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Old 08-29-2006, 08:26 PM
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Default RV-8 N188PD Paul Dye

I started flying and working on airplanes when I was a teenager, and always knew that someday, i would build and fly my perfect aircraft. That dream came true when I finished my RV-8 "The Valkyrie", lifting off for the first time on October 9th, 2005, 30 years to the day after my first solo flight (in a J-3 Cub). Of all the airplanes I have been privileged to fly, none combines everything that I want in the same package as well is this one. It took me just 18 months and 1040 hours to go from first rivet to first flight using the Quick Build option and a lot of focus.





My goals in designing the systems and equipment for the Valkyrie were to make an airplane that I could depend on for traveling (IFR or VFR) and that I could have a lot of fun with flying locally as well. I wanted to push the envelope a little bit with technology, using the latest (within reason) equipment that would make the job of single-pilot IFR simpler and safer. I wanted to do away with vacuum systems, and get rid of mechanical gyros altogether. I wanted an autopilot that was simple to operate, yet could track a flight plan as well as hold heading. Redundancy to the single-fault tolerant level was a requirement, with dual redundancy desirable for functions critical to making it home. I fulfilled all of these desires with the Grand Rapids EFIS and TruTrak Autopilot coupled to the proven GNS 430 from Garmin. Backup navigation is provided by a GPS 18 receiver coupled to AnywhereMap, and the most recent addition, a Garmin 396 (with XM Weather) on a RAM mount. I designed my cockpit around the concept that everything should fall readily to hand with my eyes closed, and similar functions should be grouped together. I designed and constructed a triple-bus electrical system in a side panel, and equipped the plane with both a main and standby alternator, with an Odyssey main battery and a 30 minute standby battery for the EFIS.



The Valkyrie is powered by a TMX-O-360 built by Mattituck with all ECI components, coupled to a Hartzell Blended Airfoil constant speed propeller. I chose the carburated engine because it is simple, easy to work on, and I had no desire to fly extended negative G aerobatics.

The airplane flew unpainted for about six months before visiting GLO Custom paint shop in fort Worth, Texas. Grady O'Neal executed a beautiful paint job in the month that the plane was there, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. You can find many more pictures on the VAF Web site (courtesy of Doug Reeves) at the following link:

http://www.vansairforce.com/images/P...RV8/index.html

There are additional cockpit pictures in the VAF Forums, where Doug put together a "Virtual Tour":

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...flight+Cockpit

And the name (Valkyrie)?

"With the airplane finally ready to make it’s public debut (out of the paint shop), I guess it is time to give her a name! Seeing as how my ancestral home is on the Iron Range of Minnesota, it seems appropriate that my airplane be named to recognize the Scandinavian roots of my heritage. My NASA call sign of “Iron Flight” was chosen to honor my grandfather, who worked in the iron mines that have generated so much of the industrial might of our nation. In Norse Mythology, the great warriors and gods are linked to iron – the metal of swords and hammers. In those legends, the god Odin is said to be served by a race of beings whose duty it is to transport the spirits of the greatest warriors to their reward in Valhalla. These beings are often represented as riding winged horses, and therefore it seems fitting that my airplane be given their name, as I can think of no more appropriate appellation than….the Valkyrie!"
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:27 AM
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Paul,
Your airplane, among others, is the reason I have chosen to build the -8. Incredible!!!
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:09 PM
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Hey Paul, what do you think about the rudder pedal extensions? I'm at the point of either adding them or just pressing on. As it seems the thing to do, I was wondering if you have actually noticed a difference as in, if they weren't there would you miss them?

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Old 09-17-2006, 11:52 PM
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I like them, but this is going to be very much a personal fit issue, depending on the size of your foot, and what angle you like to have your ankles at. The original reason I did them was based on reading I did on previous builder's web sites aimed at making sure you didn't inadvertantly apply brakes. I don't think this is really that critical (after a lot of -8 flying), so I just like them becasue they fit me.

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Old 12-13-2006, 08:06 PM
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Question Rearview mirror???

Paul,
is that a rearview mirror on the canopy rollbar in the top left hand corner of the pic? If so, why?
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:16 PM
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Paul,
is that a rearview mirror on the canopy rollbar in the top left hand corner of the pic? If so, why?
I won't answer for Paul, but I use mine to make sure I've completely blown past the respective spam can, before any aggresive maneuvers. Plus it's helpful in formation flying and taxiing to keep an eye on things.
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:29 PM
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Paul-

Did you make the rudder pedal extensions on your own or from plans, etc. ?

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Old 12-13-2006, 08:43 PM
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Mirrors....I got the idea from Kahuna (Autozone mirros with velcro), and primarily use them to maintain eye contact with passengers. Very useful to make sure they are still with you and not turning green...

Pedal extensions .... I just looked at pictures (I think they were from Randy Lervold's RV-8 site) and copied them - plans not required.

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Old 12-13-2006, 08:54 PM
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and primarily use them to maintain eye contact with passengers. Very useful to make sure they are still with you and not turning green...
Won't the splatter on the back of your neck tell you that?



Beautiful aircraft, Paul. Best looking -8 I've seen yet.
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My Dad just called and asked me if I had read the latest RVator (yes) and had seen or heard of you and your plane (yes)?

He rarely calls after eight at night.

What about it? "It's EXACTLY how I want to paint my Rocket! I even like the black up on top of the canopy area."

He/ we sure like your paint and plane Paul. Nice job.

(you don't think he would try to even duplicate the NASA shuttle honorary successful flight emblem, do you? )
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