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Forum: Alternative Engines Yesterday, 05:13 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,668
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: 43
Views: 4,282
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: 439
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-09-2021, 04:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 940
Posted By pierre smith
Caribbean database

Mornin’. We were aghast when we boarded the airplane in Ft. Pierce after lunch.

I entered Freeport ID in the 430W only to see “No Caribbean database”! So, I tried the 496 and there it was. So, check...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,095
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: 977
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: 1,496
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: 5,063
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: 1,546
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: 466
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: 1,378
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: 860
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: 832
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: 1,122
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: 1,481
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: 67,464
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: 5,063
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: 847
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: 802
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: 1,592
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: 7,804
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: 792
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: 792
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: 792
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: 2,872
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: 3,945
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: 2,388
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: 2,388
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: 971
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: 31
Views: 4,052
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: 31
Views: 4,052
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: 950
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: 950
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: 1,596
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: 1,641
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: 2,122
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: 5,541
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: 1,568
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: 5,541
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: 5,541
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: 5,541
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, 05:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,991
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, 05:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 971
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, 04:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,600
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, 01:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,810
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, 07:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,030
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, 07:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,154
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, 04:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,191
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, 03:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,360
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, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,332
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, 08:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,270
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, 06:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,960
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, 06:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,105
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, 11:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,569
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, 05:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,547
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, 06:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,193
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...
Forum: RV-14 06-11-2019, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,018
Posted By pierre smith
Agreed...

Been there, done that. By all means, paint it first.

Best,
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-23-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 818
Posted By pierre smith
My stepson

Jim, we're in Louisville, Ga with tons of RV experience and my stepson is listed as WatsonaeroLLC here. (2J3).Call him at 706 550 8628. Check his web site. watsonaero.com.

Best,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,233
Posted By pierre smith
Wow.

L.O.P.?

Best,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,458
Posted By pierre smith
Dahon

I have a Dahon folding bike for sale...cheap...$250.00 Call me 478 494 3757.

Best,
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-13-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,133
Posted By pierre smith
Problem solved

My friend, Ray Lawrence in Sandersville Ga has cowlings and motor mounts for the -12,-6, -7 and -8 RV's, and is the UL importer with a 200 hp 6 cylinder UL in his -4.

Call him at Kaolin Aviation 478...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,512
Posted By pierre smith
Only the mains

It's quite a piece of work. The fuel tanks were moved out around three feet so the gear could have space to retract into. The inboard three feet of leading edge was also swept forward (Like a P-51),...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,512
Posted By pierre smith
Retractable RV-4

Mornin' all,
My stepson has the local hangar for his A@P/IA business and a friend of mine brought his retractable -4 ,in yesterday because the gear wouldn't retract.

I've seen pictures of this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,885
Posted By pierre smith
Ray Lawrence

My buddy, Ray Lawrence owns Kaolin Aviation in Sandersville, Ga and has cowls, baffles and motor mount for the UL engines and has a 6 cylinder 200 HP engine in his RV-4. Call him at 478 232 9560....
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