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Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-03-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By smokyray
Ray Hill, Southern Gentleman

Guys, I'm sad to report my good friend and RV guru Ray Hill went to be with the Lord on April 20th. He basically ran the Prattville AL airport and was a wealth of IA knowledge, experience and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-29-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,551
Posted By smokyray
It's a gas gas gas...

My Dad ran 87 Octane Non Ethanol MoGas in our Families 0-470 powered 57' C182 for 20 years. He had the STC which was nothing more than a placard and a set of guidelines but appreciated. Thanks,...
Forum: RV-4 04-22-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,095
Posted By smokyray
Glove box in a Four?

GH,
One thing to consider when you remove the battery between your legs: a forward baggage area. I too moved my RV4 Odyssey battery to the firewall, then hinged my battery box cover and voila' glove...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,095
Posted By smokyray
The standard...

Pretty much everyone. Vans even sells a standard size firewall mount for the PC680 in their accessories catalog. I even ran a PC925 in my Rocket, later it went in my Tacoma!
I'm on my 5th one in...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-19-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,393
Posted By smokyray
Strong Contender: The RV15?

I really believe Van could develop a great kit airplane with these capabilities...
If he wanted to or the market would support it, both of which seem doubtful at this time....
Forum: RV-3 04-03-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By smokyray
Fill er up...

Paul,
I've installed three sets of Hotel Whiskey tanks. My RV4, HR2 and current 6X. Hollywood and Cheez are good friends from a previous life and we built our fours at the same time. I'm sure if you...
Forum: RV-4 03-31-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,008
Posted By smokyray
R&R vs R...

Hey Fox Bravo,
I agree wholeheartedly with repair vs replace. There are plenty of talented welders in Central FL, I used to live there.
Years ago I R&R'd my Conical mount RV4 short gear for a...
Forum: Propellers 03-11-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 956
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

Jeff,
I had three different MT fixed pitch props on my RV4 and 6 X-Ray. I ordered them gray/red and black/red and never touched them other than torque checks. MT paint is fairly resilient to rain I...
Forum: RV-3 03-04-2021, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 924
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up..

I spent a week prepping an 0-320 powered -Three to go to Germany. (Heard it's in Italy now) It has a Catto 69/69 which worked well. I tested several props for Craig on my 150HP RV4 back in the day...
Forum: RV-4 02-24-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,141
Posted By smokyray
RV-4 Action Photos anyone?

Here's my post of my RV4 in action way back when over the ID backcountry taken by my good friend and F16 squadron bro "Chuck" from his dialed in Cessna 180K.
Chuck texted it to me last week when we...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-12-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,724
Posted By smokyray
It's a gas gas gas

I've used a similar tank in my RV4 prior to my Hotel Whiskey Aviation aux tanks.
Both of my RVs and HR2 have this marvelous, highly recommended mod:http://hotelwhiskeyaviation.com/

However comma,...
Forum: RV-4 01-21-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 259,933
Posted By smokyray
Look out the window...

Very nice, that throttle does look very familiar somehow...hmmm
Having spent a lot of time staring at glass I now make an extra effort to "look out the glass"canopy that is...
Nicely...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-24-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,790
Posted By smokyray
Skipping rope...

https://i.postimg.cc/dtkPjLtV/29e10d1fee66cb92e52b0a3c88f398c2.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

Yessir, I figured the RV15 is already designed and my guess is it's not what were chatting about,...
Forum: RV-4 12-23-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,627
Posted By smokyray
Valor

Discretion is the better part of Valor...
and don't stop asking questions!
:)
V/R
Smokey

PS: If you really want to appreciate the RV4, build one...
Forum: Safety 12-23-2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,346
Posted By smokyray
KISS

AMEN Brother...
:)

V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-23-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,790
Posted By smokyray
The New normal...

Interestingly enough I have spoken with Van personally many times over the past 30 years. The first being a very long distance call while stationed in Japan many moons ago(1989) with an RV4 kit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,305
Posted By smokyray
Delta Romeo, the legend lives on

Guys, 2020 has been a challenging (gross understatement) year for me personally and today my fun meter was fully pegged until...

Christmas in Texas came early!
Today over my house I heard such a...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-22-2020, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,962
Posted By smokyray
Spark in the dark...

I've operated three different RV's in a One mag, One EI configuration for 25 years and over 4000 hours. No issues whatsoever. In fact, the mag is actually the weak link.
Way back when Vans aircraft...
Forum: RV-4 12-16-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,344
Posted By smokyray
Light up my life

Dan,
Being a Jurassic RV4 builder, landing light options 25 yrs ago were limited and many builders opted to omit them altogether. I opted to cut the hole, fabricate a .020 cover plate and wait.
...
Forum: Propellers 12-11-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,400
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

Justin,
Can't help with Sterna but I flew a Sterba 69/69 on my RV4 and VW powered Sonerai for three years.
I have seen the Sterna on several R-912 powered LSA's. Realize that the few successful...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-01-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,170
Posted By smokyray
Sad

David,
Thanks for sharing and sad to hear for you.
I too have flown my Four, 6X and HR2 into KTEX numerous times over 25 years, every time is different. Despite it's apparent simplicity it earns...
Forum: RV-4 12-01-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,886
Posted By smokyray
Nowhere to hide...

Stew,
Alot depends on which ELT you install.
I wanted mine accessible in case of quick post-crash egress to carry out for rescue, forward of the CG (150HP/wood prop) and in plain sight. I bought an...
Forum: RV-4 10-29-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,333
Posted By smokyray
She got legs...

G'Day Pete,
I mulled going to long legs many moons ago when I upgraded my Four from an 0-320A to a Hot-Rod E2D with 175HP.
After much gnashing of teeth I decided to stay with short legs, found a guy...
Forum: RV-4 10-28-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,473
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

I would consider 1020 acceptable but a bit "chubby for an 0-320 with a woody".
:)
My Four tipped the FAA scales at 925lbs in 1996, 0-320A/ Sterba, few amenities, no paint and few creature comforts....
Forum: RV-4 10-20-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,583
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

Dave,
That's alot of weight on the nose of a 4, lots of thrust as well.
Not surprised.
I performed the entire test profile on a 300HP MT propped Bearhawk. I was able to cycle it's MT prop/IO540 at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,042
Posted By smokyray
Grass Roots...

Het Gary,
Yep, age old problem and a great solution.
Mine was easier, avoid paved runways....

Smooth every time. :)
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 877
Views: 1,144,106
Posted By smokyray
Shiny thang...

Great minds think alike...:)

https://i.postimg.cc/MHztbfpm/329311-EC-6410-4-C0-C-9952-2-D9-BD82-DE72-D.jpg (https://postimg.cc/sQ0p3XSM)

My RV4 The Bandit, ID backcountry circa 1997...Rustoleum Red...
Forum: RV-4 09-05-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,097
Posted By smokyray
Light is right...

Sean,
My 0-320 wood propped version tipped the scales at 915# the day the FAA showed up to sign it off in 95'.
Over the years a paint job, heavier hot rod wide deck 0-320, Catto prop and Radio...
Forum: RV-4 09-03-2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,641
Posted By smokyray
Too Tall?

Hey Dayton,
Ive set up a couple of Fours over the years for tall bros and they are fairly simple to downright expensive, but very doable.

1. Thinner cushions. Buy a roll of NASA foam online and...
Forum: RV-3 08-31-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,587
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

Hey Chris,
One more plug for Craig's Catto's product although I'm a bit biased, I tested his very first 2 blade RV prop on my 150HP RV4 back in 98'.
I've know Craig and his family for over 20 years...
Forum: RV-4 08-19-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,735
Posted By smokyray
Depends...

Hey Sully,
The original RV4 plans show the oil cooler mounted on the left rear aft side of the engine baffling. MANY iterations of that mount have appeared over the years including my own Four I...
Forum: RV-4 08-11-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,998
Posted By smokyray
Forward baggage, sorta...

Stew,
Short answer, yes.
When I built my Four back in the late 80's. innovation still started with "I." Before the Eight was even a thought, the RV4 needed a forward baggage container.
I came up...
Forum: Reviews 07-24-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,772
Posted By smokyray
Spell check...two, three four 🤨

My apologies Rick (and Walt) spell check got the best of me, again.
Regardless, your business and product is first class, THANKS!!!!
V/R
Smokey
Forum: Reviews 07-23-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,772
Posted By smokyray
EXP is EXC!

I recently had the privilege of utilizing the services of Walt Aeronov's EXP Aviation services.
Walt is a TRIG Avionics dealer and had not only helped save me over a thousand dollars adding ADSB...
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,773
Posted By smokyray
Ah Vee Fo...

G'Day Pete,
Great inputs from those above. I too built and owned a 150HP wood propped light, (925lb) basic RV4 "day fighter".
Back in the day (Post 9/11) Eleven of my F-16 Squadron mates purchased...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,699
Posted By smokyray
God & Country

Early 4th of July morning dawn patrol with Grandson ride along before our nearest star started heating up Tejas to oven levels.
Awesome!
Bottom line, I'm thankful for the freedoms we enjoy courtesy...
Forum: Propellers 07-02-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,869
Posted By smokyray
Dollars to Doughnuts...

Guys,
This is an age old discussion that will never be truly settled as everyone (thank God) has their own opinion.
Way back when (post 9/11) my F16 squadron had purchased (or built) 13 RV's, 11...
Forum: RV-4 06-02-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,551
Posted By smokyray
Mo Power...

This unfortunate incident (from the NTSB report) looks more like Pilot error or buffoonery by taking off with a known problem than the auto engine conversion itself.
At least he lived to tell about...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,907
Posted By smokyray
Big Uns...

Hey KK,
Per our many discussions over the years concerning RV "off road" operations and Missionary Aviation in the far reaches (of the world) notwithstanding, as usual, YOU (Da man) deliver!!! Coming...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,341
Posted By smokyray
Joyride

Got my collection of three projects, lots of head scratching, RV engineering and Eighteen years young aeronautical machine I call “The X” out of its hiding place (my garage) for an evening jaunt to...
Forum: RV-4 05-07-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,563
Posted By smokyray
Pedaling fast as I can...

Hey David,
Many years ago after reading an excellent article in the now defunct Van's RV8R newsletter, I installed the single best cockpit mod ever in my RV4, rear passenger foot-wells.
Now that...
Forum: RV-4 05-05-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,413
Posted By smokyray
A notch up...

Hey GH,
I built and started flying my Four back when we had to shoo Dinosaurs off the taxiways to go fly. The RV4 plans (if you built yours)have a great description and drawing of the front seat back...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,761
Posted By smokyray
Ya gotta ask...why?

Bruce,
Many years ago I attended the Oshkosh 25th anniversary of the RV (97') in my then new RV4. I got to visit with Van in the RV parking area, a place he used to frequent during fly-ins. One of...
Forum: RV-4 04-14-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,793
Posted By smokyray
I needa...

Hey Jim,
I built my Four BE-FORE the internet, VAF, heavy weldments, long gear and yes, flop tubes. Over the past 2000 hours of ownership by two(major league ADD) former Fighter pilots, the need for...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-13-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,625
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

Barry,
As mentioned above, that's pretty hefty for a 6A and a concern for me personally as to useful load. My advice? Gain an appreciation for the design by building your own RV or, keep looking....
Forum: RV-4 04-12-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,807
Posted By smokyray
Bob Olds Light

GH,
That's actually a Bob Olds light kit, he was a Pre-Duckworks garage business RV4 builder in the 1990's. There are many Fours out there sporting his lights.
The beauty of his light was automotive...
Forum: ADS-B 04-11-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,818
Posted By smokyray
Red Tape personified...

Yessir, mine as well although I'm firmly placed in the 57% of registered GA aircraft yet to install ADSB-Out. I spend 100% of my workday operating in ADSB-Out airspace and have no desire to do the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,311
Posted By smokyray
Further Yobo update

Just in from Indy,
“Yobo is off the vent!! * O2 by cannual. * Dr said he’ll be confused for awhile after 8 days on vent and drugs. *Have to make sure he doesn’t get out of bed. *More...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 794
Posted By smokyray
Yobo Update

Just heard Yobo is being taken off the ventilator this evening.
Condition: IMPROVING!

God is good.
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,311
Posted By smokyray
Prayers for Yobo

For you RV believers out there, keep my A-10/HR2/SW Capt friend Kent "Yobo" Yohe in your prayers. Kent purchased my HR2, served nearby me in Iraq in 2003 and is a believer.
He was sedated this...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-11-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,065
Posted By smokyray
L over D MAX...

Suds,
One of my habit patterns having flown single engine airplanes (including the F16) most of my adult life in knowing best glide or max range.
It payed off twice, once in the F16 when my GE F110...
Forum: RV-4 03-10-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,298
Posted By smokyray
It depends....

Hey GH,
I started flying my early model short gear Four when we had to shoo dinosaurs off the runway before taking off! :)
My dos centavos has always been to wheels land on pavement, especially in a...
Forum: ADS-B 02-14-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,199
Posted By smokyray
Dollars to Doughnuts...

Relatively...:)
I used to tell my Dad everything we did was at the taxpayers expense but hey, I'm a taxpayer!"

V/R
Smokey

It only took a few trips over Iraq at night (and 13 funerals for squadron...
Forum: ADS-B 02-13-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,199
Posted By smokyray
At your discretion...

Interesting and thanks for sharing.
I’m an ADSB outlaw, having no intention of purchasing or installing it anytime soon. 99% of my RV flying is outside required airspace and a recent jaunt through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,316
Posted By smokyray
Da Green Slime!

Bob,
I've been Sliming the tubes in the tires of my two RV's, Rocket, Lawn tractors and Dirt Bike/Mountain bikes for 25 years. I buy it on Amazon in the 1 Gallon size! It's proven itself in the past...
Forum: Safety 01-28-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,857
Posted By smokyray
Turkey Chute...

I spent twenty-five years and over 5000 hours of my life sitting on an explosive (ejection) seat while flying. Having the seat there never gave me the impression of invincibility nor did it change my...
Forum: RV-4 01-28-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,595
Posted By smokyray
Backseat driver

Zem,
I'm a Jurassic RV4 builder from the "light is right" or KISS (keep it simple stupid) generation. I never intended or needed a rear seat panel as I considered rear passenger foot-wells and a good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,600
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute...

Frank,
My Early model RV4 weighed 915Lbs with no fuel or oil when the FAA DE looked at the scales during my inspection. Rather than any cool building shortcuts, I simply did without as my wallet was...
Forum: Texas (North) 01-01-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,325
Posted By smokyray
Plain Vinyl Wrapper

Hey Greg,
The best guys I have seen are in ATL but they advertise traveling to your location.
Worth an email... https://www.planevinyl.com/

V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 01-01-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 402,121
Posted By smokyray
Aereo Quattro

Bellisimo!
:)
Smokey
Forum: RV-3 12-30-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,161
Posted By smokyray
Enough Stuff..

Hey Rog,
While building my RV4 in the late 90's I shared a hangar with a Squadron mate who owned a very early RV3. It had an 0-235 with a Sterba Wood climb prop, very little accessories and VERY...
Forum: RV-4 12-24-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,066
Posted By smokyray
Four is more...

Randy,
I built my Four back in the Jurassic period when it was the highest RV number and Van still worked out of his garage in North Plains. I had never even seen a real one (RV4) as I was stationed...
Forum: ADS-B 12-21-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,944
Posted By smokyray
Amen brother.

Michael,
As a former terrorist hunter/killer I appreciate your service and candor, couldn’t agree more.
Privacy is still an inalienable right guaranteed in the Constitution. My ADSB solution? Its...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-14-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 14,417
Posted By smokyray
Four is more....

Hey Frank,
Many moons ago while flying my HR2 a guy let me fly his HR1. (1 of 3 flying). In a word, Wow, here is what I was looking for 30 years ago when I built my Four!
Whoa horsy, the modded kit,...
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