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Forum: Alternative Engines 11-22-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,885
Posted By smokyray
Tried and True

BZ, back in the Jurassic age my buddy Tracy Crook and I built our RV4s, sharing tips and ideas on DRs Yahoo group that predated this site. Tracy however being the over achiever he is, engineered a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,691
Posted By smokyray
Another year…

Hey Van, best wishes for an awesome birthday! Seems like yesterday I called the builder support line in N Plains and you answered! Had a lot of great meetings and discussions over the years...
Forum: Job Board 11-16-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,625
Posted By smokyray
The Guard belongs

Was blessed to fly the F16C Block 30 for 25 years, numerous deployments and lots of adventures, Air Force and ANG. Email me anytime and I’ll share my dos centavos and help any way I can!
V/R
Smokey...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 11-16-2022, 03:32 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 123,555
Posted By smokyray
HE reigns!

AMEN!!!
:)
Smokey
Forum: Virtual Hangar 11-16-2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 123,555
Posted By smokyray
Priorities

Brian, many of us can relate with your story and I greatly appreciate your candor. You and I are both Jurassic RV guys going back to Doug’s Yahoo group and snail mail to Vans in North Plains before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,368
Posted By smokyray
Veterans Day 22’

I always have mixed emotions when the pastor of our church invites Veterans to stand on Vets Day Sunday services. I think of all my friends, here still or gone west, scary nights over unfriendly...
Forum: RV-15 10-31-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,983
Posted By smokyray
Aerobatic???

Bearhawk advertises the Patrol as an aerobatic utility aircraft but it’s not on the BH4 or 5 utility description. From the website:

Most importantly, the Patrol is FUN! The remarkable performance is...
Forum: RV-15 10-30-2022, 06:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,983
Posted By smokyray
Is what it is…

Yeah Tom, totally relate. I loved my Four, Six-X and Rocket. Of course I loved my Maule M5, T-Craft, Sonerai 2, current F35 Bonanza and of course the F16. I would build again for sure, just the...
Forum: RV-15 10-27-2022, 03:22 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,983
Posted By smokyray
The Mission

Hey I’m with ya.
65 came and went with little fanfare. Retired stamped after all my previous pursuits including an Airline and Military (F16) career. Blessed to have survived and lived to tell the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-19-2022, 08:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 916
Posted By smokyray
What’s in a name?

Rick, your carb may have a new tab on it from Facet but the first serial number at the top is the one you want. MA4SPA. It’s a Marvel Schebler carb and the best overhaul shop on Earth IMHO is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2022, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,301
Posted By smokyray
Same “old” story

Yeah, story of my life…my wife says it’s the RV10 aspirations on an RV4 budget!
Thanks Vlad!
:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2022, 11:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,301
Posted By smokyray
Honor Flight

The honor was mine…
:)

https://i.postimg.cc/nVTsKLxR/2-F4232-D4-EC79-41-C8-B45-F-85-DECE851587.jpg...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-15-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,164
Posted By smokyray
Poopie Suit...

Wunderbar !!!

Epic adventure, very nicely done and filmed!

V/R
Smokey

PS: Having flown over the same places albeit higher and alot faster, always wanted a closer look at BW-2, lots of amazing...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2022, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,051
Posted By smokyray
Van the Man...OSH 22'

RV15 from a distance: the Jurassic builder files.


There I was, in front of the Vans booth at OSH 22' having just sneaked up on my buddy DR when....

"Hello Smokey" came a familiar greeting from a...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-13-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,865
Posted By smokyray
Heaven waits

Sad to hear, a great acquaintance of RV days of old.
Mark would frequent fly-in's in his RV4 complete with a "Landoll Logo" on his rear canopy and a baggage compartment full of his lightweight...
Forum: RV-15 07-11-2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 113,730
Posted By smokyray
Deja Vu

Hmmm, looks a lot like a Cessna 180, not surprised...
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery..
:)
Smokey
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 06-03-2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,078
Posted By smokyray
Six Pack

Vans build a Six Seat kit? Never!!
Of course that's what many of us Jurassic RV builders said when Van announced a Side by Side model (RV6) and later an "A" option (nosewheel) which I even commented...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,180
Posted By smokyray
Back to the future...

Last weekend I attended an F16 squadron reunion at Gaston's resort in AR. It was a reunion in more ways than one as a squadron bro in attendance arrived in his RV8, one I am intimately familiar. Way...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-19-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,564
Posted By smokyray
Ba-Ha-ma!

Congrats!
https://i.postimg.cc/nVGgjgVf/19577-D57-5-D04-4-C0-C-B6-D4-D9-DBF8-D5-ADAF.jpg (https://postimg.cc/t7728rVB)

Our foray to Staniel Cay...many moons ago!
:)
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,358
Posted By smokyray
Eighteen Years...

Guys, a fellow brother in arms emailed me today reminding me of an epic "RV weekend" at my grass strip home near KLAL, 18 years ago today.

Thirteen various model RV's flown by F16 (and other)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,069
Posted By smokyray
Stinkin and steamin!

Wow, great memories there brother!
Picture two future fighter bros, at the time flying OV10 Broncos on a cross country to SEA tail chasing (officially extended trail) inside the rim looking at the...
Forum: RV-4 03-15-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,812
Posted By smokyray
Bag Drag...

Dave,
That's a good technique and also works with airline roller bags, tool boxes and even small air compressors! Installing tiedown straps in the baggage area frees up the rear seat also.
Removing...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-12-2022, 10:43 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 44,758
Posted By smokyray
Baited breath...

If they do I suspect a artists rendering on an easel with accompanying chat.
Flying prototype?
Don't think I can hold my breath that long...
:)
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 02-22-2022, 06:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,612
Posted By smokyray
Thorp Genius, The Derringer re-defined..

I've always been a big fan of John Thorp. As mentioned previously, his genius was evident in many modern aircraft to this day. For me it was every walkaround on the T-38 and the F16. The full flying...
Forum: Rocket 02-22-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 305,888
Posted By smokyray
Rocket Ramblings

Yeah I miss mine, great airplane that we were blessed to have many adventures in. It was the closest thing to the F16 I could shoehorn into my home turf strip.....
Forum: RV-15 02-18-2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,794
Posted By smokyray
Family affair...

Dennis, true enough sir. My association goes way back to the late 70's when BD Maule himself trusted a punk 22yr old "wet ink" Commercial Pilot to ferry a brand new M5 to MT. I still get regular...
Forum: RV-15 02-18-2022, 03:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,794
Posted By smokyray
Have Maule, will haul!

Awesome Paul/Craig, always wondered what the "real story" was on the Tundra!
Owning the M5 has been a hoot, flashback to my youth but amazingly capable.

That's what the RV15 forte' should...
Forum: RV-15 02-18-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,794
Posted By smokyray
Been there, done that.

Ask, and ye shall receive:

https://www.dreamaircraft.com/site/index.php?lang=EN&hdr=xl&sw_hdr=1

C175, size weight and appearance with Jays inputs. Check
IO390 up front: Check
1000 lb useful load,...
Forum: RV-15 01-27-2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 23,553
Posted By smokyray
You got that right

Amen.
The video is pretty clear, like many other businesses right now, Vans demand far outweighs supply and product can only be produced at a given rate with available supplies, shipping delays...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-14-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,614
Posted By smokyray
Bare essentials

I think Bare Metal is fairly retro in its own rite, WW2 P51 scheme notwithstnding! Here's some before and after of my RV4 which somehow turns 29 this...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-30-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,818
Posted By smokyray
View from above...

Hey Mike, thanks for sharing, haven't seen that view since looking down thru the gold tinted canopy of the F16C on a AK deployment many moons ago. Simply phenomenal :)

My wingman and I commented...
Forum: RV-15 12-24-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,384
Posted By smokyray
Pod Belly...or vice versa

The most logical place to place extra weight (gear/fuel) is where they have already engineered and tested in the field. My missionary pilot friends at MAF and elsewhere have fitted belly pods to ALL...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-22-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,182
Posted By smokyray
Send in The Clones...

In October, Bushliner purchased the rights, parts, tooling, jigs and everything else to the Cyclone 180/185 series Kitplane clones of the venerable Cessna Skywagon....
Forum: RV-15 12-22-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,384
Posted By smokyray
Stores Jett!

Well, having flown several aircraft with hard-points under the wings in the past I can assure you it has been done on several civilian production aircraft, most notably, the venerable Cessna's and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 76
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 33,100
Posted By smokyray
Low Corner...

Whiskey Whiskey,
Yessir, my Gen 1 GoPro enclosed in it's protective case and attached to a single wingtip screw has hung in there (literally) thru numerous iterations of G's, excursions in Airspeed...
Forum: RV-15 12-19-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 73,234
Posted By smokyray
CAN-Tilever you say?

Of course, the cantilever wing eliminates that strut issue altogether! (as mentioned above)
Been done before, quite well I might add...:)

https://i.postimg.cc/V63QVK3R/cardinal.jpg...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-04-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,182
Posted By smokyray
Train Wreck...

Not to De-Rail this thread any more than it already has been, the RV15 and RV16 are yet to be unveiled by Van's skunkworks but have been vaguely defined in their official statement (see home page...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 43,677
Posted By smokyray
Lucy in the Sky...

This is our Lewellyn Setter Lucy in my RV6X last summer.
Just not enough room realistically and comfortably in the baggage compartment for her, our gear, her stuff and anything else on long trips....
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,182
Posted By smokyray
Two by Four

Based on Vans OSH announcement the answer to your question is yes, to both, two aircraft the RV15 and 16. Logically one would be a 2 seat, the other a 4 seat.

Although there is nothing from the...
Forum: Safety 11-27-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 24,179
Posted By smokyray
Well said...

:)
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-27-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,182
Posted By smokyray
Faster and funnier...

Agree completely although I think the 15 will be more of the size/performance of the Bearhawk Patrol but all metal, matched hole or pulled rivets with a cantilever wing optionally aerobatic. Or...
Forum: Safety 11-27-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 24,179
Posted By smokyray
My turn...

There are exceptions.
Many moons ago during my RV4 test period I experienced a significant (90%) power loss just after takeoff from a 2200' grass strip with 50' pine trees at the end. My RV4 takeoff...
Forum: RV-4 11-24-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,011
Posted By smokyray
One of a kind...

Appears to be custom made. Many iterations of canopy hold down/locking mechanisms were fabricated and shared amongst us builders over the years, my RV4 and HR2 included.

Here's my RV4 canopy "hold...
Forum: RV-15 11-22-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 22,369
Posted By smokyray
Gotta Bike?

Well, there are many iterations of carrying things on (or inside) small aircraft. I once carried a craftsman 1/2HP air compressor in the back of my RV4 with the seat removed and occasionally a fold...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-18-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,901
Posted By smokyray
HE listens...

Prayers for YOU and Susie my brother...
V/R
Smokey
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 684
Posted By smokyray
Thanks Vets

To my brothers in arms who were with me through a-lot more thick than thin, I salute you!

Thanks for your service...
:)
V/R
Smokey

Oldie but goodie, I still get choked...
Forum: Propellers 11-06-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,466
Posted By smokyray
Prop me up?

Yes, I too have had my share of MT adventures, but not with CS but FP props on my RV4 and 6X. Their props perform well but service after the sale as mentioned above is lacking in the USA and is slow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,668
Posted By smokyray
Just getting broke in...

Just getting broken in....
Congrats!
Smokey
:)
Forum: RV-3 11-04-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,089
Posted By smokyray
The Air up there...

Sean,
I have been running 380x150x5 tires on all three of my RV's/HR2 since 2003. I based my air pressure (like most back country pilots) on weight and "landing area" conditions. (airport for most on...
Forum: RV-15 11-01-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,523
Posted By smokyray
Pulling my leg?

Even the F16 with its mix of composite control surfaces and flush riveted aluminum structure has pulled rivets in places. AVEX rivets grace the engine intake and several other places nearly...
Forum: RV-15 10-19-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 73,234
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, 07:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,328
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, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,618
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, 06:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,794
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, 12:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,794
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, 02:08 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 472,549
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, 08:00 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 472,549
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: Propellers 10-04-2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,457
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, 07:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 23,794
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: RV-4 09-17-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,777
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, 11:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,282
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, 03:17 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 73,234
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, 11:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,279
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, 11:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,652
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,...
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