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Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On Yesterday, 11:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,350
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: 1,802
Posted By smokyray
Air-Tec

Brian,
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: 2,697
Posted By smokyray
Cool it...

John/Rick,
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: 47
Views: 13,470
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: 959
Posted By smokyray
Good Call...

Jim,
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-11-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 348
Posted By smokyray
Tire Swap: 500X5 for 380X150X5?

Wanted to Trade: New Aero Trainer 500X5 tire for a New or Usable (some tread left) 380X150X5.
Glad to pay price difference or split shipping for both. Thanks!

Email me:...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-07-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 778
Posted By smokyray
It depends...

PP,
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: 84
Views: 53,443
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: 294
Views: 119,180
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: 5,597
Posted By smokyray
Perfection...

Phil,
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: 6,598
Posted By smokyray
Ultimate Seven....

Reaver,
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: 6,598
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up...

Adam,
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: 1,835
Posted By smokyray
On the nose...

Glen,
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: 1,157
Posted By smokyray
Tunnel of love...

Michael,
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: 1,077
Posted By smokyray
Roll the videotape...

Dave, Here you go...

http://www.eaavideo.org/detail/videos/feature/video/2616988646001/repairing-scratched-plexiglass

V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 05-16-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 805
Posted By smokyray
Hy-Sol

Michael's technique works well.
Additionally:
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: 1,955
Posted By smokyray
Taking the Long way Home...

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

Legacy
Yesterday my wife asked me to take her to visit the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-11-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,485
Posted By smokyray
Love that THREE!

Wie Gehts Heinz!
Memories...
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: 3,090
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: 2,239
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: 239,863
Posted By smokyray
Awesome!

Mike,
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: 47
Views: 8,704
Posted By smokyray
By the numbers...

Jeff,

I recommend you do as you planned: a good W&B, compression check on the engine.
Additionally:
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: 13
Views: 1,361
Posted By smokyray
Absolutely...

Ron,
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: 646
Posted By smokyray
Neel Aviation

Rick,
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: 4,999
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: 1,548
Posted By smokyray
Over-Haulin...

Gary,
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: 7,069
Posted By smokyray
Condolences

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: 6,174
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: 7
Views: 1,139
Posted By smokyray
Turbine smooth, really.

Terry/Vlad,
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: 1,477
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: 1,175
Posted By smokyray
Deodorant...

Tim,
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...

V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 04-04-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,872
Posted By smokyray
Mellow Yellow...

Skip,
We ordered our tail kits the same year, WOW, congrats!
Although not a fan personally of your primary color choice, you pull it off with panache!
The best part is another FOUR plying the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-30-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,976
Posted By smokyray
Same old, same old...

Sam,
Great hearing from you, 20th anniversary of my Prattville RV fly-in you helped me so much with. Time flies, literally.

This post reminds me of a great verse from my favorite book:
"There is...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-27-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,589
Posted By smokyray
If you must...

Vlad you madman!
Here is a great link to vacuum system installation and associated plumbing. However, to quote my Dad when I was in HS about delivering a date to her home late:
"I wouldn't advise...
Forum: RV-4 03-27-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,702
Posted By smokyray
Flutter Bug...

Michael,
As we all know, Van is the Mr. Spock of the sport aircraft world. He speaks in analytical and logical terms and doesn't jump to conclusions or hypothesize unless backed up with facts.
In my...
Forum: RV-4 03-27-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,702
Posted By smokyray
TRUE to form...

Carl,
Four score and many moons (14yrs) ago, (right after my RV4 flutter incident), Van and I exchanged emails. He queried me on my numbers and shared his thoughts on what actually happened. They...
Forum: Safety 03-26-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,157
Posted By smokyray
Bear Necessities...

Bill,
Great info above.
I spent several years flying in the great state of AK, military and civilian. My two close friends who still live there both own airplanes (C-180/Maule M-5) and carry similar...
Forum: RV-4 03-26-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,702
Posted By smokyray
It's riveting...

Dave,
I've inspected Dave A's RV4 up close and spoken with him many times over the years. As David mentioned, his 4's elevators trailing edges are riveted, not bent. He also has wing extensions and...
Forum: RV-4 03-26-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,702
Posted By smokyray
VNE...

Dave,
UR welcome sir.
:)
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-25-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,397
Posted By smokyray
Renesis Genesis

Doug,
I visited Tracy’s Suwannee river airstrip/shop/home many years ago when the 8 was under construction. We had completed our 4’s in FL at the same time, his 13B powered-4 being a revolutionary...
Forum: RV-11 03-23-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,691
Posted By smokyray
Contemporary, not so much...

ED,
I too would like to see the RV-5 fly insomuch as it's similar in cost, size and weight to The Sonerai I and II, a favorite of mine. Your desire for it to sport a more contemporary engine is an...
Forum: RV-4 03-23-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,471
Posted By smokyray
It's a Drag...

Nelson,
Ditto to all of the above.
I have run 30PSI in 500X5 and 380X150X5 tires in my RV's for 20 years. It's the best compromise for ease of moving around hangars, landing on turf and reduction of...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-23-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,096
Posted By smokyray
Italiano Engine-eering...

Alex,
Great video. Like the Turbine RV4, the lighter (R912S) engine has to be mounted further forward for the CG. Both the engine, GT prop and sliding canopy appear very well engineered, not...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-18-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,985
Posted By smokyray
Legacy

Jim and I had many a Rocket Chat back when I owned my HR2. He was a great example of The Greatest Generation.

Will be praying for his family.
V/R
Smokey
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-08-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,726
Posted By smokyray
Silent!

Patrick,
I neglected to mention that one of my neighbors bought a Silent 2 Electro powered sailplane from your neck of the woods last year. He flies it regularly and I have to say, very impressive....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,594
Posted By smokyray
It's all relative...

John,
I wouldn't sweat the CHT's too much, if they're not exceeding 425F, lower the nose on climb-out rather than reducing power, accelerate to 120 and climb at a shallower angle, higher RPM and...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-01-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 711
Posted By smokyray
Thunder Down Under...

Patrick,
Besides RV's my second favorite experimental in the Sonerai. Mine was VW powered but several have the UL-260 installed in New Zealand by Richmond Racing. They posted detailed engine...
Forum: Rocket 02-28-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,148
Posted By smokyray
CNC is AOK...

Mel,
Maybe using the old machines and tooling will be more expensive and it will be financially advantageous to use the CNC. Man, that's alot of holes not to have to...
Forum: Rocket 02-28-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,148
Posted By smokyray
Back to the future...

Greg,
The Three, Four and Six truly are timeless airframes, I'm not surprised at the news.
I bought my RV4 tail kit in 1988, the RV4 wings and tail currently on my RVX were cut in North Plains in...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-28-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,726
Posted By smokyray
Shocking...

Vie Gehts Patrick,
Two years ago I replaced the aging 2180CC VW engine in my Sonerai IIL with a new 1835CC VW (blueprinted specifically for aircraft). The engine builder had removed it from his Q2 in...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-23-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,562
Posted By smokyray
Sierra Hotel...

Wow Bruce, this is the most exciting set of posts on this site in a long time..BTW, the tips on the -3 look very much like the late great Paul Lipps designs for the RV6. He also designed very cool...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-19-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,562
Posted By smokyray
By the numbers...

Hey Bruce,
Interestingly enough, when I bought my Sonerai from a craftsman's estate, I knew I would eventually have to rebuild or replace the original 2180CC VW it sported since new. Ended up...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-13-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,205
Posted By smokyray
Simply Superb...

Robin,
First, very nicely done!
Question: Did you consider the 5th bearing mod from Dan Weseman at Panther SPA and/or attend any of William Wynne's Corvair U forums before developing your...
Forum: RV-4 02-12-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,279
Posted By smokyray
No but...

Shawn,
I started building my RV4 back when there were only 2 RV models available, banging rivets in military base housing in Japan on a shoestring budget before the internet, digital cameras and The...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-29-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,562
Posted By smokyray
Hours of Power...

Bruce,
I inspected two different RV4's with alternative engines over the years, both Mazda rotaries based on Tracy Crooks plans and reduction drive. Both flew well and were flying (like my RV4) for...
Forum: RV-4 01-23-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 753
Posted By smokyray
How deep is the well?

Justin,
In my RV4 I used the drawings from a builder in the former Van's newsletter from days gone by The RV8R.. They aren't as deep as those shown above. My limitation on depth was the aileron...
Forum: RV-4 01-14-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 291,579
Posted By smokyray
Nice FB-4!

Guys,
"T.R." (Wolfpack) asked me to post these excellent photos of his friend "Jim W's" FB-4, (RV4-XL) This is my personal favorite RV,
This particular Fastback-4, is a VERY nice one, built by Jim,...
Forum: RV-4 01-13-2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 291,579
Posted By smokyray
Contrasts

UR welcome Skip, nice looking RV4!
After you asked the question, I had to go online and walk through the steps myself to insure accuracy. :)
These 2 pics of my RV4 “The Bandit” popped up so I thought...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,222
Posted By smokyray
Mo Power...

Bret,
Having had Alt failure and a fan belt break in my RV4 twice, plus numerous other adventures professionally (3 engine failures, engine fire in the F16) I'm with you on worst case thinking. My...
Forum: RV-4 01-03-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By smokyray
Some are longer than others....

Skip,
I cut my RV4 front stick for the O-1A Birddog stick grip to fit in my my hand with my arm resting on my leg. This gave me plenty of clearance under the panel. When I built it back it the late...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-15-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,370
Posted By smokyray
Your mileage may vary...

When I was building the RV"X", (the combination of a 6 Fuselage and RV4 Wing/Tail) the GW subject arose several times. The X's fuselage was originally a 6A that I simply omitted the weldments and...
Forum: Propellers 12-06-2017, 07:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,247
Posted By smokyray
Ed Sterba...

Dave,
Ed Sterba has repaired other prop makers props in the past. Since Mike Demuth's passing, Ed is is one of the few "original" wood prop carvers still around.
He recently carved my third prop in...
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