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Forum: RV-4 01-14-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 276,207
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, 04:33 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 276,207
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, 03:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,640
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, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
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, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,106
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, 08:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,832
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...
Forum: California 12-05-2017, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,957
Posted By smokyray
Weep no more...

Another option is HySol Epoxy made by Loctite....
Forum: RV-4 12-01-2017, 05:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,984
Posted By smokyray
In the details...

Carl,
Good point sir!
I was trying to emphasize (albeit vaguely) the need to make two logbook entries when you make a major change to an Experimental (amateur built) aircraft's performance/CG and...
Forum: RV-4 11-30-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,984
Posted By smokyray
Not done till the paperwork....

Dayton,
Here’s the FAA entry from my Ops Limits on the 0320A to 0360JJ conversion on the X.

"I certify that the prescribed flight test hours have been completed and the aircraft is controllable...
Forum: RV-4 11-30-2017, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Posted By smokyray
Gimme a brake....

Amen to what Bob said.
Additionally, take some fine sandpaper, roll it up where it will go inside the pin holes and lightly hone the holes. Then do the same on the pins. LPS 3 or equivalent on the...
Forum: RV-4 11-29-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,984
Posted By smokyray
Change in my pocket...

Dayton,
I was referring to the original Restricted Airworthiness Certification/Operating limitations you received from the FAA post construction. You can reference it for any major changes (prop, HP...
Forum: RV-4 11-29-2017, 01:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,984
Posted By smokyray
No substitute?

Hi Dayton,
Having done this conversion for several friends over the years here are a few points to ponder...

1. Vetterman 4 pipe won’t fit the same, you’ll need a new #4 pipe.
2. Will need new...
Forum: RV-4 11-16-2017, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 807
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

Tom,
I would plan on aerobatic CG weights based on 1/4 fuel in both tanks with the "Heavy Hartzell" out front. Then you can locate to battery on the firewall with no issues.
More fuel preferred? I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-16-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,405
Posted By smokyray
Well, not quite...

John,
I respectfully disagree.
Actually you are correct, there are two types of airplanes, "Fighters and Targets."
The RV is in the target category :)
V/R
Smokey

PS: The F-16C+ being my fighter...
Forum: RV-4 11-10-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 363
Posted By smokyray
Vets Day

To all my fellow Vets out there, Thanks For YOUR Service!
Remembering my F16/RV4 Brother Brian "Wolfman" Wolf (Gone West 11 years ago this week)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 523
Posted By smokyray
Happy Veterans Day

Guys,
To all my fellow Veterans out there, Happy Veterans Day! I'm also remembering my Brother in Arms and fellow RV4/F16 driver Brian "Wolfman" Wolf who was killed Eleven years ago today.

Thanks...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-09-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,231
Posted By smokyray
Speed is Life...well sorta.

FB,
The aforementioned numbers all work fine but are quite a bit faster than I prefer.

Aircraft: RV"X": RV4 Wing/Tail/Gear legs, RV6 fuselage. My flaps and HS/VS are 15% smaller/shorter and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 975
Posted By smokyray
In a Pickle...

Jerald,
It takes about 9qts to fill the engine but a good technique from my own experience is to plug the crankcase vent and invert it. I've also seen guys remove a spark plug from each cylinder,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-02-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,305
Posted By smokyray
Not quite....

Jamie,
Not quite. When you get it flying, that's the REAL 90% done, 90% to go stage...trust me:)
Looks good so far. My 2 cents after 25 years, 2 RV's and an HR2, keep it simple, cheap and light....
Forum: Propellers 10-26-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,282
Posted By smokyray
Dude!

Bob,
Am I reading this invoice correctly? Twelve THOUSAND bucks for a prop?

http://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/order_forms/hartzell_order_form.pdf

Dude...
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 10-26-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,851
Posted By smokyray
Bracket Air Filter

Jim,
Sounds like your RV4 was built and fitted with a Bracket Air Filter from certified aircraft parts.
Many early RV4 builders (me included) had few options in the plans for Carb intakes and...
Forum: Safety 09-24-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,290
Posted By smokyray
Nothing New...

Dave,
As Paul stated, this is an old occurrence and really should be an AD.
It's on my RV pre-buy look see list as well as I encountered it numerous times on inspections and on my own RV4.

My fix...
Forum: Propellers 09-13-2017, 03:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,703
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up!

Carl,
I've never been a fan of the Sensy FP metal props for the 0-320. Why? Having tested nine different props on my RV4 over a 10 year period it was the worst of the lot. I kept the results in a log...
Forum: Polishing your RV 09-13-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
Posted By smokyray
Painted Pony

By request...:)
Smokey
Forum: Polishing your RV 09-13-2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
Posted By smokyray
Blast from the past: Paint or polish?

Guys,
I recently found this photo I thought I had lost many moons ago, my RV4 over Johnson Creek ID circa 97'.
I couldn't afford paint or amenities so I opted for Met-All polish, "rag bag" from Home...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2017, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 804
Posted By smokyray
Harvey Relief Flights

For those of you interested in Operation Air Drop, here is the gouge:

If you plan on being a part of Operation Air Drop (http://mailchi.mp/cessna/harvey-relief-191739?e=448c4c1cba) and file IFR into...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-27-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 60,575
Posted By smokyray
Oldie but a....

My buddy "Oz"shared this photo several years ago when I joined on his right wing. A Swift driver friend captured the moment. He was flying the Collings Foundation B17 and I in my RV4, circa 1999....
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 08-10-2017, 04:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,576
Posted By smokyray
To each his own...

Sir,
Recently a customer told me of his issue with his Tip-Up leaking water on the avionics while flying in rain or when he opened the canopy after a rain. I told him to stop flying through rain!...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 08-10-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By smokyray
SNF will never be the same...

Charles,
I've been attending Sun N Fun since way back in the day (30+ yrs) when "Paradise City" was wall to wall campers, motor coaches and every possible ultralight aircraft imaginable. Some of my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,952
Posted By smokyray
G whiz...

Evan,

G loading on an Experimental Design (RV)as previously mentioned, is at your own risk, calculated as it may be. After building and flying my RV4 for 10 years, owning a Rocket for five more and...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-19-2017, 04:38 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 26,434
Posted By smokyray
Ware Island

Here's the AirNav Link, contact info included. Great spot, nice folks...(at least they used to be)

http://www.airnav.com/airport/01AL

V/R
Smokey
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-19-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 26,434
Posted By smokyray
Dr Jekyl's Island...

Vlad, here's one you should definitely visit, no PPR necessary. Jekyl Island GA 09J.
Here's a couple of pics from a few years back in my HR2...

https://s11.postimg.org/eg03wo38z/IMG_0347.jpg...
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2017, 07:54 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 276,207
Posted By smokyray
As old as you feel!

Awesome Jim, 68 years young! You're barely off warranty!

Great photo BTW, I can't quite make out what is under the Red circle/Slash ""do not" sticker...what is it?

V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 07-16-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 276,207
Posted By smokyray
20 years...

DR
My Four turns Twenty this week, the tail is actually 28!
Time flies, literally...

https://s24.postimg.org/w7z43jgd1/IMG_2823.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/o2h25ds41/)

Near Upper Loon Creek ID,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-13-2017, 09:35 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 90,608
Posted By smokyray
Vlad, The brotherhood....never changes. 16 of my...

Vlad,
The brotherhood....never changes.
16 of my classmates have gone west, 8 prior to their 40th birthday.

Your Reunion sounds like another RV9 Russian Epic, think you should attend..:)
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-11 07-11-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,027
Posted By smokyray
Five is enough...

Awesome Paul, I'll look forward to the article...
V/R
Smokey

PS:I guess DR will have to add another "RV type" to his thread list!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-11-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 90,608
Posted By smokyray
Time flies...

Ouch...
translation: Ой!

V/R :)
Smokey

PS: Old age and treachery wins over youth and enthusiasm every time...
Jimmy...
Forum: RV-11 07-10-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,027
Posted By smokyray
RV5

Chris,
Many years ago (when building RV's required you to drill alot more holes) I flew my RV4 to the annual RV fly-in in North Plains (old factory location, Van's backyard) Van took a couple of us...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-05-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 90,608
Posted By smokyray
The Airspace belongs to...

Awesome thread Vlad, again.
Having violated Russian Airspace several times (intentionally) while flying F16's in Japan in the late 80's (poking the Bear so to speak) I can relate!
Can't wait to...
Forum: RV-4 07-03-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,672
Posted By smokyray
No substitute...

The first RV4 I saw was a photo in an early Kitplanes in a magazine pile in our F16 Pilot lounge in Japan. Back then Vans was a small backyard company in North Plains
In 89" when I ordered my RV4...
Forum: RV-4 06-28-2017, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,937
Posted By smokyray
All bark, no bite...

Shu,
Having built a RV4 back in the 80's and put "several' (thousand) hours on it I can add my meager Dos Centavos.
First, I would never recommend the RV4 as a first airplane. Since you're a Sport...
Forum: RV-4 05-18-2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,072
Posted By smokyray
Hold me back...

Dave,
Glad to see it still works!
I have seen many iterations over the years and I adapted my own RV4 to my favorite, a deflated gas strut 1/2 the length of Scott's above. I removed the auto...
Forum: RV-4 04-27-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,381
Posted By smokyray
Nothing new under the sun...

Yes it seems there are no new questions or answers. just new people asking them. :)
I built my RV4 per the plans in the last century before internet chat groups. The builders group posted a article...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-14-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 107,600
Posted By smokyray
Spring in TX...

Nicely done again Vlad...now if you could find this one...mine.

https://s22.postimg.org/twr2xfnel/IMG_2189.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/twr2xfnel/)
I know, I know, it's not an RV but related to...
Forum: RV-4 04-14-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 47,324
Posted By smokyray
Clearance to move about the country...

Bruce,
I was a Big Tire "Beta Tester" having installed 380's on my Rocket and later my RV4 back in 2008. I purchased them after reading Steve Sampson's construction blog of his masterpiece RV4,...
Forum: RV-4 03-22-2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,193
Posted By smokyray
Nice landing...

Tom,
I built my RV4 back in the late 80's and have had a few years (and mistakes) to perfect/reject Ah Vee Four landing techniques.

I operated my RV4 primarily off a short, rough turf strip less...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,412
Posted By smokyray
The Mighty ND...

Dave,
I bolted a Narrow Deck 0-320 (Dash Nada) in both my RV4 and RV6"X" Hybrid. They are great, smooth and economical options to traditional newer or larger displacement engines. I paid $5K total...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 27,603
Posted By smokyray
Bang for your Buck

Tango,
Great post!
I've been impressed with UL since flying an early version in a CH750. Disclaimer: I know my subsequent posting from here on isn't totally RV related, but it directly relates to...
Forum: Builder Website Links 03-15-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,220
Posted By smokyray
Amazing...

Hi Chris,
Great to see an RV4 completion amid all the "pre-drilled/pre-punched" types that pervade this site...:)

You've chosen wisely...
Congrats!
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 03-06-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,756
Posted By smokyray
Size matters...

Todd,
Acft Spruce sells cables to order in any length, search aircraft engine controls.

I had an ETBI on both my RVX and my Sonerai (2180VW) Both worked very well and the Sonerai used a home-made...
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,295
Posted By smokyray
Skin in the game...

Guys,
VNE is a number calculated by the designer at which exceedance can potentially cause structural failure of one or more portions of the airframe. Aviation is full of stories where aircraft...
Forum: RV-4 02-28-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,295
Posted By smokyray
Bigger, thicker, stronger?

Spence,
I built an RV4 in the 80's and flew it 1000 hours. I later bought a flying HR2. I'm not an AE but my friend "KK" is. (designer of the RV10) He enlightened me on several key Rocket-ism's a...
Forum: RV-4 02-21-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,797
Posted By smokyray
Nothing new under the sun...

Marv/John,
This is an age old question that has been discussed many times over the years on this forum. A quick reference to the search tab above will yield a plethora of usable data on virtually...
Forum: RV-4 02-13-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,475
Posted By smokyray
Way back when...

Ron, I bought one of Larry's first 4 pipe systems for my RV4 when his business and the RV world was relatively new.
My performance was always excellent but more importantly that same system has 2500...
Forum: RV-4 02-08-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,254
Posted By smokyray
The Long and Short of it...

Larry,
All of the above are valid reasons to install long gear. I've proven the STOL aspect time and again in a friends long gear vs mine. However comma, some of us early 4 builders had no choice,...
Forum: RV-4 02-08-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,423
Posted By smokyray
Catto, the "Great-O..."

Back in the 90's I tested Craig's first 2-Blade and later an early 3-blade on my RV4.
I compared the two and three blades directly with my original Sterba 2 blade and a later a pair of Warnke (both...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2017, 11:00 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 14,382
Posted By smokyray
THE most important thing...

Brian,
As you well know there are way, way more important things in life than personal sport aircraft, eternity being the BIG one.
We'll be praying for your wife's speedy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,611
Posted By smokyray
You asked for it...

These are the same ones MAF uses on their Cessna 206's worldwide.

http://www.aerotwin.com/products/main_gear_gravel_deflectors.html


V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2017, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,611
Posted By smokyray
Not so fast...

Scott,
Many moons ago (1990's) I put a set of Kitfox 9"knobbies on my RV4 to try to operate out of my muddy strip and the ID backcountry in summertime. They worked OK but I found the speed loss and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-27-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,093
Posted By smokyray
Priceless...

CB,
The one thing in life you can't ever get back is time, especially with your Dad.
Nicely done!
V/R
Smokey

PS: Gives a whole new meaning to "Dorothy, we're not in Kansas anymore"...
Forum: RV-4 01-25-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,512
Posted By smokyray
In the Pit...

G'Day James,
Having looked at one or two RV4's over the past 26 years, I have seen several iterations of rear controls. Some better than others. Van took the best ideas and incorporated them into the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-15-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,802
Posted By smokyray
Not the end...

Guys,
I was an attendee Thursday to the first ever father son funeral service ever at USAFA in CO. The overcast cold day was briefly interrupted by the sound of freedom in the form of 4 Black T-38"s...
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