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Forum: RV-15 Yesterday, 11:43 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 33,120
Posted By smokyray
Speed or not

Yes, the book numbers vs real world on my M5 (like many airplanes except the F16) vary greatly. It took me 100 hours to get my RV4 up to Vans factory claims, but it was worth it.
My real world M5...
Forum: RV-15 10-14-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,263
Posted By smokyray
Well said...

Amen.
My elder RV statesman RV15/16 guess:

1. Cantilever Wing, (Skylark/C195/C210/Monocoupe,BD4)
2. Commonality of parts ie: modified 9 wing and tail, possibly full flying tail. Flaperons maybe.
3....
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-14-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 630
Posted By smokyray
Uitstekend!

Mooi gedoen Rudi!
Glad to see the Seven is doing well...
Got to get back over to visit Johan and you...

Sien Ya!
Smokey

https://youtu.be/LgrVhdZde5U
Forum: RV-15 10-12-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,999
Posted By smokyray
Get er done...

Ya got me there Dave, I'm looking forward to it as well. My guess being a Vans elder statesman is commonality of parts, ie existing sub kits.

Smokey guess:
1. Cantilever Wing, aka Helio Courier,...
Forum: RV-15 10-11-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,999
Posted By smokyray
The Mission...

Maybe.
However, you obviously have never flown in or visited Maule Air Inc.
I vehemently disagree that Maule Air Inc has no pride in product. Their aircraft began humbly in BD Maules garage much...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 423,562
Posted By smokyray
The Legend

You got that right...
Way back when, I flew my TCraft to Sun N Fun and parked next to several Tailwinds. Steve Wittman was being honored and I got to meet him and chat a bit. He even autographed...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 423,562
Posted By smokyray
Easy Prey

Very nice Pete!
BTW, Mooneys are easy prey, (unless flown by my F16 bro "Tron")
A more worthy adversary are Glasair, Lancair and the occasional unwary Pitts...:)

V/R
Smokey
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-06-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By smokyray
Your GPS..

Hey Tom,
Sent you an email...
Smokey
Forum: Propellers 10-04-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 646
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up

I tested nine different FP props on my RV4 over a 10 year period. I always went for the "big 5" first then the finer points that separate the average from the good and excellent. Mission requirements...
Forum: RV-15 09-30-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,999
Posted By smokyray
RV15 Prototype Sighting...

Seen at a Vans Skunkworks Black testing site somewhere in Texas....

https://i.postimg.cc/wxhqyWHv/48-D7-DC7-F-DBF2-49-CA-BF1-E-3-F040684-EED6.jpg (https://postimg.cc/nMhbNGXb)

Just kidding...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-18-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By smokyray
Wanted: Electronics Intl

Wanted: Electronics Intl gauges. Specifically Oil P/Temp OPT-1 and engine monitors, what have you?
Thanks in advance !
Email me: smokyray@rocketmail.com

V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV-4 09-17-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,450
Posted By smokyray
Weight a minute!

GREAT discussion!
Way back in the day my brand new RV4 tipped the FAA scales at 915 lbs. I took this as a victory until I thought, why do I need an electrical system, starter, battery etc for MY...
Forum: RV-15 09-16-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,693
Posted By smokyray
The Mighty Maule

Hey Jay my brother!
Great post! (not surprised)

Your description of the "Vans 180" (or in my case Maule) is my current airplanes (M5-180) numbers almost to a tee. I will add it to the list, the...
Forum: RV-15 09-13-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 33,120
Posted By smokyray
RV15 Prototype?

Having been blessed to fly a wide variety of aircraft I definitely have my favorites. High on the list is the F16 and the RV4. Right there with though is my tried and true Maule M5.
The similarities...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-13-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,746
Posted By smokyray
Prayers outgoing

I never met Jan in person or got to shake his hand but I easily referred over 100 new RV (and other types with the third wheel in the correct place) to him for training.
I talked to him regularly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,984
Posted By smokyray
Long Time...

Rode home from delivering my RVX to its new owner with my long time good friend and fellow Veteran "Hollywood" (of Hotel Whiskey fame). Haven't ridden in the back of a Four since I can remember,...
Forum: RV-15 09-04-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,693
Posted By smokyray
Just one

Preferred seat configuration? Actually...
ONE (30 degree reclined)Seat,
ONE (GE-F110) engine.
Trust me, 24 years flying it (F16C) tends to ruin one for anything else.

The RV15 however I agree will...
Forum: RV-4 08-23-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,106
Posted By smokyray
Well said...

Bob,
Great minds do think alike sir, excellent input on this subject one that I too have entertained numerous times.

I would add with the RV4's tendency to flip over in soft ground and your...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-18-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 370
Views: 213,002
Posted By smokyray
Solid Marble...

Vlad,
Like the stone quarried nearby from whence the small town got its name, Marble CO is indeed a gem in the rough. I ventured there with my wife in our then HR2 for a camping weekend in 2009 which...
Forum: RV-15 08-09-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 33,120
Posted By smokyray
I see the light!

Wow, somebody who actually gets it!
I spent a number of years in the last frontier and appreciate your candor. I flew Maules extensively as well as a modified T-Craft and a relatively stock C170....
Forum: RV-15 08-09-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 33,120
Posted By smokyray
The Benchmark.

Having grown up with a Cessna 180, I'm well aware of it's aerial prowess and now, used cost. Interestingly enough, most are comparing the Bearhawk with the RV15 but noone has mentioned a company who...
Forum: RV-15 08-05-2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 33,120
Posted By smokyray
Pick O the Litter...

Guys,
I was blessed to grow up with a 57' Cessna 180 (my Dad's), built time towing banners in Scouts, Maules and Super Cubs and eventually flew the F16C for a quarter century as well as many others....
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2021, 01:04 PM
Replies: 1,145
Views: 1,230,288
Posted By smokyray
KISS

Ryan,
I've had a "Budget" panel in my RV6X (and RV4 prior) for 15 years.
I have a Mini Ipad "imbed" using WingX pro (free to Vets) although Falken and iLevil have numerous progams and AHRS to suit...
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,163
Posted By smokyray
Twos in, hot!

Yessir, I'm a cranium nod and lighter wallet away from buying a kit also....if it is equal to or greater capabilities than my mighty Maule M5!
And that's a tall...
Forum: RV-15 07-26-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,172
Posted By smokyray
Da Fifteen

Good news, for many of us who have grandkids or a need for even more off road than my previous two RVs allowed, now Vans has a horse in the race. I was considering building a Bearhawk but my wife...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-29-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,496
Posted By smokyray
My Dad

Lost a great aviator this week, my Dad.
Wrote a short blurb for him:

Dads Obituary
Retired Colonel Robert Garrett Ray went to meet his Lord and Savior on June 28th 2021. He was born to modest...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-19-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,605
Posted By smokyray
Parts is parts?

Gary,
Short answer, yes.
Longer answer, I too started my RV4 in 1989 (which makes us both officially Jurassic RV builders:) in my tool shed while stationed flying F16's in Japan completing it in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,790
Posted By smokyray
Dog Leg to Final

Gave our Lewellyn Setter Pup "Lucy" her first RV6X ride, REX goggs and Earmuffs installed!
She liked it!
V/R
Smokey

https://i.postimg.cc/4yNdH8w8/4-DAF0081-8910-4-DC5-9-F5-E-64-B123593077.jpg...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-10-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,127
Posted By smokyray
Its a gas...

Tim
I regularly utilize 89 Octane Non Ethanol MoGas in my 0-360J2A. I use a Emag and a Electroair IGN, dual EI with no issues whatsoever. Judicious use of boost pump below 2K' especially on hot days...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-03-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,671
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: 13,936
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: 1,710
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: 1,710
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: 5
Views: 3,725
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: 1,261
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: 2,883
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: 1,258
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: 1,197
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: 2,942
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: 4,474
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: 236
Views: 276,607
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: 8,121
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: 10,661
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: 4,050
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: 8,121
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: 1,610
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: 2,624
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: 5,873
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: 1,846
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: 4,684
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: 17
Views: 3,300
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: 4,143
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: 3,114
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: 4,698
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: 4,945
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: 897
Views: 1,194,245
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: 3,981
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: 4,525
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: 3,281
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: 4,860
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: 7,181
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: 2,107
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: 2,107
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: 3,199
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...
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