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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2022, 06:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,740
Posted By ronschreck
Tubing failure?

Ironic isn't it; that you would be grounded by a plumbing issue! Happy to hear you got the leak fixed. I wish you well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2022, 06:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 691
Posted By ronschreck
Potatoes vs potatoes

I kept a round ASI and altimeter despite having dual EFIS screens in my RV-8. In my years as an airshow pilot and aerobatic competitor I always used the round dials. Having said that, if you only...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-14-2022, 05:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,195
Posted By ronschreck
+1 for Sikaflex

The stress on the RV-8 canopy due to temperature is extreme and is mainly from front to back rather than side to side. Jon Thocker related his experience with a canopy crack several years ago: He...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 06:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,468
Posted By ronschreck
Talking Easy?

And then there is the little matter of moving the main gear. :eek:
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,254
Posted By ronschreck
I'll say it again. Listen to the engineers!

I'll say it again. Listen to the engineers!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2022, 08:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,254
Posted By ronschreck
Not to mention the two huge holes I cut in the...

Not to mention the two huge holes I cut in the wing leading edge of my -8 for Duckworth landing/taxi lights!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2022, 06:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,254
Posted By ronschreck
Repair? ... Maybe.

I recently made a repair to a compound curved surface which had a three inch long crack. The repair was made IAW AC 43.13. You might ask the folks at Vans if such a repair would be acceptable in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-22-2022, 05:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,709
Posted By ronschreck
Try this

I used automobile door edge trim as a PERMANENT replacement for Van's rubber seals. I tried gluing Van's seals on with every glue known to man and still had the stuff come off at the most...
Forum: Job Board 02-09-2022, 06:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,418
Posted By ronschreck
Go for it!

I flew the Air Attack mission for 10 years after I retired from a major airline job. Flew Cessna 377 twins. If I remember correctly, the 1500 hour requirement is a Forest Service requirement. We...
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,428
Posted By ronschreck
Try this.

Hi Bill,

This is a rather crude design but perhaps could be improved with a little CAD work and reproduced on a large 3D printer. I haven't tried it out on my wife as she refused to have it in our...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-08-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,773
Posted By ronschreck
My two cents...

I have been flying competitive aerobatics and airshows for years so I have seen most every botched aerobatic maneuver in the book. You can read about it and hangar fly with pros but despite the best...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 34,582
Posted By ronschreck
Sold the RV-8. Hope to check out in the B-25...

Sold the RV-8. Hope to check out in the B-25 (CAF Airbase Arizona's "Maid in the Shade") in a couple of months.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 34,582
Posted By ronschreck
Riley and Sophie don't stay home

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51719606753_328c3b3665_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2mNhvcP)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51720225435_4eae2d0578_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2mNkF7K)
Forum: RV-10 12-02-2021, 05:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 979
Posted By ronschreck
Do something

Suggest you provide access under the floor panels via access plates or use nutplates and screws to secure floor panels. In the 2250 hours I flew my RV-8 I must have removed floor panels at least a...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-20-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,163
Posted By ronschreck
I used to do atmospheric testing for NOAA in a...

I used to do atmospheric testing for NOAA in a Cessna 337 Skymaster. We collected air samples from 25,000 down to 1000 feet every month. The engines were turbocharged but the mags were not...
Forum: Formation Flying 11-18-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,044
Posted By ronschreck
Make it FFI

Gregg, I also encourage you to stick with FFI as the gold standard for RV formation flying and encourage you to attend one of the FFI formation clinics. The RV is made for cross county flying so...
Forum: RV-4 11-14-2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,015
Posted By ronschreck
Got one

PM me with your email address and I'll send mine in WORD format.
Forum: RV-14 10-14-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,397
Posted By ronschreck
These work

I used AirGizmos control lock and survived the Sun-N-Fun tornado of 2011. PVC control locks splintered and many others just flipped off the rudder or rudder pedals. These things work well but are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 73
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 23,955
Posted By ronschreck
One of my favorites

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51535717639_ed5cfa949b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2mw32nR)

Team RV at the Boshears Air Show, Augusta, GA. Circa 2014.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-29-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,001
Posted By ronschreck
Any wind that is likely to damage your rudder...

Any wind that is likely to damage your rudder will surely flip the cozy out. Not a great idea IMHO.
Forum: Safety 09-13-2021, 06:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,346
Posted By ronschreck
+1. Get the training!

Dylan, you sound like a very conservative pilot who is anxious to learn new tricks and that's great. The problem with just doing one G aileron rolls is that you will soon get comfortable with them...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-25-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 13,520
Posted By ronschreck
Try this

Hey Moe,
I don't think you need to remove the gear legs. If all you need is an additional 3/32 inch of clearance I think you can remove the inner three bolts that secure the end of the gear leg and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-21-2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,164
Posted By ronschreck
Try a Half Raven or Christen system.

Nothing works better and you can upgrade to a full inverted system later on.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=51286&highlight=half+raven
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 17,358
Posted By ronschreck
Aerobatics?

Everyone has covered most all of the pros and cons of each. I'll address the aerobatic capabilities of the two. I flew my -8 competitively at the Intermediate level and have several hours in a...
Forum: Formation Flying 08-03-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,389
Posted By ronschreck
There are several groups around the country that...

There are several groups around the country that offer formation clinics and I believe this is a great way to safely get involved. Most follow the direction of Formation Flying, Inc...
Forum: Formation Flying 08-03-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,389
Posted By ronschreck
You can do both! When you master the basics of...

You can do both! When you master the basics of aerobatics you can find a few like-minded pilots and do some formation aerobatics. It's not just for airshow performers, you know. It is some of the...
Forum: Formation Flying 08-01-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,389
Posted By ronschreck
Beyond the $100 Hamburger

This article (https://airfactsjournal.com/2021/07/beyond-the-100-hamburger-how-aerobatics-can-expand-your-horizon/) by my friend Wes Liu is just for those of you who are bored with the hamburger...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-15-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,836
Posted By ronschreck
Maintenance?

Just like everything else forward of your firewall the inverted oil system needs occasional maintenance. The oil shuttle valve should be disassembled once in a while to remove gunk and check the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,336
Posted By ronschreck
No no no

Don't just assume it 4 feet because that's what someone else used. He may have a front mounted FI or bottom mounted FI or carburetor and any of a dozen different cable mounts or even a custom made...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,336
Posted By ronschreck
Sorry, I can't recall the length of the cables. ...

Sorry, I can't recall the length of the cables. That was a 3-lever quadrant and I just moved the prop and mixture to Vernier controls and took the levers off the quadrant. The friction worked fine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,777
Posted By ronschreck
Article for "Sport Aviation" magazine, August 2016 (edited for word count.)

Equipping Your RV for Aerobatics
By Ron Schreck

Proper preparation is the key to success in most new endeavors. Properly preparing your RV for aerobatics is dependent upon the level of aerobatics...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,850
Posted By ronschreck
Smile Don't accept inferior hangers.

He specifically asked for ARIZONA hangers. Don't try to pawn off your California hangers. Mine are from Arizona and I'll be happy to send as many as you like. Wire, wood or plastic? :D
Forum: RV-14 06-22-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,350
Posted By ronschreck
I hope you take Bill's advice and go to the Rome...

I hope you take Bill's advice and go to the Rome contest. You seem to have a grip on the basics and with the addition of a full inverted oil system you could do well in the Sportsman category. If...
Forum: RV-4 06-18-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,198
Posted By ronschreck
Enough!

Here's my personal technique. I'm not going to add my "technique" to this thread and I'm appealing to a moderator to put an end to this. There are many experienced aerobatic pilots who have put...
Forum: RV-4 06-18-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,198
Posted By ronschreck
STOP!

This is the sort of information you will get when you learn aerobatics from the internet. A loop entry speed of 135 MPH is DANGEROUS! Get aerobatic instruction from qualified instructors. Your...
Forum: RV-4 06-18-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,198
Posted By ronschreck
NATIONAL AEROBATICS DAY CELEBRATIONS!

You don't have to be an IAC member to attend one of these events. Getting free expert, in person instruction trumps internet advice on learning aerobatics any day. You can find a contact for the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-11-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,580
Posted By ronschreck
Four hours, 37 minutes. ...

Four hours, 37 minutes.
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=171430
Forum: Formation Flying 06-07-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,268
Posted By ronschreck
And don't forget the wingman's obligation to his...

And don't forget the wingman's obligation to his leader at the bar: "I'll take the fat one." :D
Forum: Formation Flying 06-07-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,268
Posted By ronschreck
It's up to lead...

A good lead will consider the skill of his wingman and the capabilities of his wingman's airplane. This is most important during formation aerobatics as well as formation landings where the extreme...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,549
Posted By ronschreck
Unhappy So Sad

The "Pig" has been our go-to place for BBQ for years. Janie and Ashley served the best southern BBQ in the Carolinas and it was just a 15 minute flight from our home in Gold Hill. Great food, great...
Forum: Formation Flying 06-04-2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,962
Posted By ronschreck
Hey Greg, Looking good!

If my old eyes don't deceive me that's Greg Reese of Team RV and Team Aerodynamix fame leading this bunch of old men around the skies! Great to see that the "world's largest" has been equaled. Now...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-21-2021, 06:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,647
Posted By ronschreck
Lasts a lot longer than that clear tape.

Lasts a lot longer than that clear tape.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-02-2021, 06:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,531
Posted By ronschreck
None better...

I second that. Dagmar instructs at Metropolitan State University in Denver. Her aerobatic students have been participating in IAC competition for many years and have done quite well. Here's her...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,517
Posted By ronschreck
Try this...

I had the same quadrant in my RV-8 and I found a switch that fits perfectly. They came in sets of two so I have one left over. PM your address and I'll send it to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-07-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,328
Posted By ronschreck
Hey Craig, you've got a great weight and balance...

Hey Craig, you've got a great weight and balance program and Oliver and Dave have some really good comments. Nothing wrong with your CG as it is if you are just interested in sport aerobatics. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,072
Posted By ronschreck
I stand corrected. I can't imagine you slipping...

I stand corrected. I can't imagine you slipping back into Sportsman with that new ride. The "move up" calls would be deafening!

Correction made.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,072
Posted By ronschreck
RV/IAC Aerobatic Competition Standings - 2021

I'm hoping for a much better season than 2020 which found all but a few contests cancelled due to the pandemic. The first contest of 2021 found two RV pilots among the contestants. Mike Lopez has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,644
Posted By ronschreck
Check the VAF front page tomorrow! :D

Check the VAF front page tomorrow! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,644
Posted By ronschreck
RVs cleared for Unlimited aerobatics!

Great news: International Aerobatic Club president, Jim Bourke recently posted a graphic which describes the aerobatic capabilities of many "aerobatic" airplanes. To the surprise of many, the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-30-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 20,898
Posted By ronschreck
Shouldn't happen...

This type of accident is entirely avoidable. Anyone with training in upset recovery or basic aerobatics can recognize the onset of a stall and make the appropriate control inputs to regain normal...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,173
Posted By ronschreck
They may not stick to the paint but they will...

They may not stick to the paint but they will keep your screws from messing up the paint.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,173
Posted By ronschreck
Another option...

This may be an option for your cowling. I used these the secure my fuel tanks which were painted separately from the wings as I didn't want to be dealing with painted screws when removing the tanks....
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-17-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 21,849
Posted By ronschreck
Better?

Um.....could all those people in front of a (probably) really cool-looking airplane step just a little to the left (or right) so we can see the airplane.....? Asking for a friend...............:p

Is...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-14-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 21,849
Posted By ronschreck
I was reading the specs on the 9S some time back...

I was reading the specs on the 9S some time back and your RV8 radial came to mind. I didn't know the 9S was that new to the market. Big advantage being higher torque and no PRU. And the sound!
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-14-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 21,849
Posted By ronschreck
Rotec R3600 vs. Verner 9S

I'm going to follow Brian on Facebook. Wouldn't want to miss out on this conversion. (I thought this was the way to go in the first place but I won't say I told you so!)


Rotec 3600

Designers ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-16-2021, 05:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,311
Posted By ronschreck
Synthetic Vision... Meh

Had GRT synthetic vision on my GRT HX display. Never used it in 2200+ hours.
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,224
Posted By ronschreck
I think a handhold on the roll bar is even more...

I think a handhold on the roll bar is even more useful as it gives you something to hold onto when entering/exiting the cockpit. Also useful as a holding point while turning to check your six to see...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-18-2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,742
Posted By ronschreck
Hold on...

This thread is driving me crazy! Why is anybody asking the forum to let them know it's OK to add or remove weight from their airplane? Every airplane should have a weight and balance computation...
Forum: Propellers 01-13-2021, 10:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,651
Posted By ronschreck
You would have to ask the manufacturer. Not sure...

You would have to ask the manufacturer. Not sure they could catch it faster than the pilot.
Forum: Propellers 01-13-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,651
Posted By ronschreck
With a non-aerobatic prop (no counterweights) you...

With a non-aerobatic prop (no counterweights) you may have a few instances of runaway RPM when oil pressure at the prop governor drops. You will hear it immediately and it is easy to retard the...
Forum: Propellers 01-13-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,651
Posted By ronschreck
You may have trouble with rolling circles at the...

You may have trouble with rolling circles at the Intermediate level. The most you will see is a 90-degree turn with a full roll but the roll will be rather slow with two knife-edge components and a...
Forum: Propellers 01-13-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,651
Posted By ronschreck
Hi Mark. Hi doubt you will notice any fuel...

Hi Mark. Hi doubt you will notice any fuel starvation events. The duration of negative G during typical IAC sequences, even through Intermediate are probably not long enough to cause a power...
Forum: Propellers 01-13-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,651
Posted By ronschreck
FWIW, I ditched my oil accumulator after...

FWIW, I ditched my oil accumulator after installing a full inverted oil system because the accumulator caused RPM surges, particularly during takeoff roll. If you are serious about IAC competition I...
Forum: Southeast 01-04-2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,261
Posted By ronschreck
Go for it!

Hey Balls,

Wish you well in 2021. I expect there will be lots more opportunity to compete this year. I'm counting on you and Bill McLean to make the RV community proud. BTW, you should be...
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