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Forum: Reviews 08-27-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,417
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Exclamation when NLE comes off in flight

Ditto on the nickel leading edge (NLE) with my two blade Catto, except half of one side came off at 6500 feet. Tremendous vibration. As Iím rapidly descending, realize itís not the engine, and I...
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,051
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking RV-4 spins

Having spun my RV-4 hundreds of times, upright and inverted during practice and competition, I was a little apprehensive the first time. It didnít respond like other aircraft I had spun before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 14,125
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking No difference for competition aerobatics

From a competition stand point, the RV-8s and their magnificent pilots have score just as well as the RV-4s.:eek: Iíve never flown aerobatics in a RV-8, so I canít really compare response or control...
Forum: Formation Flying 08-02-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,626
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up great article

Thanks Ron for posting and maybe finding those RVers that want to see what they and their airplane can do.:D Contrary to many false opinions, the RVs approved for aerobatics are the best way to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,991
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking there is always someone faster

Dan, might have you beat: check the second photo in this post: https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=90799 :D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: Southeast 01-03-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,839
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up nice video

Balls,
Looking good, and hope more RVs come out to play when 2021 contest season starts.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL:cool:
Forum: RV-4 01-01-2021, 05:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,888
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up super video

Great video and flying. Made it one of my favorites.;)
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,205
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking Need more practice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Q146Nv56k&t=6s :D
Forum: RV-4 11-29-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,949
Posted By WillyEyeBall
manual flaps?

I originally had the short legs and noticed I needed to touch down slightly slower for the three point. The RVs still like to fly, especially with a little gusts so I now touch down with full flaps...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2020, 09:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,825
Posted By WillyEyeBall
why not the RV-8?

David,
Why are you using the Decathlon for IAC competition instead of the RV-8?:confused:
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: Safety 09-14-2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,151
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Wink RV-4 and aerobatics

Can only speak for my RV-4, which I bought just after it received the airworthiness certificate in 2004. I primarily use it for aerobatics and in aerobatic competition. It now has over 1900 hours....
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-11-2020, 05:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,523
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up nice video

Enjoyed the video, music, and editing. Nice touch with the mirror on the right side to show where you're looking during the loop.:) Look forward to more.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower Alabama
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-13-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,918
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Great flying and video. I miss that. WillyEyeBall

Great flying and video. I miss that.
WillyEyeBall
Forum: RV-4 08-02-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,239
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Question weight and CG

Do a weight and CG determination for your aircraft. They are all different. A 200 pounder exceeds my aft CG. I limit by passenger's weight to a max of 175 lb. The pitch is very sensitive and frankly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,438
Posted By WillyEyeBall
thanks for reference

SPX, thanks for the reference, but agree with Ron and the other 20 or so RVers that have competed with their RVs. I know of 4 RVs that have competed at the Intermediate level, and two (Ron, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,438
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Sarcasm

Ron,
I don't know where you found Vans statement about RVs not suitable for aerobatic competition. When I go to Vans home page, I see this:

AEROBATICS
The RV-4 has been flown in aerobatic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,013
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up Sport Aviation Magazine May 2020

Your First Aerobatic Airplane by Jim Bourke, Finding the Best Bang for Your Budget
A GREAT article by one of the US top Unlimited pilots comparing the pros and cons of the range of aerobatic aircraft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,047
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up Uplifting

Super post, and forwarding to all my non pilot friends to let them know what kind of folks fly these fantastic machines.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
Lower AL
Forum: Safety 11-18-2019, 06:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,103
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up chute

There is not a lot of room for a chute either. I can only use a seat pack, and remove the standard seat. I use a head cover with chin strap that secures the headset. The RV-4 will do everything I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,691
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up congratulations

Way to go Ron, Kathy, and two critters,
Just goes to show what an RV can do in the master's hands. :cool:
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV-14 08-08-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,558
Posted By WillyEyeBall
come visit

Jared,
Just put the Rome contest on your calendar, and come watch. I went to two contests as a visitor before I pulled the string and competed. Our IAC chapter 3 out of Atlanta has periodic practice...
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,558
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Cool first RV 14 in competition?

Nice video. With a little coaching you'll be ready for the IAC contest in Rome, GA, 17-20 Oct, and have the honor of being the first RV-14 to participate. Should be a good gathering of RVs and other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up congratulations

Way to go Patric. Don't listen to Ron until after the Nationals. We're rooting for you, but the most important thing with competition is having fun. You've made us proud.;)
Bill McLean
RV-4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,061
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up Good show and more to join the fun

Looks like the RVs are off to a good start this year. We had 11 RVers compete in 2018, and should increase that number this year. What a GREAT airplane and fun with my favorite IAC buddies.
Bill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2019, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,482
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Unhappy can't sit that long

Ron, when you did your overhaul and upgrades, did you add a relief tube?:D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
Lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 910
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up brag on Ron

Well, our host and leader did pretty good too with a 76 percent, coming in 2nd at Intermediate (snap rolls and rolling turns), and first in his Free Style. Way to go RON !!!
Bill McLean:D
RV-4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 23,681
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking upside down

Some people can enjoy being upside down temporarily at 1 G. It stretches the back and feels good to me. That's all you're going to feel flying Primary and Sportsman.:p The only negative thing I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 23,681
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Wink fun at Snow Bird Classic

Tom,
Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you, but you saw how well the events are organized and the number of flights all day long. I consider the contests the best vacations I've ever had with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2019, 05:45 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 23,681
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking Free airshows-

For those that are interested in aerobatics, but haven't been to a competition, the following link gives the locations and dates of the 2019...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 23,681
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up no fuel injection

I replaced my carb with an Ellison Throttle Body 12 years ago, and it was almost just a swap out without changing fuel pumps, etc. If someone (except Ron) says they didn't feel any discomfort and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,039
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up aerobatic experience opportunity

A chance to be briefed, coached, and socialize with Ron would be a very valuable and enjoyable experience. He's not only a tough competitor and qualified international aerobatic judge, but will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,392
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up The Star

Jerry,
Ron might be the leader and ambassador, but you're the STAR and making us proud.

Bill McLean
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,122
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Exclamation snap rolls RVs

When I first tried to snap roll my modified RV-4, I couldn?t get it to snap using the stick pull force and rudder input I had used in a S2-B Pitts and a CAP 10. I had told Ron that the -4 just didn?t...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-25-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,662
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Don't spill any

Nice video, but where's the cookie?:D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,730
Posted By WillyEyeBall
wishing better weather next year too

Had the same weather and home airport closure, and only made one contest too."At a boys" for the 11 RVers that competed at 17 contests this year. You know they had bigger RV grins than anyone else.:D...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,902
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up two thumbs up for Jerry

It's no surprise how well Jerry has done this year. Ron and I will predict he will also be very successful at Intermediate next year. Can't think of a better guy to champion the RVs as aerobatic...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-03-2018, 09:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,552
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up Nice video, and the RVs are FUN.:D Bill...

Nice video, and the RVs are FUN.:D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower Alabama
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,094
Posted By WillyEyeBall
IAC contest

Another GREAT write-up. Feel like I was almost there. We're pulling for you on all the contests remaining this year.:D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,094
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up way to go JERRY

Two RVs flew in the Kathy Jaffe aerobatic contest this weekend in NJ. Jerry Esquenazi and Oliver Spatscheck made a fine showing, with Jerry coming in 1st place in Sportsman. When the regional...
Forum: Safety 06-19-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,954
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Exclamation slosh

Brian, I wouldn't fly the airplane with any presence of slosh. Here's a thread on this: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=83751&highlight=slosh :mad:
My mechanic did the first...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,372
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up beautiful video and America

Brian,
Agree with you 100 percent with your first post in this thread. The RVs are great machines and make life special and fun too. Look forward to more videos. Nice looking airplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,479
Posted By WillyEyeBall
An RV is not a Pitts

I have inverted fuel and oil systems, so it?s much easier to learn how to do a competition slow/aileron roll where altitude and heading stay the same for the complete roll. From the pilot?s view, it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,878
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Wink What's under the skirt?

Don't know if we should be sharing a room at the aerobatic contests if you are going to start wearing skirts.:eek: Next contest in the southeast is the Bear Creek Bash in Rome, GA, 7-9 June. Any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 05:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,967
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up great write up and pictures

Brian,
Congratulations on your first contest and detailed fun report. The real challenge is getting the scores higher with, of course, lots of practice and feed back from more experienced...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,797
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up official

The contest results have been posted officially at: https://iaccdb.iac.org/contests/634
You can see how well Jerry flew and the sportsman category was the main event. Way to go Jerry, and you should...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,142
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up contest fun

My thumbs up too for the great flying by Jerry, Randy, and Ron. Here's a link to a new report that was made on the first day:...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-30-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,278
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up No video

Sorry Karl, the video didn't come through. Good luck this year, and you should be successful in your Extra too as fast as you progressed with your RV.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,001
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up THANK YOU

Super job Ron tonight on the RV aerobatic webinar. Many of us started off in the dark about RVs and how to approach competition aerobatics years ago. Your talk tonight covered about everything and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,203
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Smile That's the way you do it (youtube)

I was hoping Ron would put in a video along with the great explanations of each maneuver. However, this RV one might do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhJHdb9k7Ho Note that I have an inverted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 03:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,974
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up he got the competition bug

I think Ron and I are glad you're on the other coast so we don't have to compete against you in your Extra. Your description of getting the inverted spin started is very similar to what works in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,974
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Lightbulb RV inverted spin no fear

Having done hundreds of inverted spins in my RV4 since it's in my free style for competition for the last three years, I can offer some advice. It takes specific inputs, attitude, and timing to make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2017, 05:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,133
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Question calendar ordering link?

Where is the link to order the calendars? :confused:Couldn't find it on Van's home page.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
Lower AL
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-08-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,626
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Two of us showed EAA cards when we went to the...

Two of us showed EAA cards when we went to the museum for the eclipse, and they charged us full fare. Was still worth it.
Bill McLean
RV-4 Slider
lower AL
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-29-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,596
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up having fun

Timothy, nice video, and I enjoyed the other ones on youtube also. Hope you come join the fun next year for some competition.:D
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2017, 06:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,717
Posted By WillyEyeBall
another age bracket?

I see you added another age group.:confused: Best of luck at Farmville this weekend, and make us proud.
Bill McLean
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2017, 06:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,436
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking OFFA

By the way, I still have the red tee shirt you gave me for the 2016 Nationals with "OFFA + 70":p
Willyeyeball
RV-4 slider
lower AL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,168
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Talking another RV

Ron,
Sebring is on my "to do" list, and hoping more RVs will show up. Would suggest changing the thread for the correct dates for the contest (10/28-11/1). It'll be another chance for you to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,483
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up upside down fun

Congratulations Dave, and always enjoy hearing RVs doing well in competition. Ron Schreck was flying Intermediate and judging at the East Coast Contest, and our super friend, RV supporter, and mentor...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-09-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,171
Posted By WillyEyeBall
great video

Chris, enjoyed the video and especially honoring old heroes. What was the music you used? I frequently open a video clip and a second music youtube clip, watching the video and listening to the music...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,889
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up IAC contest

Oliver,
Thanks for the posting for the contest, but I didn't see it listed on the IAC website. Looks like a great opportunity to go, see, and participate for anyone interested. It didn't mention if...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-29-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,891
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up another bucket list item- Independence, OR

For those that receive Kit Planes Homebuilder's Portal, you?ll see a great photo of the eclipse taken by Paul Dye when he was in Independence, OR (Was that a NASA camera?). Special thanks to my...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-13-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,956
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up similar incidents

Bob, I've done that and also found floating objects (flashlight, pens), unlatched secondary lap belt, and primary lap belt loose, etc.:eek: As soon as I reach pattern altitude, I now do a quick...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 05:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,388
Posted By WillyEyeBall
just fun

Participating in an aerobatic contest was a bucket list item several years ago. Now it's just fun and a chance to associate with my good buddies like Ron and Jerry, as well as the best pilots in the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-09-2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,009
Posted By WillyEyeBall
Thumbs up fun fun fun

Galen,
Now you know what Madonna was trying to sing about after the very first time. The memories and future challenges will last a life time. Nice video too, but the judges on the forum will nit...
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