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Forum: RV-4 06-29-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,774
Posted By Rick RV-4
I also highly recommend getting a canopy from...

I also highly recommend getting a canopy from Todd's Canopies (if it is not too late). Better canopy overall and it will provide an extra 2-4 inches of vertical sitting height for you, as their...
Forum: Northwest 03-16-2018, 11:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,948
Posted By Rick RV-4
Awesome

Great info folks! Iím definitely looking forward to some good flying this summer. Iíve never flown in such an enjoyable area as the PNW - it seems like thereís something great to see around every...
Forum: Northwest 03-15-2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,948
Posted By Rick RV-4
Flight time? Good question, as I didn't provide...

Flight time? Good question, as I didn't provide that in my initial post. 90 minutes or so was the goal. Ashland looks great - and looks to be within walking distance. Great idea Bob!

Friday...
Forum: Northwest 03-15-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,948
Posted By Rick RV-4
Good places to fly to WA and OR

Hi guys and gals,

I'm new to the area (Poulsbo, just west of Seattle), and my wife and I love to take the RV-4 on two and three day trips. Anyone know of a decent place one can fly to and NOT need...
Forum: Northwest 04-25-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Martin, I'll give them a shout! I'm...

Thanks Martin,

I'll give them a shout! I'm guessing you rent from the city and not an FBO?
Forum: Northwest 04-25-2017, 06:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By Rick RV-4
Looking for hangar rent in Tacoma area

Need hangar space for an RV-4 starting this summer. Prefer either Tacoma Narrows airport or Thun Field, but will consider anything within a reasonable distance of Tacoma.

Currently hangared in TX...
Forum: Northwest 12-02-2016, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,180
Posted By Rick RV-4
Stack door

Hi Gil,

As a matter of fact, I am planning on using the Horton stack door. :) I'm assuming you're talking about the accordion style door you open by hand, and has the opaque "lets light through"...
Forum: Northwest 12-02-2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,180
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks!

Thanks Gil and Jim,

Yes, we are at Sequim Valley airport . . . 40' wide asphalt and 50' wide grass strip on the side. It should keep my skills up if there's ever a good crosswind!

We are...
Forum: Northwest 12-01-2016, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,180
Posted By Rick RV-4
Hangar construction in NW WA?

Hi folks,

Looking to get a 40' x 55' hangar built in 2017 (in Sequim, WA). Anyone have any recommendations on a builder and/or company? I've talked to Impact and R&M Steel buildings, but neither...
Forum: Propellers 09-23-2016, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By Rick RV-4
Maybe this?

I have a digital level (from Sears) which shows any angle in tenth of a degree increments. Would something like that work?
Forum: RV-4 05-28-2016, 09:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,476
Posted By Rick RV-4
Steve, I was wondering the exact same thing!

Steve,

I was wondering the exact same thing!
Forum: Northwest 05-16-2016, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,955
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks!

Folks,

Thanks for the replies. I will be working out of Sea Tac, flying somewhere between 1-4 trips a month, so I won't have to do the trip that often. Put another way, if I have to sit in traffic...
Forum: Northwest 05-12-2016, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,955
Posted By Rick RV-4
Hangar to rent in SEA area

Hello,

My wife and I are hoping to move to the SEA area in about 15 months. Anyone know of a place that rents hangars for a "reasonable" amount? I'd consider pretty much anywhere within 60-90...
Forum: RV-4 05-03-2016, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,756
Posted By Rick RV-4
Confused?

Arlie,

You mention a TAS that does not match your groundspeed. No wind, they should be the same. If your average GS is higher than your TAS, you might have a pitot/static issue. If you are...
Forum: Propellers 04-22-2016, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,676
Posted By Rick RV-4
Whirlwind GA vs Sensenich GA

Exploring both options (of ground adjustable props) to replace a Sensenich metal prop on my O-360 equipped RV-4. Does anyone have experience flying behind both of these props? From what I can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2016, 12:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,313
Posted By Rick RV-4
Happy Birthday drawing

My 15 year-old daughter drew this for me (on her tablet) for my birthday. Very cool!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/140120239@N04/25585596492/in/dateposted-public/

I think the polished aluminum...
Forum: RV-4 09-22-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,991
Posted By Rick RV-4
True, but the same could be said for owning a...

True, but the same could be said for owning a $25K car on a 48 month loan:

Average car payment: $550
Insurance: $150/mo.
Gas and Oil: $0.10 per mile x 30 miles per day x 30 days/mo =...
Forum: RV-4 09-21-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,991
Posted By Rick RV-4
Now you got me curious

Quick napkin math for me:

Yearly costs:

Hangar: $1,800
Insurance: $290 (liability only)
Maintenance: $400 (I do the Cond Insp since I'm the builder)
Garmin Pilot subscription: $75
Fuel/Oil: $34 per...
Forum: RV-4 07-01-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 17,161
Posted By Rick RV-4
Depends

I wheel land if solo, and three point it with someone >100 lbs in the back. I find it very easy to wheel land it with more weight up front, but much tougher with someone more than about 120 lbs in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 862
Posted By Rick RV-4
I am also ROP, because it has occured each time...

I am also ROP, because it has occured each time with mixture full rich for climb and level off, before I reduce power and lean the mixture.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 862
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Jack

Tim and George,

Good inputs. I have a carb, and will try the ignition test.

Thanks!

- Rick
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 862
Posted By Rick RV-4
High EGT one cylinder for few minutes

I have noticed on my last few flights that the EGT on my #2 cylinder is quite a bit higher than the others during the climbout to altitude and initial level-off. This lasts for about two minutes,...
Forum: RV-4 06-04-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,325
Posted By Rick RV-4
I pay $298 but this is for liability only. ...

I pay $298 but this is for liability only. Global purchased through Falcon in Kerrville.

- Rick
RV-4 N999XS
Forum: Texas (South) 05-17-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,942
Posted By Rick RV-4
ROEs?

Does anyone know if there are any specific procedures for getting in and out of there? I.e., an "Airboss" frequency, arrival corridor, etc?

Flew in there a few years ago and you were supposed to...
Forum: RV-4 12-30-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,328
Posted By Rick RV-4
Go manual!

I'm one of the few here who converted from electric TO manual, and never regret my decision. Why? Too many issues with the electric motor. I know most have very good luck with it, but not...
Forum: Northwest 10-10-2013, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,177
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Scott

Thanks Scott,

That's some good info. I'll definitely look into those places. Frontier looks like a very nice pklace from what I've found and heard.

Cheers,

Rick
Forum: Northwest 10-10-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,177
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks

Thanks Arnie,

You have a good point (about the two-hour search radius). So far my searches on the internet have only yielded about 10 places, so I'm hoping to hear about the "hidden gem" that's...
Forum: Propellers 10-02-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,513
Posted By Rick RV-4
Pitch change time?

Thanks Mark and Neal,

So when it comes to changing the pitch, how long of a process are we talking? I've heard 30 minutes is a good estimate. Does that seem legit?

I guess I envision changing the...
Forum: Propellers 10-01-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,513
Posted By Rick RV-4
The prop

. . . is suitable for an O-360. I talked to the folks at American Propeller today, and they gave me a price quote for an O-360 w/ 1/2"bolts.

Thanks for the info so far, guys!

Rick
Forum: Propellers 10-01-2013, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,513
Posted By Rick RV-4
Whirlwind 200GA prop feedback?

Whirlwind 200GA prop for O-360s?

Repeat subject from a few years back, but I'm wondering if anyone has any feedback on this prop (good or bad). Thinking about making the switch from a Sensenich...
Forum: Northwest 09-19-2013, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,177
Posted By Rick RV-4
Seattle Area Airparks?

My wife and I are considering re-locating to the Seattle area in a couple of years. Wondering if anyone has any info on Sea-Tac area airparks. Anything within a two hour drive of SEA would be fine ....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,273
Posted By Rick RV-4
Dent repair

Hi Rick,

I had almost exactly the same situation . . . polished airplane with a dent in almost exactly the same spot yours is in. The dent was that same size/amount of damage as well.

I took it to...
Forum: Texas (South) 05-26-2013, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,547
Posted By Rick RV-4
Painter

Matt,

If you still haven't found anyone, let me know. I know a guy out at Zuehl who does nice work. Not sure how busy he is right now, but if you are still looking, call me at 612 239...
Forum: RV-4 02-24-2013, 07:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,479
Posted By Rick RV-4
Price guess

I was going to say low 40s if it is built right . . . hard to say without seeing it though. Figure $6-8K for a simple interior and paint job (plus some time). More if you want to get fancy. ...
Forum: Reviews 01-30-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,290
Posted By Rick RV-4
Datatoys still alive

They are still in business but are now owned by Bad Wolf Technologies-some of the people are even the same.

Talking to the rep on the phone the other day he said they still fully support the cameras...
Forum: RV-4 01-26-2013, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,577
Posted By Rick RV-4
Sid's correct

Dayton,

I think Sid is correct two posts above. I had to add in the tilt on my panel, as it has about 9-10 degrees of tilt built into it. Put another way, you should be showing 8-10 degrees nose...
Forum: RV-4 11-30-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,813
Posted By Rick RV-4
You'll fit

A buddy of mine is no more than 5 feet tall and he fits fine (he bought and is flying his RV-4 without issues). You're good to go . . .
Forum: RV-4 10-22-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,622
Posted By Rick RV-4
RV-4 cooling

Hi Steve,

I agree, the little vents on the canopy frame don't work well. I went with a NACA duct below each cowl cheek extension connected to a two-inch diameter SCAT hose.

These then route to...
Forum: RV-4 05-16-2012, 07:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,479
Posted By Rick RV-4
Another option

I put a NACA scoop under the cowl cheek on each side. This leads to two Stein Air vents mounted in my center console.

In hot conditions, with someone in the backseat, I usually direct the airflow...
Forum: RV-4 04-23-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,320
Posted By Rick RV-4
Chris, You are correct, sir. You can use the...

Chris,


You are correct, sir. You can use the top of your top longerons - the section about two-three feet long that sits under where your canopy comes down (in other words where you would rest...
Forum: RV-4 04-11-2012, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,254
Posted By Rick RV-4
My thoughts

I just finished an RV-4 a little over two years ago. I had never built anything other than plastic models before that.

Some things to think about:

(1) Building one is not necessariliy difficult,...
Forum: RV-4 04-07-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,077
Posted By Rick RV-4
Agree with Mel

Mel's idea is exactly what I would do. In fact, I had to the same thing on my wing. I had predrilled skins (but not ribs) and I wasn't happy with where my holes were lining up on one of my ribs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2012, 06:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,510
Posted By Rick RV-4
Yes!

Plenty good . . . press on!
Forum: Propellers 02-22-2012, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,607
Posted By Rick RV-4
Repitch question

Thanks Mark!

So how long does it take you to do a re-pitch of your prop? I don't see adjusting it too often, but I'm curious as to how long it takes you.

Also, what about noise levels and...
Forum: Propellers 02-21-2012, 05:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,607
Posted By Rick RV-4
Whirlwind GA200L

Any new PIREPS on the Whirlwind ground Adjustable GA200L prop? I've read the other threads, but looking for any new info on performance, satisfaction, etc. Haven't seen any recent comments . . .

I...
Forum: RV-4 01-09-2012, 12:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,463
Posted By Rick RV-4
FWF Kit

Hi Eric,

I understand your frustration as I dealt with the same issue when I was finishing up my 4 about three years ago. I think the reason they don't provide more guidance is because everyone...
Forum: RV-4 12-14-2011, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,036
Posted By Rick RV-4
PC-680

I've had a PC-680 and I'm pretty happy with it. I may be wrong here, but I think the PC-680's performance actually improves when it gets colder. Maybe some electrical gurus can chime in.

You can't...
Forum: RV-4 11-09-2011, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,362
Posted By Rick RV-4
Performance numbers

Just out of curiousity, was it 165 knots or 180 MPH? Only asking because 165 knots equals 190 MPH. Also, was this Indicated, True, Calibrated or Groundspeed? Not splitting hairs, but that could be...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-05-2011, 08:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,815
Posted By Rick RV-4
Current info

Not much has changed from previous posts. I hangar my two planes at Zuehl - as discussed before, still has some Hatfield and McCoy issues, but it's the best place to hang out for flying fun and...
Forum: RV-4 09-20-2011, 10:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 953
Posted By Rick RV-4
The spar . . .

. . . . is great. My biggest advice on the wing kit (assuming you got the pre-punched wing skins) is that the pre-drilled holes in the wing skins didn't exactly match up with where they tell you to...
Forum: RV-4 08-18-2011, 07:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,453
Posted By Rick RV-4
Here's my speed

I have a 961 lb RV-4 w/ O-360 and Sensenich metal prop and the tall gear. All speeds are indicated in MPH, not knots.

I use 100 on downwind, 80 on base. Slow to 63 on final solo, 68 w/ a pax. I...
Forum: RV-4 08-04-2011, 07:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,136
Posted By Rick RV-4
Oregon Aero

. . . seats rock. I bought my Oregon Aero seats for around $800 if I remember correctly (this was about 2 yrs ago). I had Flightline Interiors do the covers. I provided my sitting height and weight...
Forum: Midwest 07-10-2011, 09:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Jon!

Thanks Jon,

I looked Williams Aero Estates up on line. Could not find much info . . . do you know if they have a website? I found it on Google Earth and it looks nice from the air. I did find a...
Forum: Midwest 07-10-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Dave!

Dave,

You are correct, the "box" was full - please resend when you get a chance . . .

Thanks,

Rick
Forum: Midwest 07-09-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rick RV-4
Detroit area airparks?

My wife and I are considering moving to the DTW area in a few years, and we would consider buying a lot now if the price and locations are right. Does anyone have any good info on airparks in this...
Forum: RV-4 07-04-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,664
Posted By Rick RV-4
Wings financial

Try Wings Financial (wingsfinancial "dot" com). They are an airline employee credit union, so they probably won't work for you, but it's worth the call for the small chance they might help you. ...
Forum: Northeast 07-01-2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,630
Posted By Rick RV-4
Call the EAA

While looking for a DAR to do my final inspection, I called the EAA and they gave me a list of nearby DARs (with their phone numbers). Easier than I would have thought.

Rick
Forum: RV-4 05-30-2011, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,066
Posted By Rick RV-4
Oil breather

Hi,

I ran a rubber hose to an aluminum line that terminated over one of the two exhaust pipes on the left side. Simple, and per the plans. I have been thinking about installing the Air Wolf mini...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-22-2011, 02:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 10,775
Posted By Rick RV-4
Use P Mags

I have an E Mag/P Mag combo. So far I love them, with absolutely no problems. Engine starts very easily and with an O-360 I burn about a gallon an hour less than my buddy's RV-4 with an O-320 at...
Forum: Texas (South) 12-17-2010, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,249
Posted By Rick RV-4
Another option

Try Zuehl Airpark just east of San Antonio . . .

Probably the cheapest hangar rates around ($150-$180 per month) for rent. Nice grass strip that can be used after a heavy rain. There are some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2010, 06:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,098
Posted By Rick RV-4
Dumb Air Oil Separator question

This is a little off-thread since it's not an RV problem per se. I do have an RV-4 and there seems to be a wealth of knowledge here, so I'll give it a try . . .

I have an Airwolf Air/Oil separator...
Forum: RV-4 10-26-2010, 02:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,659
Posted By Rick RV-4
72 by 85

Jim,

I went with the "standard" prop Van recommends for the 180 HP RV-4 (72" diameter by 85" pitch). I have the tall gear on my RV-4 and have absolutely NO problems with ground clearance. I'd be...
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