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Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,770
Posted By smokyray
Big Uns...

Hey KK,
Per our many discussions over the years concerning RV "off road" operations and Missionary Aviation in the far reaches (of the world) notwithstanding, as usual, YOU (Da man) deliver!!! Coming...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,511
Posted By smokyray

Got my collection of three projects, lots of head scratching, RV engineering and Eighteen years young aeronautical machine I call “The X” out of its hiding place (my garage) for an evening jaunt to...
Forum: RV-4 05-07-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By smokyray
Pedaling fast as I can...

Hey David,
Many years ago after reading an excellent article in the now defunct Van's RV8R newsletter, I installed the single best cockpit mod ever in my RV4, rear passenger foot-wells.
Now that...
Forum: RV-4 05-05-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,447
Posted By smokyray
A notch up...

Hey GH,
I built and started flying my Four back when we had to shoo Dinosaurs off the taxiways to go fly. The RV4 plans (if you built yours)have a great description and drawing of the front seat back...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,353
Posted By smokyray
Ya gotta ask...why?

Many years ago I attended the Oshkosh 25th anniversary of the RV (97') in my then new RV4. I got to visit with Van in the RV parking area, a place he used to frequent during fly-ins. One of...
Forum: RV-4 04-14-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,195
Posted By smokyray
I needa...

Hey Jim,
I built my Four BE-FORE the internet, VAF, heavy weldments, long gear and yes, flop tubes. Over the past 2000 hours of ownership by two(major league ADD) former Fighter pilots, the need for...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-13-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,822
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

As mentioned above, that's pretty hefty for a 6A and a concern for me personally as to useful load. My advice? Gain an appreciation for the design by building your own RV or, keep looking....
Forum: RV-4 04-12-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,179
Posted By smokyray
Bob Olds Light

That's actually a Bob Olds light kit, he was a Pre-Duckworks garage business RV4 builder in the 1990's. There are many Fours out there sporting his lights.
The beauty of his light was automotive...
Forum: ADS-B 04-11-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,446
Posted By smokyray
Red Tape personified...

Yessir, mine as well although I'm firmly placed in the 57% of registered GA aircraft yet to install ADSB-Out. I spend 100% of my workday operating in ADSB-Out airspace and have no desire to do the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,371
Posted By smokyray
Further Yobo update

Just in from Indy,
“Yobo is off the vent!! * O2 by cannual. * Dr said he’ll be confused for awhile after 8 days on vent and drugs. *Have to make sure he doesn’t get out of bed. *More...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By smokyray
Yobo Update

Just heard Yobo is being taken off the ventilator this evening.
Condition: IMPROVING!

God is good.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,371
Posted By smokyray
Prayers for Yobo

For you RV believers out there, keep my A-10/HR2/SW Capt friend Kent "Yobo" Yohe in your prayers. Kent purchased my HR2, served nearby me in Iraq in 2003 and is a believer.
He was sedated this...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-11-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,226
Posted By smokyray
L over D MAX...

One of my habit patterns having flown single engine airplanes (including the F16) most of my adult life in knowing best glide or max range.
It payed off twice, once in the F16 when my GE F110...
Forum: RV-4 03-10-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,239
Posted By smokyray
It depends....

Hey GH,
I started flying my early model short gear Four when we had to shoo dinosaurs off the runway before taking off! :)
My dos centavos has always been to wheels land on pavement, especially in a...
Forum: ADS-B 02-14-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,106
Posted By smokyray
Dollars to Doughnuts...

I used to tell my Dad everything we did was at the taxpayers expense but hey, I'm a taxpayer!"


It only took a few trips over Iraq at night (and 13 funerals for squadron...
Forum: ADS-B 02-13-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,106
Posted By smokyray
At your discretion...

Interesting and thanks for sharing.
I’m an ADSB outlaw, having no intention of purchasing or installing it anytime soon. 99% of my RV flying is outside required airspace and a recent jaunt through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,154
Posted By smokyray
Da Green Slime!

I've been Sliming the tubes in the tires of my two RV's, Rocket, Lawn tractors and Dirt Bike/Mountain bikes for 25 years. I buy it on Amazon in the 1 Gallon size! It's proven itself in the past...
Forum: Safety 01-28-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,103
Posted By smokyray
Turkey Chute...

I spent twenty-five years and over 5000 hours of my life sitting on an explosive (ejection) seat while flying. Having the seat there never gave me the impression of invincibility nor did it change my...
Forum: RV-4 01-28-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,235
Posted By smokyray
Backseat driver

I'm a Jurassic RV4 builder from the "light is right" or KISS (keep it simple stupid) generation. I never intended or needed a rear seat panel as I considered rear passenger foot-wells and a good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,295
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

My Early model RV4 weighed 915Lbs with no fuel or oil when the FAA DE looked at the scales during my inspection. Rather than any cool building shortcuts, I simply did without as my wallet was...
Forum: Texas (North) 01-01-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,085
Posted By smokyray
Plain Vinyl Wrapper

Hey Greg,
The best guys I have seen are in ATL but they advertise traveling to your location.
Worth an email...

Forum: RV-4 01-01-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 354,044
Posted By smokyray
Aereo Quattro

Forum: RV-3 12-30-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,507
Posted By smokyray
Enough Stuff..

Hey Rog,
While building my RV4 in the late 90's I shared a hangar with a Squadron mate who owned a very early RV3. It had an 0-235 with a Sterba Wood climb prop, very little accessories and VERY...
Forum: RV-4 12-24-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,631
Posted By smokyray
Four is more...

I built my Four back in the Jurassic period when it was the highest RV number and Van still worked out of his garage in North Plains. I had never even seen a real one (RV4) as I was stationed...
Forum: ADS-B 12-21-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,248
Posted By smokyray
Amen brother.

As a former terrorist hunter/killer I appreciate your service and candor, couldn’t agree more.
Privacy is still an inalienable right guaranteed in the Constitution. My ADSB solution? Its...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-14-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,009
Posted By smokyray
Four is more....

Hey Frank,
Many moons ago while flying my HR2 a guy let me fly his HR1. (1 of 3 flying). In a word, Wow, here is what I was looking for 30 years ago when I built my Four!
Whoa horsy, the modded kit,...
Forum: RV-4 12-13-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,818
Posted By smokyray
Cool it will ya...

I built my Four back when it was the highest model Van offered and T-Rex's roamed the taxiways and DR hadn't even conceived this site yet! (but had a great Yahoo chat group). The thinking then...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-05-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,596
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

I appreciate your candor and sense of weight awareness seemingly lost these days given most new RV's equipment lists.
Both my RV4 and RV6X weigh less than 950 lbs mainly due to doing without,...
Forum: Rocket 12-05-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,724
Posted By smokyray
Long Legs

Hey Danny,
My HR2's original fairings were home made and full of stress cracks from landing on my rough turf home strip and eventually rendered combat ineffective.
I contacted F1 Boss Mark and he...
Forum: RV-4 11-28-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,753
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

I was Craig’s first RV 2 blade beta test customer on my 150HP RV4 back in the early 90’s (68/68) Later I would test three more of his props including my current Gen II 2-blade prototype on my...
Forum: Propellers 11-27-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,730
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

Being from the Jurassic RV generation where the only props available were made from trees, I am “feeling Your pain” on RPM. Like everything in life, props on a RVs are a compromise. I’ve...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,575
Posted By smokyray
Short answer, mo HP!

Hey Scott,
The H2AD despite all it's bad press is a great bargain engine and best of all it's a Wide Deck 0-320. This means the case through bolts and cylinder base attach points are strong enough to...
Forum: RV-4 11-21-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 395
Views: 291,965
Posted By smokyray
Nicely done...

Awesome Frank, especially given how much of your time is spent making props!
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-21-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 619
Posted By smokyray

Very interested, PM sent.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,858
Posted By smokyray
Yea Verily

My RV6X sports an 0-360J2A (Robbie R22)
Helicopter engines vary based on HP, installation and service life. The cool part is some actually are rated higher HP than their aircraft counterparts due to...
Forum: RV-4 11-19-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 694
Posted By smokyray
Hey Stew, Had alot of requests for pics of my my...

Hey Stew,
Had alot of requests for pics of my my original "battery box baggage" setup in my RV4 The Bandit from (back in 97'). Hinged at front, cabinet latch at rear, holds oil, canopy cover, tools,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-13-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,149
Posted By smokyray
Green Slime

Safely stop the airplane on the prepared surface, then determine whether you can taxi. If on grass, good luck. I just helped clear an RV7 from an access road taxiway using a combination of portable...
Forum: ADS-B 11-11-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,248
Posted By smokyray
Need to know...

Yes, a positive, albeit surprising step.
Their real adventure will be trying to track (and penalize) Non-ADSB compliant flyers who simply refuse to install it and operate on the fringes of "required...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-02-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,115
Posted By smokyray
NGK? Not so much.

I bought Jeff Rose's first 0-320 Electroair system for my RV4 back in 94'. Since then my HR2 and current RV6X use both a P-Mag and a EI system. In all these years NGK is my least favorite plug...
Forum: RV-4 11-01-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,726
Posted By smokyray
Size matters...

Short answer, yes.
The RV4 and 6 VS and HS will mix and match, but require the corresponding Elev and Rudder as well. My RV6X actually has RV4 wings and tail(VS/HS) mated to a Six fuselage and flies...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,045
Posted By smokyray
In a word: Durango

Yup, up to CO and back, the flying collection of spare RV projects parts brought together by Divine intervention I call “The RVX” once again delivered. 1500 miles of gorgeous US ofA drifted beneath...
Forum: Reviews 09-24-2019, 01:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 394
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: 1,463
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: 3,854
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: 691
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: 3,311
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: 1,778
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: 556
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: 2,492
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: 2,492
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: 2,492
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: 2,335
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: 1,517
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: 2,405
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: 176
Views: 118,729
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: 2,066
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: 77
Views: 25,591
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: 3,429
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: 9,374
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: 2,296
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: 1,178
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: 2,699
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...
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