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Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-02-2021, 10:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,256
Posted By ronrapp
Just finished an IPC with a friend this afternoon...

Just finished an IPC with a friend this afternoon in a steam gauge aircraft, and during the debrief we were discussing this exact thing: how instrument skills are not only quite perishable, but also...
Forum: Safety 06-11-2021, 11:29 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,776
Posted By ronrapp
Likewise at the FBO where I earned my commercial...

Likewise at the FBO where I earned my commercial glider add-on. Seems to be pretty standard. I wonder why it never took hold with single engine aircraft.

--Ron
Forum: Safety 06-11-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,776
Posted By ronrapp
Knowing how and WHEN to use a turn back is very...

Knowing how and WHEN to use a turn back is very important. Using perfect technique won't help you if the airplane is simply incapable of doing what you're asking of it. Do we have the fortitude to...
Forum: Safety 06-07-2021, 10:47 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,776
Posted By ronrapp
That is true. Ironically, even if they DID...

That is true. Ironically, even if they DID practice it, the vast majority of their landings would still be using an aim point near the runway threshold since that's how normal landings are...
Forum: Safety 06-07-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,776
Posted By ronrapp
I believe the Sunrise video you're referring to...

I believe the Sunrise video you're referring to is here:

http://www.aerobats.com/seminar_02-07.html

I learned to fly at Sunrise. It was a good place to learn because students experience aerobatics...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2021, 10:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,628
Posted By ronrapp
You know, I feel a tiny bit of that before a...

You know, I feel a tiny bit of that before a flight, too. And that's after 10,000 hours of flying a pretty wide variety of airplanes and different types of operation. I think the feeling is an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-14-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,429
Posted By ronrapp
I don't know about the nearby RNAV options, since...

I don't know about the nearby RNAV options, since we did not need to utilize them, but for what it's worth I've experienced a lack of RNAV availability maybe 4 or 5 times in actual IMC. Half of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-24-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,727
Posted By ronrapp
If it was me, I'd remove them. Aesthetics...

If it was me, I'd remove them.

Aesthetics aside, the purpose of those fairings is to improve aerodynamics -- in other words, more speed and efficiency. If you're involved in the flight training...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-08-2020, 01:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,739
Posted By ronrapp
I flew a Super D with the metal wings for two...

I flew a Super D with the metal wings for two seasons of IAC competition and even it had issues along the ribs ? and that was without doing any snaps in it. It?s surprisingly easy to over-G that...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-07-2020, 01:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,739
Posted By ronrapp
It's hard to beat a Pitts S-1 series aircraft for...

It's hard to beat a Pitts S-1 series aircraft for an economic way into Intermediate and Advanced competition. Not sure you could beat the performance for the $$$.

Although from personal experience,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2020, 10:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,152
Posted By ronrapp
I'd recommend ATP. They're kind of a diploma...

I'd recommend ATP. They're kind of a diploma mill, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend them for primary training, but I will say they know the Seminole and they know multi-engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,815
Posted By ronrapp
I have gotten several RV6/7 owners insurance...

I have gotten several RV6/7 owners insurance approval for their airplanes by flying with them solely in standard and super Decathlons. Their RVs were not in phase 1. I can't recall their experience...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,575
Posted By ronrapp
I've had flats in an RV-6, 7, and 8. It's not a...

I've had flats in an RV-6, 7, and 8. It's not a big deal, although it can sure be inconvenient. The RV6 flat was at SMO on a Saturday morning. I couldn't move the plane without help and it blocked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,907
Posted By ronrapp
Those judges are correct. As you're probably...

Those judges are correct. As you're probably aware, the criteria for a snap roll call for just that: pg 8-26 of the rule book states: "At the start of a positive snap roll, the aircraft must...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,251
Posted By ronrapp
As judges, we're taught to grade solely on what...

As judges, we're taught to grade solely on what we see. So even if the competitor freely admits he ailerons the plane, if it visually meets all the criteria of a perfect spin and I can't tell that...
Forum: APRS Tracking 03-11-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 76,452
Posted By ronrapp
They both sound fantastic. Etch-a-sketch writ...

They both sound fantastic. Etch-a-sketch writ large!
Forum: APRS Tracking 03-10-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 76,452
Posted By ronrapp
Time to call Guinness -- I think you may have set...

Time to call Guinness -- I think you may have set a world record for the most expensive line drawing of a hammer.

And to think, some people claim airplanes are only good for turning money into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,126
Posted By ronrapp
I'd suggest finding someplace with a Citabria. ...

I'd suggest finding someplace with a Citabria. Those will rent for a low price, especially the 7ECA models with the small engine, no flaps or fuel injection, etc.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-03-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,564
Posted By ronrapp
Definitely. As we've all discovered, a pilot's...

Definitely. As we've all discovered, a pilot's IQ drops by 10 points the minute he or she hits the starter. :) So it definitely saves time and money to figure out the avionics on the ground. If...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-02-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,564
Posted By ronrapp
That was very philosophical! Yes, partial panel...

That was very philosophical!

Yes, partial panel is very important, especially with glass because the scan is typically much different after the failure than before it. With analog, you're simply...
Forum: California 12-02-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,974
Posted By ronrapp
Must be a configuration issue. When I open that...

Must be a configuration issue. When I open that link, it redirects to a PDF file. I put it on my web site so you can download it if you want. Here's a direct...
Forum: California 12-02-2014, 02:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,974
Posted By ronrapp
I've spend about 4,000 of my 7,500 hours flying...

I've spend about 4,000 of my 7,500 hours flying in and out of SNA. I learned to fly there. It's very friendly to GA. You'll find LSAs, RVs, helicopters, antiques, aerobatic airplanes, warbirds,...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-02-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,564
Posted By ronrapp
I've taught many people to fly instruments in...

I've taught many people to fly instruments in both glass and analog airplanes, and I think the button pushing gets major focus from most people. That's where they start.

I also think it's the wrong...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 19,825
Posted By ronrapp
That is a HUGE caveat. At sea level, you'd...

That is a HUGE caveat. At sea level, you'd probably have better success even at 500' AGL.

Speaking of which, you mentioned that starting from 500' the best you could expect was an "on-airport...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,267
Posted By ronrapp
If you think that's fun, try it at sea level on a...

If you think that's fun, try it at sea level on a cool winter day. :) I was flying an RV-6 that Ty had for sale and at solo weight with 3/4 fuel I was doing the same thing. Pattern altitude before...
Forum: California 10-28-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,374
Posted By ronrapp
Michael Blackstone at SkyThrills is a good guy. ...

Michael Blackstone at SkyThrills is a good guy. I did some flying with him for a National Geographic show about aerobatics. He know the basin and the surrounding airspace quite well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,329
Posted By ronrapp
Congratulations, Joe! I predict many fun years...

Congratulations, Joe! I predict many fun years of flying in your -8. Beautiful airplane... but then I think you know of my fondness for red airplanes and cars. :)

P.S. Don't forget to give your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,669
Posted By ronrapp
Team AerodyUFO?

I'm not sure how to link to a section of a video, but the latest AOPA Live episode closes with the story of a guy who swears he saw a UFO -- and has video to prove it.

He describes the UFO as a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-11-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,936
Posted By ronrapp
Sandifer is correct. I've flown IAC competitive...

Sandifer is correct. I've flown IAC competitive aerobatics up through the Advanced level, owned a Pitts S-2B, instructed in everything from Extras, Decathlons, etc. to RVs. I'm also a National...
Forum: Northeast 09-23-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,908
Posted By ronrapp
Absolutely! That's my story. A cool airline...

Absolutely! That's my story. A cool airline pilot let me come into the cockpit (hey it was the 70s....), gave me those little pilot wings, and even stuck around for some photos after the flight. I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-27-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,323
Posted By ronrapp
If all else fails, just keep him airborne for...

If all else fails, just keep him airborne for another five minutes and he'll run out of fuel. #PittsProblems

:D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-13-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,357
Posted By ronrapp
I believe the video you're referring to is...

I believe the video you're referring to is here:
http://www.aerobats.com/seminar_02-07.html

Regarding the offset, that's exactly what happens at John Wayne Airport. Departures from 19L offset 15...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,527
Posted By ronrapp
He as a CFI can instruct in RVs without it. The...

He as a CFI can instruct in RVs without it. The LODA would only be required if he wanted to rent out an E-AB airplane (as opposed to training in the student's aircraft).

"What, you don't wanna let...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,527
Posted By ronrapp
Wait -- were you asking about getting your own RV...

Wait -- were you asking about getting your own RV approved for renting to students during transition training? Then you need a LODA from the FAA. Sorry, I thought you were just asking about the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,527
Posted By ronrapp
If you're legal to instruct, you're legal to...

If you're legal to instruct, you're legal to instruct in RVs. There is no other hoop to jump through from a regulatory stanpoint. Unless you're talking about a tailwheel model, in which case you...
Forum: Safety 04-07-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,608
Posted By ronrapp
Scary stuff, guys. Here's a question for all of...

Scary stuff, guys. Here's a question for all of you: do you think anything could have been done to snuff out the smoke/fire quickly? Obviously this doesn't apply to the Porsche, but I always...
Forum: Safety 03-29-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,773
Posted By ronrapp
Mike, Skylor, Jeff: Thanks for the kind words! ...

Mike, Skylor, Jeff:

Thanks for the kind words! And I'm glad to keep in touch with you guys and know you're still enjoying the RVs! :)

--Ron
Forum: Safety 03-28-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,773
Posted By ronrapp
I fit the bill :). Love the RV series and have...

I fit the bill :). Love the RV series and have given dual in all the two seat models. :) Based at SNA. Give me a ring! 714-743-0360 or email "Ron at Rapp dot org"
Forum: Safety 11-23-2013, 07:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,851
Posted By ronrapp
Reminds me of a retired Navy F-4 Phantom pilot...

Reminds me of a retired Navy F-4 Phantom pilot that I was checking out in an aerobatic aircraft. He had the hardest time with the airplane, always so far behind it. I couldn't understand how he...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,489
Posted By ronrapp
Tight belts

Thanks for your courageous post, Chuck!

On the subject of keeping the belts tight, I used to tighten the **** out of all of them before flying aerobatics (this is more in Pitts and Extra aircraft). ...
Forum: Formation Flying 10-19-2013, 11:39 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 60,108
Posted By ronrapp
Make me proud to be a pilot. And an...

Make me proud to be a pilot.

And an American.

You might not realize it, but I think you're saving general aviation in this country, one flight at a time.

--Ron
Forum: Formation Flying 09-09-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,017
Posted By ronrapp
Thanks for subscribing! I'll definitely stop by...

Thanks for subscribing! I'll definitely stop by and say hello. It's nice to see you guys appearing at so many non-aviation events like the football game flyover (I think it was football...), etc. ...
Forum: Formation Flying 09-09-2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,017
Posted By ronrapp
Very true. I've seen a lot of formation flying,...

Very true. I've seen a lot of formation flying, aerobatic competition, airshow performances, military demos, and everything in between, but Aerodynamix is something unique and special.

I didn't...
Forum: Propellers 08-27-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,754
Posted By ronrapp
I've flown behind MT propellers on DA-40s, Pitts...

I've flown behind MT propellers on DA-40s, Pitts S-2Bs, Extra 300 and 300LPs, Super Decathlons, and various RVs. Every single one of them has leaked grease. Every. Single. One. I've got friends...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2013, 02:32 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 31,357
Posted By ronrapp
Lucky! :) Hope the -8 is treating you...

Lucky! :) Hope the -8 is treating you right!

--Ron
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-06-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,868
Posted By ronrapp
Congrats on making the VAF front page! The TOP...

Congrats on making the VAF front page! The TOP of the front page, I should add...

I hope you get more money, because I can only imagine what kinda cool ideas you'd come up with if there were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2012, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,906
Posted By ronrapp
Thanks, Gary! Someone also mentioned 5g Aviation...

Thanks, Gary! Someone also mentioned 5g Aviation and Ty Frisby. I'm one of the original "5" instructors there and have worked with Ty for a long time at 5g, Sunrise Aviation, Dynamic Aviation, in...
Forum: Safety 11-08-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,632
Posted By ronrapp
You might be right, Greg. Here's hoping we never...

You might be right, Greg. Here's hoping we never have the opportunity to find out! :)
Forum: Safety 11-07-2012, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,632
Posted By ronrapp
Dale Antiflame

The subject of fire-resistant clothing came up in the aerobatic community a few years back and there was an article in Sport Aerobatics about it.

The conclusion was that Nomex was adequate for fire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,230
Posted By ronrapp
I do RV transition training in the RV9A. I'm...

I do RV transition training in the RV9A. I'm based out of SNA (Orange County)... give me a ring at 714-743-0360 if you'd like to talk more about it and see if I can be of assistance!

--Ron
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,326
Posted By ronrapp
It is also worth noting that the sheer number of...

It is also worth noting that the sheer number of RV accidents rising does not necessarily indicate an increasing accident rate. The number of flying RVs has been increasing at a very respectable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,326
Posted By ronrapp
That was not my experience as a student pilot. ...

That was not my experience as a student pilot. Likewise, I don't think I've ever asked a primary student to do that first. In fact, some of the airplanes I've taught primary students in (the J-3 Cub...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,326
Posted By ronrapp
Are you sure about that? I hear that a lot from...

Are you sure about that? I hear that a lot from people. "Safety is the most important thing". But I'm not totally sure everyone who says that means it.

This is just me spouting off my $.02, so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,326
Posted By ronrapp
NTSB E-AB recommendations are published

http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/recletters/2012/A-12-028-039.pdf

I'm sure it'll be the talk of the town at OSH this year. I gave it a quick read and there are some good recommendations in there regarding...
Forum: Formation Flying 08-31-2011, 01:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,269
Posted By ronrapp
Whether you do it in an Extra or a Decathlon is...

Whether you do it in an Extra or a Decathlon is just a matter of preference and budget. I'd actually recommend the Decathlon because it's cheaper, there are more of them out there, and the roll,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2010, 02:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,751
Posted By ronrapp
Hey, small world... I wrote that article in Sport...

Hey, small world... I wrote that article in Sport Aerobatics.

I did so because I believed (and still believe) that IAC and the RV community have a natural synergy.

RVs represent -- by far -- the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2008, 11:47 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 23,637
Posted By ronrapp
Go for it

I am always surprised how many pilots will buy a Pitts and then, with no time in type and often little TW experience, try to fly it by themselves! I think that's part of where the aircraft got its...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-12-2008, 01:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,856
Posted By ronrapp
The traditional analog instruments are not...

The traditional analog instruments are not obsolete, if only by virtue of the fact that out of the 200,000+ GA aircraft in existence, probably 90% of them have the older style panel.

Of course, if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2008, 02:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,856
Posted By ronrapp
It doesn't matter if the wing is symmetrical or...

It doesn't matter if the wing is symmetrical or non-symmetrical ("cambered"). To perform a vertical roll, you need to put the airplane on the zero lift line. This is the vertical position where the...
Forum: Reviews 10-30-2007, 10:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,390
Posted By ronrapp
Ditto. I'm supposed to be teaching students how...

Ditto. I'm supposed to be teaching students how to use DUAT -- and I do. But it's hard to convince them of its worth when they always see me using Weathermeister. The notams section alone is worth...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-16-2007, 11:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,751
Posted By ronrapp
I had a O-470 powered Skylane and ran it lean of...

I had a O-470 powered Skylane and ran it lean of peak. I belive it was Mike Busch who discovered the carb heat trick a long time ago. He used to own one himself. For whatever reason, that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2007, 02:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 17,993
Posted By ronrapp
The 3-4g pull thing is simply part of an...

The 3-4g pull thing is simply part of an extremely general description of maneuvers by IAC. It's not part of the definition of a spin or a competition requirement. You can make the loop as big or...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2007, 02:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 17,993
Posted By ronrapp
A fully developed spin will likely continue if...

A fully developed spin will likely continue if you just apply full opposite rudder and wait for the autorotation to stop. It's an incomplete recovery technique. The opposite rudder is vital, but...
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