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Old 11-04-2013, 05:43 AM
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Default My engine finally arrived for the RV-8R!

I'll have the engine mount in about two weeks. I post regular updates on the project at;



Flying as of 1-12-2016!!!!!
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:07 AM
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Interesting project! I hope to see the finished aircraft at OSH someday, and hear it run.

I?ll be in Daytona Beach for a week in early Feb 2014. Are you interested in a project visit?
Kevin Horton
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Moses Lake, WA, USA
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:11 AM
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Sure thing Kevin! Pm me your info when your trip gets closer.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:11 AM
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There must be at least 5 Harley Davidson owners grounded for a few weeks.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:14 AM
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I LOVE IT! A round engine! Please keep sending pictures.

Jim Bower
St. Louis
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:40 AM
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A friend of mine purchased a competed Kitfox with the radial Rotec. He made a lot of mods to the aircraft then sold it without ever flying it although he did start the engine several times. The engine has a really cool, throaty, sound. The aircraft had about 7 hours on it from the previous owner. We would have loved to have seen it fly.

Best of luck on your project.

Tom Valenzia
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RV12 Jabiru 2200 Powered (Sold)
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:13 AM
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Default Radials Forever

Just had this emailed to me. Enjoy!

We gotta get rid of turbines, they are ruining aviation. We need to go back to big round engines.
Anybody can start a turbine, you just need to move a switch from "OFF" to "START," and then remember to move it back to "ON" after a while. My PC is harder to start.
Cranking a round engine requires skill, finesse and style. On some planes, the pilots are not even allowed to do it.
Turbines start by whining for a while, and then give a small lady-like poot and start whining louder.
Round engines give a satisfying rattle-rattle, click-click BANG, more rattles, another BANG, a big macho fart or two, more clicks, a lot of smoke and finally a serious low pitched roar.
We like that. It's a guy thing. When you start a round engine, your mind is engaged and you can concentrate on the flight ahead. Starting a turbine is like flicking on a ceiling fan: Useful, but hardly exciting.
Turbines don't break often enough, leading to aircrew boredom, complacency and inattention. A round engine at speed looks and sounds like it's going to blow at any minute.
This helps concentrate the mind.
Turbines don't have enough control levers to keep a pilot's attention.
There's nothing to fiddle with during the flight.
Turbines smell like a Boy Scout camp full of Coleman lanterns. Round engines smell like God intended flying machines to smell.
I think I hear the nurse coming down the hall. I gotta go.
Jeff Vaughan
RV 7A N561EV Sold
West Chester Pa

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Old 11-04-2013, 10:20 AM
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Way cool!!!!!
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:18 PM
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Default build hours ???

You know what they say every stray from Van's original plans adds significantly more hours to the build. I'm guessing this holds doubly true for "squeezing on a radial" .

So I'm in the proper "mood" I think I'll go dig up my "Round Sounds Volume 1" CD that is comprised of nothing but Radial Engine sounds from various bad a** airplanes and have a listen.

Ha ha... Nice!
Ben Westfall
RV-10 104EE flying
Coeur d'Alene, ID
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:42 PM
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Default Very cool

This looks to be a very exiting project.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures.
Ernst Freitag
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RV-10 IO-540 8.5:1
Running on 91 Octane E10 mogas since 2011
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