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  1. dholly added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    My 1956 Chevy
    So I got a telephone call a couple weeks ago from some guy saying he needs to meet with me. Wouldn't tell me his name or why, the conversation was rather cryptic and I just wasn't feeling real good about it (not too many skeletons in the closet but, hey, you never know). In any event, he finally spit out a name which did kinda ring a bell. Turns out it was the fellow I sold my old 1956 Chevy to more than 25 years ago.

    I bought the car in San Diego after spending the summer playing with the beach bunnies on college break one year. Had driven cross country in my pickup with camper cap, and figured I could pay for my summer fun by bringing a nice rust-free classic back to upstate NY. So I traded my truck for the '56 and headed for home. It was real solid with georgous red and white 2-tone paint and a custom Tijuana tuck 'n roll leather interior. I made it as far as McLean TX before I blew a rear axle bearing and had to put up on the mechanics couch for two weeks. Back then, auto parts came into these backwater hodunk little towns via the Grayhound bus, which only ran through every two weeks! Not good for a long-hair CA beach bum in rural redneck TX and, to make matters worse, it was a dry district so no booze or bars, etc.

    Basically, nothing to do but wait for the bus. Well, nothing to do but shag the mechanic. Yes, the mechanic was a SHE, and a mighty fine little texas nympho hottie at that. Turned out her speed freak boyfriend had a temper too, put a 12ga. slug in her radiator when he found out she was letting me use her car in addition to her landing strip. Apparently, cars were more important than girlfriends at that time in rural TX. Only way I escaped with my life was because I had just made a beer run into Amarillo and had something of value to barter with. To this day I marvel my life was worth exactly one half case of beer. No way was I giving up the whole case lol....

    Anyhoo, the fellow that bought the car has been driving it around until a few years ago when he decided to get real serious about restoring it. He's a Pepsi-Cola memorabilia collector and Chevy Delivery Sedan aficionado, hence the new color scheme and replacement of the split tailgate with a single lift gate. I thought he did a great job on the resto and what a cool surprisee to have him look me up after all those years and bring it by for a look see.

    Thought you might enjoy some pics...

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  2. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Piper Clipper   

    The ad he's at $48k. He is willing to talk, though.
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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic Fathers Day Fly in BBQ   

    I tried loading the vid lastnight but the com. system at work is fading in and out. I gave up after 2 hrs. I will try it again today! It is kinda funny that you pointed out your lil Avid making it, but the bigger planes stayed home. I have done that several times, and only once did I wish I had stayed home too Night flying a river bed in a snow storm with trees 20' off the wing tip just to keep them in sight was not my idea of a great time

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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic Airdale Spring Gear   

    Sweet bird! Can't wait for the first flight report!!

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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Piper Clipper   

    Nice bird! What is he asking for it?

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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic June 2012 trip to the lodge   

    On a side note, if we ever wanted to do a lodge trip inthe summer and kill some pike or salmon, we can land at Bentalik lodge and Dan will run down in the jet boat and grab ya. Its about a 10 minutes ride in the boat from Lodge to Lodge.

    I have been on Dans butt about letting me fire up that dozer and push in a strip. There is room enough to do it there too, but he keeeps balking at me on it. I may have to just go up there, get him drunk n passed out then jump on the dozer and get started knocking down some trees. Then he cant say no

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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic McCarther River   

    The fish should be showing up in good catchable numbers anytime soon! Looks like a nice day for out playing anyways! It sure beat me sitting here at work putting out fires all day long

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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   


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  9. akflyerbob added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    I don't remember meeting you in my motorhome.
    Which freeway was it?
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  10. SuberAvid added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    McCarther River
    Tried to catch a King at my favorite spot last Friday but could not find any interested in being caught. I didn't see any rolling or evidence of any so they may not be in there yet. I had a Red on for a brief second before he spit the hook and then I just beat the watter until my legs went numb. Always fun to see what has been wandering around; saw a lot of wolf tracks in the sand but no bear tracks. The day wasn't too good for pictures but I took a few on the way back over to Beluga Lake and down the Talachlitna River to the Skwentna River. A lot of water flowing from the snow pack so the Tal might not be too good for a while. A buddy bought a cabin there with a small strip on a gravel bar so I definately plan to give it a try a little later in the summer.

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  11. SuberAvid added a post in a topic June 2012 trip to the lodge   

    Beautiful pictures Leni! I flew over the lodge on Friday and waved at Julie on the front deck. I figured I would only be able to land once so had to keep it airborne.
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  12. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Piper Clipper   

    More details:

    Cleveland Wheels and double puck brakes
    Lightweight Airtech starter
    Lightweight 70 Amp Alternator
    Spin on oil filter conversion
    New Whelen Strobes and Power packs
    New King Flip Flop radio - KX197a
    Garmin 296 in panel mount

    2011 Airventure Award Winner
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  13. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Airdale Spring Gear   

    Airplane porn!!

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  14. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Fathers Day Fly in BBQ   

    Great video!
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  15. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    I look at it this way: You self evaluate your medical condition every time you drive a car or truck. Every time you drive down a two lane highway you are passing other cars within inches, with closing speeds in excess of 100 mph. This is statistically far more dangerous than flying. Flying an aircraft, even a fully loaded Cherokee 6 or A36 Bonanza is far less risky (in VFR conditions) than those senile old geezers hurtling down the highway in a 40,000 lb. motor-home.

    If you (rhetorical) are not comfortable with your kids in the back, don't take them, or maintain your medical. Personally, I think it is an unnecessary redundancy that serves no purpose than maintaining a bloated government bureaucracy.

    IFR or Commercial operations are a different story.
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  16. TheDeltaFox added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Fathers Day Fly in BBQ
    There was a Fathers Day fly in / drive in BBQ in Lloydminster today. The forecast was terrible and I woke up to pouring rain. I went back to bed and when I got up later it was clearing so I thought lets go for lunch.

    I chased the rain to Lloyd and got to play with come Strato Cumulus clouds on the way. Rain was heavy to the north and good skies to the south. Was a fun day and the local flight school gave cheap rides and had about 150 people experience the thrill of flight. They got shut down for about 45 min while a thunderstorm rolled through but other than that it was a good time. Due to the forecast and bad weather early on, I was one of about 5 aircraft that flew in. I thought it was great that this little Avid flew in and all the expensive planes hid in their hangars for fear of rain and low cloud.

    Here's a short video of me skipping over the edge of a straggling stratocumulus cloud.


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  17. SuberAvid added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    That space is really tight; I didn't have any issues with the fork /clevise cvontacting my tubes on my MK IV but I have a clevice pin in mine and not a clevise bolt. You might try that since the head of the clevise pin is very thin and the cotter end just requires one washer behind the cotter pin so it makes this the thinnest way to go. The shank of the clevise pin is the same as a clevise bolt and that is the wearing surface so it is just as strong as the clevise bolt.
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  18. EDMO added a post in a topic Happy Birthday High Country   

    Be sure and tell your wife that the view from the new one is much better than in an old Cessna.
    Happy Birthday Robert.
    ED in MO (too old for birthdays now!!)
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  19. akflyer added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    So what is the difference between having one kid in the front, or two in the back, or in the case of tandem 1 in the back.

    Not everyone can be accomodated or pleased. I would rather see 80% of the GA pilots benefit from this ruling versus 10 or 20%. This is a baby step progression process. We got LSA, Sport pilot, rec pilot, now as they are learning that if they relax a tad planes and pilots are not just falling out of the sky. The feds get a warm fuzzy and they give us a little more rope at a time until they figure out at what length we decide to hang ourselves. I pray that at that point they just pull the slack out of the rope and dont knee jerk and take the rope away all together.

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  20. High Country added a post in a topic Happy Birthday High Country   

    Thanks alot and yep one day closer, hopefully just a couple months left till I hit the sky. Yea!!! Did git to take my wife out in the club cessna the other day had a great time.
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  21. EDMO added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    I dont mean to start a "firestorm", but disagree with doing away with the 3rd Med for a 4 place plane.
    I would be OK with a 2 place, and under 200 mph.
    To put "back seat captives" at risk, possibly children, is asking too much.
    That is just my opinion. can that be put in the comments?
    ED in MO
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  22. fokkerc1 added a post in a topic Bought an Avid Catalina kit.   

    I got the gear drilled as per the plans. There is another glitch. Since the gear retracts forward, now, the actuating arm goes through a much larger arc. The bolt heads now hit the cross tube. I guess I will have to get the heads milled by 1/3.
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  23. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    I guess, for now...

    The posting I started about the 3rd class medical comment period helped, maybe? Link
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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    You survived the brow beating huh

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  25. Av8r3400 added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Piper Clipper
    I'm trying to help a friend move his freshly restored Piper Clipper. Here's a link to the Barnstormer's add.

    It is an example of a way better than new Piper Clipper. Powered by a Lycoming 0320, 150 hp, zero timed during the restoration. New fabric, interior and everything in between. All STCs and logs are up to date and everything is legal. It also comes with a Garmin 296.

    Please pass this information around to all your flying buddies.

    His price is now less than what he has into the restoration. The Airplane has to go he no longer has room for two. (His Avid-Kitfox hybrid build is almost complete.) The airplane is a real sweetheart and flies beautifully!

    I can answer questions or get answers to them if you have any.

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