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Forum: RV-14 Today, 12:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,128
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, 03:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,099
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, 06:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
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, 06:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,725
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, 02:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,918
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, 07:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,081
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, 04:37 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 35,323
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, 04:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,460
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, 02:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,210
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, 04:13 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,905
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, 10:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,014
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, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 662
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, 11:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,500
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, 01:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,709
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, 04:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,091
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, 02:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,529
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, 04:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,902
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, 03:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 615
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, 12:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,737
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, 04:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
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, 01:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 971
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, 01:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,398
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, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,650
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, 03:15 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 69,553
Posted By pierre smith
Awesome

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

Regards,
Forum: RV-14 12-24-2020, 04:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,529
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, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
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, 11:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,058
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, 03:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,977
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, 02:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,532
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, 03:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 906
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, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 906
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, 03:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 906
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, 03:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,235
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, 03:32 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,636
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, 09:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,655
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, 04:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,655
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, 03:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,150
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, 04:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,866
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, 12:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,866
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, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,069
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, 02:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,069
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, 12:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,761
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, 02:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,835
Posted By pierre smith
Wow

You guys sure are an inspiration! Beautiful work..

Regards,
Forum: RV-10 11-16-2020, 02:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,413
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, 02:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,083
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, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,806
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, 04:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,083
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, 04:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,083
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, 07:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,083
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...
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2020, 04:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,550
Posted By pierre smith
No problem.

The nose gear RV’s all have excellent visibility on the ground. Zig-zagging is not at all unusual in taildraggers, as you mention.

Regards,
Forum: RV-10 11-02-2020, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,116
Posted By pierre smith
Parking brake

Mornin’ Matt,
You may well consider a parking brake while you’re at it. My -10 doesn’t have one and often wished that it did. There are several options.

Regards,
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-10-2020, 03:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,335
Posted By pierre smith
Good description.

Seems you have the trees managed...for now.:) Let. Us know.

Regards,
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-05-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,228
Posted By pierre smith
Welcome

While I don’t have much time in an -8, I can tell you, you’ll throw rocks at the Decathlon after you fly the -8!

The visibility is super and Ron Schreck (sp) on here, flies competition in one and...
Forum: RV-10 07-18-2020, 06:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,141
Posted By pierre smith
Note this.

When all is said and done, the trim tabs don’t travel equally, by design. They’re not supposed to. There’s a definite difference in their travel, by design.

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,304
Posted By pierre smith
Wow

Simply two of the most beautiful airplanes that I’ve ever seen on here, somewhat over done for some viewers.

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2020, 03:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,452
Posted By pierre smith
High step?

How many of you, as you age, have found the step kinda high? My -10 is right at knee level, making it a ‘big’ step, to lift my weight.

How’ bout a portable step to halve the climb?

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,812
Posted By pierre smith
Lost medical

Hi guys/gals
Last fall, after 46 seasons of ag work and never flunking a medical, both kidneys quit and I squeaked by the undertaker.

I told the FAA that I was taking dialysis three times a week but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,404
Posted By pierre smith
Look for cloud shadows movement..

Look for flags or clotheslines to find wind direction, if any.

Best,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,357
Posted By pierre smith
What sort of sawhorses for the wings?

Well, my -12 wings will be shipped in a couple of months and In order to be ready,, I'll need to build some sawhorses. Any advice on dimensions, caveats, etc would be appreciated.

Best,
Forum: RV-10 10-12-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,052
Posted By pierre smith
Order forms?

I'd like to oreder wings but can't find the order forms?

Best,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,563
Posted By pierre smith
Buyer beware

Years ago, winglets were made available for our Air Tractor ag airplanes, by an aftermarket supplier, claiming all sorts of benefits including reduced drag, reduced drift, etc.

It wasn't long before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,735
Posted By pierre smith
Post 911....

After 911, the FAA was concerned about someone loading our airplanes with Anthrax, or other lethal poisons and encouraged us to add a switch, somewhere, in series with the master and hide it inside...
Forum: Safety 06-28-2019, 04:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,740
Posted By pierre smith
I'll be 74

.....in July and my biggest problem is getting into or out of an RV-7. Last week I checked out a Fedex pilot in a beautiful glass equipped -7 and couldn't hardly get out. No more two-seat RV's for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,310
Posted By pierre smith
No insurance.

My opinion on insurance is that you don't need the additional outlay.

Just be very careful as to how far to let the trainee go. Don't let him/her smack the ground before taking over. The extra...
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