig has come a long way....
I was ready to give a long dissertation on using sharpies and a roll of solder to help cut the Vans spinner, but after seeing Craig’s carbon model above, why...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2018, 02:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By smokyray
The Iiliad and the...Odyssey?

Carl;
Great info from the group.
I agree, an AGM battery stored at extended periods near room temp will last a long time.
The PC680 in my RV4 was purchased in 2002. It lasted until the new owner...
Forum: Midwest 10-26-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,646
Posted By smokyray
Eastbound and down...

Hmm,
I can see the NTSB report now,
The Experimental Aircraft, over laden with contraband and in clear violation of Federal mandates (illicitly purchased alcohol being transported across state...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 10-25-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,313
Posted By smokyray
Southern Comfort...

Dave,
As a Southern Jurassic RV4 and current RV6X Slider owner, canopy type boils down to one thing, comfort.
Having flown a very well air conditioned Jet with a forward tilt-Up (F-16C) for 25...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,031
Posted By smokyray
Missing Link...

Bruce/Steve,
My biggest issue with the RSL vs Lynx was my "Off Road sturdiness required" on my operational requirements list.
It wasn't the positive feedback of the Rocket Steering but the lack...
Forum: RV-4 10-23-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,246
Posted By smokyray
Oh, my ribs...

Ryan,
JJ is correct. My RV4 plans are from 1989 and have several slight discrepancies.
The main reason is so that the D section can be built with solid rivets.
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,031
Posted By smokyray
Chain Chain Chain...

Doug,
I suppose I am from the RV "Bush-plane Wannabe" side of total performance with 80+% of my landings are off pavement.
My RV4 (and RV6"X") had chains initially back in the 90's but now has "the...
Forum: RV-4 10-22-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By smokyray
Hasta La Vista....

David,
Two words: Good Riddance!
Short answer is I never installed one in any of my 3 RV's. Why? Same reasons as you deduced and in addition the 3HP it robs your engine during operations.
Lastly...
Forum: RV-4 10-18-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By smokyray
Hey, that's me...

Richard,
Yessir, I can totally relate as well, the one they were usually accusing was me!
Lance assured me he can make a custom RV4 canopy to help solve height problems or contour it closer for...
Forum: RV-4 10-17-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By smokyray
Thoughts are free....

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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: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By smokyray
Head games...

Dayton,
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: 1,029
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up...

MB,
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: 961
Posted By smokyray
See the light...

Kenny!!!
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: 1,892
Posted By smokyray
RV Quote of the year...

Cyrus,
For me (and many others) either.
Well said...
V/R
Smokey

https://vimeo.com/14925548
Speaking of costs, Fast Fwd to 3:11
Forum: RV-4 10-05-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,576
Posted By smokyray
Can it be true?

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

V/R
Smokey
Forum: Reviews 10-05-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,228
Posted By smokyray
Ditto....

Dave,
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: 1,892
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute!

Cyrus,
Here is one idea on ELT antenna placement, "LL" (Judoka on VAF) came up with. As Forrest said: I like it...alot.:)

https://i.postimg.cc/kG242dbw/IMG_7775.jpg...
Forum: Propellers 10-05-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,892
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

Cyrus,
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: 2,170
Posted By smokyray
ELT for me?

Guys,
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: 15
Views: 2,576
Posted By smokyray
Sharp as a tack...

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

V/R
Smokey
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