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Forum: RV-10 09-16-2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,096
Posted By pierre smith
No trim

The -10 climbs between 1500 FPM and 2,000 FPM so your right leg can easily handle a 5 minute climb to 7,500’, if you’re going that high.

Furthermore, by eliminating another electric trim device,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-17-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,083
Posted By pierre smith
No

I didn’t do the Synergy class but the stab will not be attached to the tail one, nor the vertical fin….
Regards,
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-27-2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 912
Posted By pierre smith
Yep

Call/contact me after 8:00 a.m. Eastern/478 494 3757

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2021, 02:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Posted By pierre smith
Local bank

Mornin’ Jack,
My local bank has financed my ag airplane and RV-10 purchases on many occasions, with very competitive interest rates. I’d try them first,

Regards,
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By pierre smith
Sikaflex on a -12

Mornin’ guys,
Just started the canopy on my -12 and wondered if any of you guys have Sika’d your canopy. Details, please,

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 19,991
Posted By pierre smith
A mess.

What it amounts to is that they’re finding a solution to which there is no problem!

Furthermore, they’re encouraging pilots and flight instructors to flaunt the law and train secretly.

Cheers,
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-04-2021, 03:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,685
Posted By pierre smith
Congratulations

As a 46 year ag pilot, I concur…simplicity.

Our 6A had a 180 hp Lyc, which we overhauled and used a three-bladed Catto…a fast, trouble free bird for 7 years and as many hours…a great...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-29-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,967
Posted By pierre smith
Not sorry

I can’t be sorry for such a life well lived. He went out in peace, probably smiling.

A great man with a life well lived.

Later, Smoky.
Forum: RV-10 06-29-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,891
Posted By pierre smith
I had two com antennas under the floor, between...

I had two com antennas under the floor, between the landing gear, an SL-30 and 430W and the reception was a 10, for both radios as well as transmission clarity, on the ground and in flight.

Regards,.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2021, 03:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,605
Posted By pierre smith
Yep

I’ve used my local bank for 40 years or more, buying airplanes for my business and the RV-10 for pleasure. Walking into a bank where you’re called Mr. Smith is a very welcome experience.

Good luck,
Forum: Northeast 06-23-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,612
Posted By pierre smith
No

As Paul pointed out, it’s not a matter of owning an -8…it’s a matter of having a rear set of brakes/rudder pedals..hardly any have that, except Bruce Bohannon.

Regards,
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-12-2021, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,422
Posted By pierre smith
Yes

Yes. Both airplanes had a belly below the level of the wings, so gravity ALWAYS kept the header tank full.

In the ag business, you’re so transfixed with avoiding obstacles at 130 + MPH that you...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2021, 03:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,422
Posted By pierre smith
Like this...

...perhaps a header tank like my Cessna Agwagon and my Air Tractor had...They’re both low wing aircraft and only had an “On-off” fuel valve. Both airplanes fed from both tanks all the time and never...
Forum: RV-14 06-03-2021, 03:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,185
Posted By pierre smith
Agreeed

I’m, 75 years old and have built three experimentals with a lifetime in Ag aviation. My choice is also the UL engine for my -12 but there’s a new problem.

In the past, it was ignition redundancy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2021, 12:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,491
Posted By pierre smith
Wow

....and I’m not easily impressed but that fairing is simply a work of art...Please don’t paint it....it’s beauty needs to be shown!

Regards,
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2021, 01:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,316
Posted By pierre smith
Nope

‘P-factor’ is not responsible for pitch up. P factor causes left yaw in our airplanes because the down-swinging propeller blades have a higher angle of attack than the up-swinging blade.

Pitch up...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-06-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 17,820
Posted By pierre smith
Yep

Jeremy, if you look at the -12’s wings, you’ll notice much larger area and remember, the airplane is a lot lighter as an SLA. Mine is close to flying with the UL engine.

Regards,
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-17-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 519
Posted By pierre smith
Pawn shops

Many of Van’s parts are ‘siamesed’ together, even six to ten parts, sometimes, in a strip that need to be separated...a cheap band saw with a metal cutting blade makes quick work of this (and your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,139
Posted By pierre smith
Machine gun like rain!

We’ve flown our -10 at 200 MPH in a downpour that sounded like machine gun bullets on the windshield. It did take some paint off the leading edges but never missed a beat. It can be done and we were...
Forum: RV-10 04-08-2021, 03:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,517
Posted By pierre smith
The panel

Van’s panel is really Fred Flintstone stuff! There are a couple of really modern panels available, with very easily removable panels for access to the rear.

Go with the latest state of the art EFIS...
Forum: RV-10 03-27-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,938
Posted By pierre smith
A BARGAIN

Ten years ago, the quick build kits were being assembled for what amounted to $10/hour....a real bargain, with expert workmanship by qualified aircraft assemblers.

I have no idea what the math would...
Forum: RV-10 03-23-2021, 05:37 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 38,471
Posted By pierre smith
Cirrus vs RV-10

Cirrus...over 100 emergency pulls. RV-10 - 0...and no structural failures.

Rest my case,
Forum: Safety 03-23-2021, 05:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,308
Posted By pierre smith
Yep.

Where planned maintenance caused even more ‘unplanned’ maintenance! An interesting read, with the observation made by a non-aviation man.

Cheers,
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-13-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By pierre smith
Done deal

Joe, Ray Lawrence in Sandersville, Ga already has the cowls and motor mounts for the RV-6,7,8,9, and -12 that I’m building....I was there two days ago (he’s 25 miles from me)...plus he’s testing the...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-07-2021, 05:13 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,976
Posted By pierre smith
Good advice.

Great advice, Ross but few will heed. I flew my -10 for 11 years with an Aerosport IO-540, with multiple trouble free trips to the Bahamas and back, listening to that engine purr.

It has a new home...
Forum: RV-10 02-14-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,469
Posted By pierre smith
Nope

No. Is 4 hours not enough? You have 3.5 hours with a 30 minute reserve and most bladders seem to have enough capability for that much air time.

Regards,
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 932
Posted By pierre smith
I am

Hi Joe....I'm going with the UL engine and as EAB. I tried deleting the cowl and motor mount but it's difficult to do. We shall see. Ray Lawrence already has cowls, motor mounts for the -6, -7, -8,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,022
Posted By pierre smith
Yep

Welcome to our group. I’m building a -12 and have needed a rivet squeezer a few times, installing nutplates. I did it all with a manual squeezer but a pneumatic one sure would be nice.

Regards,
Forum: Formation Flying 02-02-2021, 02:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,418
Posted By pierre smith
Tell me

Mornin’ Scroll
Question regarding your spinner paint. Have you noticed birds avoiding this paint job more than a solid painted spinner?

I’m building a -12 and we have a bird problem around here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 05:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,029
Posted By pierre smith
Agreed

Furthermore, there are instructors, myself being one, who’d gladly instruct in your RV-9. It is also allowed by regulations and there are examiners who’d give you your PPL check ride in the airplane...
Forum: RV-14 01-24-2021, 03:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,416
Posted By pierre smith
RV-4

Mornin’ guys.Ray has the engine in his RV-4, turned out to be a Rocket in performance! I was just there a couple of days ago and saw the longer motor mounts and cowls already developed for the RV-8,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2021, 05:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,530
Posted By pierre smith
Don’t lament

When I graduated from a Cessna Agwagon to my Air Tractor, the difference in ‘feel’ was enormous. I asked Leland Snow (Factory owner/designer) why that was.. He replied that it’s not a little Agwagon,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-23-2021, 04:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 847
Posted By pierre smith
RV-12 motor mount bolts

Mornin’ guys/gals,
Building on the firewall area, adding the upper two motor mount steel reinforcing brackets, I notice how small the bolt holes were. It appears to need 3/16” bolts when the holes...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-19-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,489
Posted By pierre smith
No return line

Hi...and welcome,
I have flown behind many a Lycoming and only my fuel injected RV-10 had a fuel return line. None of the carb'd engines did. Seems like the builder may have had some so-so advice and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-14-2021, 05:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,351
Posted By pierre smith
No

Mornin’...they’re discussing the RV-12 here, which does NOT have wing attach bolts, but large pins.

Cheers,
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-12-2021, 02:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,237
Posted By pierre smith
Lifting fuselage

Mornin’ guys/ladies,
My Finish kit is on order and I’m curious about how to raise the fuselage in order to install the landing gear. The tail cone is not attached yet, per Van’s advice. I have a...
Forum: RV-14 01-10-2021, 02:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,093
Posted By pierre smith
It can be done

Yep...it can be done if pilot technique is waaay off. During transition training instruction in my 6A, a bounce on landing had the student ‘chasing’ the airplane with a resultant porpoising. During...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,936
Posted By pierre smith
RV-10 gone..

Hi guys..well, my -10 is sold and it’s going to the Atlanta area, the new owner an airline type. I’m worried about shedding a tear when it leaves my hangar, I really do love the airplane....something...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-27-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 76,056
Posted By pierre smith
Awesome

Perseverance...gentlemen....under difficult circumstances! A big congratulations from another Rhodesian expat.

Regards,
Forum: RV-14 12-24-2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,416
Posted By pierre smith
UL results

Ray Lawrence, the UL importer, is a friend of mine. His 220 HP UL turbo has so far, maintained 36” up to 13,000’ ! He now has intercoolers installed and with his recently acquired oxygen, plans to go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 02:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Posted By pierre smith
Camera.

I have a camera on a tripod and take occasional pictures of me at work. I then transfer them to a hardware stick for the inspector to view when the time comes.

Regards,
Forum: RV-4 12-20-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,587
Posted By pierre smith
Camera

I set up a camera on a tripod and take a picture of me at work, every so often and transfer those to a hardware stick. The inspector can then sit and watch the pictures of your build proof when the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-20-2020, 04:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,790
Posted By pierre smith
Yep

12 years on the RV-10 and the EI sure makes for easy hot starts...

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2020, 03:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,406
Posted By pierre smith
Too picky?

Mornin’....don’t shoot me just yet but you may be too picky.. I have an RV-10 to sell and was turned down because the ‘glass’ is old school...Dynon 100 and D120.

The airplane has been to the Bahamas...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,138
Posted By pierre smith
Thank you

Thanks for the offer but it looks like we’ve found one 20 miles away!

Ray is not IFR rated, so he has to stay under 18,000’. Did you file to go to FL250?

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,138
Posted By pierre smith
Thanks

Thank you much. So Ray knows about it now?

The UL engine is one amazing piece of work and he still pulled 36” at 13,000’! Amazing, but he needs to go near 18,000’ for real life numbers.

Thanks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2020, 04:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,138
Posted By pierre smith
Need oxygen bottle.

Mornin’ all. Ray Lawrence needs an oxygen bottle for testing the UL turbo engine at high altitudes.

We’re in East central Georgia..Sandersville...call me 478 494 3757..
Thanks,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2020, 04:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,100
Posted By pierre smith
The acronyms and abbreviations are impossible to...

The acronyms and abbreviations are impossible to remember. A list of all of them in the back of the book would be very welcome.

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2020, 04:32 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,205
Posted By pierre smith
A wise move in the interest of safety but much...

A wise move in the interest of safety but much improved CHT cooling in the summer. My -10 climbs like a homesick angel with the nose on the horizon anyway.

Best,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,135
Posted By pierre smith
Lol...

It wasn't 'Joe average'...

Then again, I've been into and out of that strip many times so I kinda knew what the -10 could do....always an amazing airplane!,

Best,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,135
Posted By pierre smith
My 325 lb Pastor

In the interest of safety and curiosity, I’ve decided to post this.

My Pastor, a devoted Methodist, is an incredibly enthusiastic aviation aficionado. Anything that flies has his attention and so it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2020, 04:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,635
Posted By pierre smith
Fred Curtis

Ron, check with Dublin (Ga.) Air service. I’ve done my CFI renewals with him, in my RV-10 and he welcomes experimental. Stand by for his phone number when I get to the airport this...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,293
Posted By pierre smith
??

...and if the valve is closed, do you starve the engine of oil?

There has to be more....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,293
Posted By pierre smith
Nope

Hi Ed,
The general approach to oil temp control is in the air supply. Much safer than oil restriction....simpler too. Lotsa information on here regarding oil cooler control.

Best,
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-29-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,354
Posted By pierre smith
Yep

I’ve thought of doing that but there would still be stress with the skin trying to ‘spring back.’....and perhaps leading to stress cracks down the road.

I’d rather the skin ‘obey’ and lay snug...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-29-2020, 03:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,354
Posted By pierre smith
RV-12 wing walk doubler

Mornin guys/gals,
My wing walk doubler doesn’t conform to the leading edge radius at all. It makes about a 90 degree ‘bend’ but doesn’t curve around to the underside of the wing to lay flush. I’m...
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2020, 01:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,224
Posted By pierre smith
Thanks...

Thanks, Steve, for the clear explanation of the ‘reflex’ system. I’ve had my -10 for ten years and never run at zero degrees. Heavily loaded, on the way to the Bahamas, 4 aboard, baggage and full...
Forum: Formation Flying 11-25-2020, 03:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,317
Posted By pierre smith
Wow

You guys sure are an inspiration! Beautiful work..

Regards,
Forum: RV-10 11-16-2020, 03:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,139
Posted By pierre smith
Buy mine.

Mornin’ guys,
Buy mine and go flying RIGHT NOW!

It’s fully sorted, IFR ready and comfy at 200 MPH TAS! Front and rear seat heat, Vizion autopilot and a strong Aerosport built, IO-540!

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,369
Posted By pierre smith
The bank

Hi Colin, all my airplanes were financed at my local bank, including an Air Tractor for $350,000 on a ten year note. (That’ll give you some sleepless nights!)

Talk to your bank about the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-03-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,576
Posted By pierre smith
Plane power

I have the Plane power alternator driven by the gears in the accessory section and it’s a 13.7 VOLT SYSTEM. You check it by running the engine up and shutting off the primary alternator. The voltage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,369
Posted By pierre smith
Hi Gary,....now that sounds very fair, to both...

Hi Gary,....now that sounds
very fair, to both buyer and seller. Thanks for the input.
Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,369
Posted By pierre smith
Hi guy....long time no see! Yes, it’s on the...

Hi guy....long time no see! Yes, it’s on the market. My phone 478 494 3757.

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,369
Posted By pierre smith
Beware DARs

Guys, I had a DAR do a prebuy for an interested party and he found rust in my cylinders. Unfortunately, he didn’t say, “thin coating, or insignificant” rust, and it cost me a sale!

It sounds. Like a...
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