John, what is that 11x5x3 filter you mention tilting? My EGTs are not very even, # 1 gets as high as 1400 while # 4 is around 1220 or so. I have the same 2 hole K&N air filter you used to have. JImChuk
I've had a mostly good experience with my Jabiru 2200 engine. All up installed weight is about the same as the 582 with electric start and a C gearbox. I've put about 550 hrs on it. Takeoff and climb is about the same as the 582, but cruise is better, and better fuel burn then the 582 would give if you cranked it up to get to the speed I usually cruise at. I usually run the Jabiru at 2800 rpm in cruise and will burn 4 gph or a bit less. That gives me right at 85-87 mph, (verified with GPS) The 582 would burn more fuel if I pushed it hard enough to get to that speed. Usually I burned 3 1/2 to 4 gph at 5000-5200 rpm and that gave me about 75 mph. JImChuk
John, Thanks for the updates. Sounds like you've worked the niggles out of the new install. I'm in a rebuild process with my Model C and have been studying options to the 582. I just don't get the same warm fuzzy behind 2stroke though reduction drive that I used to with the more conventional 4 stroke direct drive I experienced on my PA 140 and BC12D of past.......and I miss that enormously. The Jab seems the only direction to go for me and most easily adapted 4stroke to the mod C airframe. I've decided thats how I'm going to proceed after a year of thinking this over, or it will be put up for sale. Paul
I now have 60 hours on the Gen 4 engine. After getting the CHTs all looking good with 300 F on the front two and 285 on the back two in cruise. Number two EGT is the highest in cruise and the lowest in climb. I returned the carb tilt back to level and tried tilting the 11 x 5 x 3 filter a bit to one side and that helped the airflow turbulence so that #2 is much closer to the rest in cruise. when I lean the engine in cruse these EGTS are pretty close to each other. I don't normally get too concerned with EGTs as long as CHTs are good. I will be taking the engine on its first long cross country this week as I fly to the High Sierra fly in at Dead Cow dry lake north of Reno. This flight will take me over the Sierras west to eat at Lake Tahoe. So I am putting my trust in this engine to keep me out of the rocks. It's due for the 30-hour oil change, but I will wait till I return since the plane will be exposed to lots of playa dust from the stol drag contests. Later... John M
If I had the foresight, I would have done the same. Lately, its like money in the bank. Saving my pennies now for a model 4 or 5 or a Jab 2200. Which ever comes first. From all info I can gather a jab 2200 will work in a Model 2. I like 2 strokes, but a smooth running jab 2200 would be sweet. I like what TJ Larsen did with his, model 1 I think. Could be wrong, have been before, divorced them both.
I guess I'll hoard mine, too. Everybody is still stuck in the days gone by when you could buy a good one for 10K. At least the ones hunting one to buy. I bought a new Ford Ranger the same time I bought my original model 4, both for $9900. Now the Ranger is 35K.
A wannabe owner doesn't know where to look for one. Most use barnstormers or the local strip to locate one. Otherwise they move on to another type of aircraft. Of course maybe Jim Chuk bought them all up! LOL! Him or Leni could be hoarding them all!
I found the kitfox narrow standard gear makes the plane squirrely and the model 1, 2 have too small tail surfaces... plenty on this site about that.. Look for a model 4, put grove landing gear on it. Then spend a little time to get the wheels aligned flat and parallel tothe ground, no toe in or toe out, no camber...you can use a laser level to shoot a spot on the tail or again a wall and snap a line down the center line of the plane on teh floor. once you get the wheel aligned, get a 8" pneumatic tail wheel. You dont need hard tail spring for steering so use softer ones...
Now start out on grass or gravel adn after a few hours start by doing takeoffs on asphalt or hard surface.. even tually you can land on hard surface, the plane will handle jsut fine, it is just you need to be able to land at a steady speed like 40-45, and with teh plane pointed down the runway.. ie you dont want to land cocked sideways even a little.... These planes are short coupled for sure... but if you do the above and it is a model 4 with the biggier tail and dont put any bigger than 800x6 tires on it to start with, later you can put 26" tires, those are over kill anyway because I flew all over the place and landed off airport with my 800s. I have heard of dozens of people who buy a kitfox and ground loop it on first flight... if you look at teh Just super stol, it has a longer fuselage and wider gear both of which make for easier ground handling....
I spend a lot more time on my planes than I guess most do. I know every nut and bolt on them. I don't wait for an annual inspection, I am going over mine much more often. When it comes time for an annual. There is almost never an issue that the mechanic comes up with that I did not already know about. So I pretty much do it all, then he double checks things. AS Larry said, it really doesn't hurt to have another set of eyes on your bird and in the grand scheme of things, its only pennies that you pay out to have these checks done.
Given how long ago since Avid was in production and decades since the last kit produced, it would seem to me that the owners are unable to safely fly anymore and dying off, some aircraft are uncompleted kits/projects (I helped one of those get sold here); then there are some out of inspection, or un-airworthy, languishing in estates, garages, barns and hangers. Heirs are ignoring them or as you point out they're sold at the local level. Occasionally you see the typical "friend of owner/seller" statement within the Barnstormers postings. Then there's some like me, hard landing or crash, now stored in the garage and can't quite decide what to do with the damn thing or lack of time, energy and budget to get it flying again!
Was strolling thru barnstormers and noticed that the low to mid priced Avid/Foxes that are for sale are drying up. Either people are hanging on to them, being sold at the local level, or just very few wanting to sell them. Was not surprised due to new kit planes costing a small fortune nowdays. Why spend 50-100K for a new kit when a flyable one can be had for 25% of that, or once could be bought for that. Guess those days are over! Anybody else see this coming?
My father is a pretty good mechanic, much better than I am and he can't stand having anyone else touch his vehicles. He's not a very trusting soul when it comes to his babies. That rubbed off. Although not being as good as he is and living a significant distance away means I've had to trust my truck to a shop. That's been difficult. Hopefully i can pick it up in the next few days and I'm going to be holding my breath for quite awhile to see if they did it right. And yes I know I can assist in the inspection if I find an A&P who agrees to that. I think I already have one lined up.
It all melted by evening or so, supposed to be almost 60 for a high on Friday and Saturday. Probably have to put the grandkids trampoline away soon. Cause it won't be long before the snow comes to stay. JImChuk