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Forum: Reviews 09-24-2019, 01:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 266
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, 02:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 926
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, 10:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,036
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, 02:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 483
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, 02:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,494
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, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,175
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, 08:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 406
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, 09:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
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, 03:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
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, 11:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
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, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,767
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, 06:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,058
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, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,583
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, 04:38 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 107,097
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, 04:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,536
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, 04:10 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 18,350
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, 01:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,421
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, 10:35 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,994
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, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,767
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, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 898
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, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,247
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, 12:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,679
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, 02:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,369
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, 05:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,526
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, 04:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,429
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, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,661
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, 10:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,339
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, 10:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,668
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, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,125
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, 10:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,630
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, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,801
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, 12:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,033
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, 02:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,516
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, 09:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,484
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, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 811
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, 10:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,731
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, 07:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,213
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, 10:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,086
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, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
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, 01:46 PM
Replies: 758
Views: 485,079
Posted By smokyray
Pot O Gold... (
Staniel Cay

Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-03-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 856
Posted By smokyray
Don't count out the H2AD

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: RV-4 03-28-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,488
Posted By smokyray
More Four

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: 786
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: 1,214
Posted By smokyray
Four Play

Nicely done Arlie, again!
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,262
Posted By smokyray
Close but no cigar

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: 7
Views: 1,716
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: 2,039
Posted By smokyray
The Heat is on...

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: 2,208
Posted By smokyray
X marks the spot...

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: 11,066
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: 1,769
Posted By smokyray

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: 4,741
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: 4,741
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: 476
Views: 129,775
Posted By smokyray
Le' Apples and Le' Oranges...

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: 3,045
Posted By smokyray
The Long and Short of it...

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: 308
Views: 332,202
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: 3,563
Posted By smokyray
Feeling tipsy...

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: 2,140
Posted By smokyray
Your mileage may vary...

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: 2,663
Posted By smokyray
Balancing Act...

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: 2,123
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: 2,498
Posted By smokyray

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: 2,498
Posted By smokyray
One Percenter...

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...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 01-08-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,320
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...
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