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Forum: RV-3 12-06-2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 121,971
Posted By smokyray
The View...

Overheard at very loud volume in a briefing room next to mine in our F16 Squadron many years ago by a weapons school instructor speaking to a new guy...
"Dude, it's not about the canopy, it's about...
Forum: RV-3 12-06-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 121,971
Posted By smokyray
Fair Dinkum

G'day Andre',
VERY nice FB-3!
Many years ago while flying my very early HR2, I met a Harmon Rocket ONE owner, John's first attempt at Rocket performance.
Only a handful were ever built. Prominent...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-04-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,089
Posted By smokyray
Juicing...

Jim,
Many years ago I was contemplating "improving" my garage overhauled 0-320A in my RV4. Both Slick Mags had an AD and one had a significant drop during checks. This was in the days of pre-VAF, pre...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-28-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,766
Posted By smokyray
How do you spell: efficiency?

Great thought processes, my favorite airplane for pure cost/speed vs efficiency is the record-breaking Arnold AR-5.
And....it had a Catto...
Forum: RV-4 11-27-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 521
Posted By smokyray
No Worries?

Larry,
The angle isn't that big of a deal, bend your aluminum fuel feed line behind the firewall accordingly. Most Jurassic RV4 builders (like me) used a steel firewall through fuel fitting:...
Forum: Rocket 11-27-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,791
Posted By smokyray
De Oppresso Liber...

Mike,
First, THANKS for your service.
Yes, the F16 is the Swiss Army Knife of Fighters, we do alot of things pretty well, the Hog (A-10) does one thing really well, CAS! (Close Air Support) One...
Forum: RV-4 11-21-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By smokyray
By the book...

The "factory setup" when I built my Four, per the plans was manual flaps, my personal preference.
Not to take anything away from Pat's excellent PH Aviation products...:)

V/R
Smokey
Forum: Rocket 11-21-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,791
Posted By smokyray
Arrested...

No worries brother, just lower the hook...:)

https://youtu.be/S38uYf6nPi4

V/R
Smokey
Forum: Rocket 11-21-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,791
Posted By smokyray
Well, sorta...

Well, there is one. You could add, climb at greater than 10K a minute, accelerate to Mach 2, carry 10K of various and sundry high explosive ordnance, support troops in contact in a combat zone,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-20-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 296
Posted By smokyray
Wanted: Garmin 696

Wanted, a serviceable Garmin 696.

Email preferred: smokyray@rocketmail.com

Thanks
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 11-17-2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,293
Posted By smokyray
Finally, air....

Larry,
Cheez just sent me this photo, he's been down unda, that's why it took awhile. Purchase the Van's SV-1 Vent Kit and download cutting template online. I glued mine to the inner skin with HySol....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-14-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 229
Posted By smokyray
Wanted: TruTrak Gemini ADI

Wanted: TruTrak Gemini ADI only.
Trutrak ADI also considered.

email: smokyray@rocketmail.com
Thanks!
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,293
Posted By smokyray
Venting a bit...

Arlie/Mike,
There are many ways to skin the proverbial cool air cat, ( I had 4 different vent combos on my Four) however, Hollywood's NACA vent on the underside of the cowl cheek is slick.
I will...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,293
Posted By smokyray
A bit Cheeky...

Larry,
My buddies "Hollywood and Cheez" of Hotel Whiskey Aviation both installed their NACA ducts on the underside of the cheek on their Fours, nearly invisible unless you know where to look. VERY...
Forum: Rocket 11-10-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,050
Posted By smokyray
Yours is not to question...

First answer: WHY? My manual flaps on my HR2 were extended at either half or full or "pilot's choice" by pressing the button and pulling slightly.
You might try your prop in a flatter pitch,...
Forum: California 11-03-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,548
Posted By smokyray
Sierra Hotel....

Gash,
My sentiments exactly and good call on the bikes. My first trip there was in my RV4 and later in my HR2 which have 380X150X5 tires with API/Flyboy tailwheels but neither was required there.
My...
Forum: Propellers 10-31-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,133
Posted By smokyray
Not now Catto...

Wow, Craig has come a long way....
I was ready to give a long dissertation on using sharpies and a roll of solder to help cut the Vans spinner, but after seeing Craig’s carbon model above, why...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,143
Posted By smokyray
The Iiliad and the...Odyssey?

Carl;
Great info from the group.
I agree, an AGM battery stored at extended periods near room temp will last a long time.
The PC680 in my RV4 was purchased in 2002. It lasted until the new owner...
Forum: Midwest 10-26-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,149
Posted By smokyray
Eastbound and down...

Hmm,
I can see the NTSB report now,
The Experimental Aircraft, over laden with contraband and in clear violation of Federal mandates (illicitly purchased alcohol being transported across state...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 10-25-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,372
Posted By smokyray
Southern Comfort...

Dave,
As a Southern Jurassic RV4 and current RV6X Slider owner, canopy type boils down to one thing, comfort.
Having flown a very well air conditioned Jet with a forward tilt-Up (F-16C) for 25...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,267
Posted By smokyray
Missing Link...

Bruce/Steve,
My biggest issue with the RSL vs Lynx was my "Off Road sturdiness required" on my operational requirements list.
It wasn't the positive feedback of the Rocket Steering but the lack...
Forum: RV-4 10-23-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By smokyray
Oh, my ribs...

Ryan,
JJ is correct. My RV4 plans are from 1989 and have several slight discrepancies.
The main reason is so that the D section can be built with solid rivets.
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,267
Posted By smokyray
Chain Chain Chain...

Doug,
I suppose I am from the RV "Bush-plane Wannabe" side of total performance with 80+% of my landings are off pavement.
My RV4 (and RV6"X") had chains initially back in the 90's but now has "the...
Forum: RV-4 10-22-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By smokyray
Hasta La Vista....

David,
Two words: Good Riddance!
Short answer is I never installed one in any of my 3 RV's. Why? Same reasons as you deduced and in addition the 3HP it robs your engine during operations.
Lastly...
Forum: RV-4 10-18-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,349
Posted By smokyray
Hey, that's me...

Richard,
Yessir, I can totally relate as well, the one they were usually accusing was me!
Lance assured me he can make a custom RV4 canopy to help solve height problems or contour it closer for...
Forum: RV-4 10-17-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,349
Posted By smokyray
Thoughts are free....

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My first F-16 instructor's description of flying the airplane...:)


Each to his own I suppose although I used to tell my kids "before calling someone dorky, look in the mirror."...
Forum: RV-4 10-16-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,349
Posted By smokyray
Head games...

Dayton,
At 5"10" my RV4 seat height with 3" cushions was tailor made for me. However, I have assisted several "Height challenged" 4 Bros with the same tricks mentioned above.
You can even recline...
Forum: RV-4 10-14-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 843
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up...

MB,
I would go with the Prince as it’s very durable (composite) and I found (9 props tested) 68-69” diameter is ideal for turf, gravel or rough pavement on my short gear Four. Lonnie Prince also...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-06-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 676
Posted By smokyray
See the light...

Kenny!!!
As you know, more than one way to skin a cat, especially exterior lights.
Here is the link to the FAA regs Whelen posts on their site....
Forum: Propellers 10-05-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,520
Posted By smokyray
RV Quote of the year...

Cyrus,
For me (and many others) either.
Well said...
V/R
Smokey

https://vimeo.com/14925548
Speaking of costs, Fast Fwd to 3:11
Forum: RV-4 10-05-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,222
Posted By smokyray
Can it be true?

Ryan,
As a Jurassic RV4 builder who remembers drilling (and dimpling) alot of holes I am for once, speechless...:)
Say it isn't so...

V/R
Smokey
Forum: Reviews 10-05-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 967
Posted By smokyray
Ditto....

Dave,
Not surprised.
Lance purchased my RV6"X" several years ago. From our first correspondence to my re-purchasing my RVX back from him several years later, my two word summation of the experience...
Forum: Propellers 10-05-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,520
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute!

Cyrus,
Here is one idea on ELT antenna placement, "LL" (Judoka on VAF) came up with. As Forrest said: I like it...alot.:)

https://i.postimg.cc/kG242dbw/IMG_7775.jpg...
Forum: Propellers 10-05-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,520
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

Cyrus,
All of the above replies are good solutions.
Sam@Saber fabricated my aluminum prop shaft extension (spacer) on my RV6X's 0-360J for the Catto 2 blade Gen2 it currently sports. I installed...
Forum: Safety 10-04-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,786
Posted By smokyray
ELT for me?

Guys,
The FAA regulation (91.207) below has exemptions listed to the requirements section as well a list of 406MHZ PLB's that can be used in lieu of an ELT if you fly solo, or are engaging in...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,222
Posted By smokyray
Sharp as a tack...

Man, all these years and I thought it stood for "Standard Kit"
Learn something every day...:)

V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-02-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,901
Posted By smokyray
Over the Top...

Ron
Several good posts above.
Bottom line, after 25 years of positive G (non inverted fuel/oil) aerobatics in my RV4/HR2 and RVX plus a few years (25) in the F16, my advice? (like you've heard...
Forum: RV-4 09-30-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 953
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up....

Jim,
The boost pump is specific for Fuel Injection but attainable easily otherwise. It's not a deal breaker, just trying to save you a few $$$.
The IO-320 with the Bendix Servo will accept...
Forum: RV-4 09-29-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 953
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up...

Uitstekend Hans!
I assisted a friend installing the Decathlon engine/prop combo you mention onto an RV4 with no mods many years ago and it worked very well. The blade shape on this particular...
Forum: RV-4 09-29-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 547
Posted By smokyray
Four Power!

Jim,
I built my RV4 25 years ago when there was much more FWF Experimentation taking place than now. I've seen numerous plug and play FWF from certified airplanes that worked well and saved...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-27-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,215
Posted By smokyray
Back to the future...

I have to admit, as a three time RV builder and A&P I have always been leery of auto conversions.
Why? They were never engineered to run at 75% power for extended periods, front crankshaft bearings...
Forum: RV-4 09-24-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 494
Posted By smokyray
Spinner doctor....

Greg,
Wait till he gets back with it, then use the broken one as a pattern if there’s anything left. Vans sells 12” RV4 spinners on their accessories link. Lonnie Prince also sells fitted 12” RV4...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-21-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,462
Posted By smokyray
The Dance...

Gday Pete,
Have to agree as well. Having a couple of grand in the Scout myself, the RV is a pussycat tail dragger.
The Pitts S1A in a crosswind on pavement however, is a salsa dance...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-18-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,379
Posted By smokyray
EI EI O....

Rusty,
I bought one of Jeff Rose's first Electroair systems back in the early 90's for my 0-320A powered RV4 and used his stock automotive wires with Autolite 386 automotive plugs with no radio noise...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-18-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,758
Posted By smokyray
Jettison of the aircraft...

Short answer (having attempted opening it inflight as low as 60 KIAS) NO. The slider canopy could be easily modified to jettison.
I don't know of any successful RV bailouts and I've been around...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-17-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,585
Posted By smokyray
Slime and break dancing...

Ivan/Jack

1.Okay, you were able to remove the wheel but how did you get the tire off the two rim halves without a tire brake? Or did you?

Yessir, the way I always have, I place a wooden block under...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-17-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,585
Posted By smokyray
Slime in time...

Ivan,
Thanks for posting, a very frustrating find for sure.
Years ago it happened to me in the heart of the Idaho back-country on a remote USFS dirt strip (U72) in my RV4. Not a great place for...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-04-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 967
Posted By smokyray
That thing Turbo-charged?

Yup, sorta...
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=66768&highlight=rv6+turbo

V/R
Smokey

PS: Hit the search tab above, most any question has already been asked...trust me. :)
Forum: Rocket 09-04-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,545
Posted By smokyray
No comparison...

Astro,
I owned my early model HR2 for 4 wonderful, fun, adventurous albeit expensive years. Having flown just about every iteration of the RV8 except the Six banger, there is no comparison.
The HR2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 387
Views: 88,383
Posted By smokyray
An RV...RV!

My buddy DR brings up a much maligned point, one shared by many of us "back-country" RVer's.
Why not an RV-Bush Plane? If you build it, they will come...

My vote?
Something like...
Forum: RV-4 08-14-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 58,306
Posted By smokyray
Tough Mudder

Vern, glad the RT's and your James pants worked, but my whole reason (and anyone else) for installing 380's is the wider footprint on soft ground. Reason is, they work. They also improve handling on...
Forum: Propellers 08-14-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,270
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

I bolted Craig's first 2 blade RV prop on my RV4 in 1998 to assist in testing and getting the word out to other RVers at that time.
Twenty years later my current RVX sports Craig's third iteration 2...
Forum: RV-4 08-14-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 58,306
Posted By smokyray
Sam's Club

Mani,
My HR2 had Sam James Pants on it when I bought it. When I converted to Rocket to the 380's, I attempted to retrofit and modify the SJ pants but they were too narrow, shallow and would have...
Forum: Rocket 08-06-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 903
Posted By smokyray
Winging it...

Scott,
I've owned and rebuilt a early HR2, built a 4 and installed a set of modified RV4 wings on an RV6 fuselage.(I call it the RVX) As so eloquently mentioned above, the RV4/6 HR2 wing ribs, skin...
Forum: RV-4 08-06-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,974
Posted By smokyray
See the Light...

David/BB,
Thanks for the informative posts.
My RV4 and RVX have Bob Olds landing lights which use good old WalMart Square plastic automotive halogen headlights. The originals still work after 20+...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,777
Posted By smokyray
Four-ward CG...

Bernie,
Good considerations. I finished my RV4 25 years ago after reading a magazine ad from Vans touting "Total Performance." The plans back then were pretty specific concerning aft CG and Aft of...
Forum: RV-4 08-02-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,070
Posted By smokyray
Holey Cowl

Mark/Bill,
As mentioned above, Van's has made several different cowl iterations for the Ah-Vee-Four over the years.
Initially, the old vinyl-ester cowls most of us original builders dealt with came...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-19-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,381
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, 07:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,442
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, 08:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,542
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, 01:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,261
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, 02:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,436
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...
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