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  1. Bandit added a post in a topic The best prop option is ?   

    I am running a 503 DCDI in my Bandit, with a B gear box 2.58 to 1. I installed a IVO 66" 3 bladed ground adjustable prop on it. Seems to be working good. The first thing you will notice is how much smoother and quieter it will run. You can adjust the pitch in about 30 seconds. Right now I have mine set so I am showing about 6250 on take off. To get my IAS at 70 mph I have to run my rpm at about 5750. If I show less than 70mph my airplane seems to fly sluggish. I have tried pitching it down so I get more rpm on take off, but you seem to lose in cruise real fast. I would have to run 5900 to 6000 to get 70mph. It seems like you can get one or the other, but not both with the ground adjustable. You can also adjust your mixture with this prop, pitch it up will richen your mixture, down will lean it out. Another advantage is you can change the pitch with the changing temps. Plenty of ground clearance with this prop and the new gear.
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  2. TheDeltaFox added a post in a topic The best prop option is ?   

    I'm running a 3 blade ground adj GSC. It impresses me but then again i'm easily impressed
    Once mine kicks the bucket i'm going to carbon fiber like the IVO. Wood props lead to moisture issues and a little flight in the rain can do bad things to a wood prop.
    I also like the idea of having one main screw to adjust the pitch instead of playing with 3 blades and trying to match them to the same pitch. Just
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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic The best prop option is ?   

    I know you say you want fixed pitch, but I have found that winter versus summer, floats versus wheels and even wheels versus ski's I like different pitches. I would really be looking at the IVO ground adjust. The easiest prop to set and side by side comparison on an Avid MK IV it kicked the GSC's ass in cruise and climb, not to mention ran much smoother.

    As Ditch Diggler Doug said ( sorry Doug), talk to Bandidt on here, he is running a 503 on his plane and it gets around pretty damn good from the videos he has posted!


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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    Actually, I kinda use it for both... Gas (proprer tank selected) Undercarriage (you dont have a flat tire, or water rudders are up) Mixture (full rich), Prop (set for take off).. as basic as it gets yet can keep you out of trouble on take off and landing.

    I know they teach CIGAR for take off... I do that as I am sitting in the bird waiting for it to warm up.. The GUMP I do just prior to take off and on down wind. I am kind of a rebel by nature (I know I have hidden that from you guys right ) but over a few oh shit moments, I have learned that GUMP does more for me than CIGAR when it really comes down to it..


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  5. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    I was taught (for heavier aircraft) that GUMPS was the landing checklist:

    G - Gas turned to proper tank
    U - Undercarriage, retractable gear extended
    M - Mixture, set to rich
    P - Prop(s), set to high RPM
    S - Speed, in the proper arcs for gear and flap extension.


    But, I don't think that's what Leni had in mind...
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  6. marshawk added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    I feel like a dumb ass but I gotta ask what the GUMPS check list stands for, I know a couple of the obvious but it sounds like a good way to remember them and I can use all the help I get when it come to that.

    Thanks Willis
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  7. dholly added a post in a topic The best prop option is ?   

    I believe member Bandit has/had a 503 on his Avid. Not sure what gearbox but if I am correct and he sees the question, I'm sure he'll share his experience on props.
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  8. horsepower added a post in a topic The best prop option is ?   

    I would think that you would want the largest diameter prop you could put on it and still have your ground clearance.With the C box you can run a heavier prop,check out Powerfin,Warp Drive, Ivo. I think they have a suggested prop chart for the combo you have.I would have a ground adjustable vs a fixed prop but thats just a preference.There are some nice wood prop builders out there for Rotax, I believe GSC Props still build wood.Randy
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  9. Tree top pilot added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    The best prop option is ?
    I am planning to get a "O" time 503 Dual ig. power setup soon with a "C" gearbox containing 3.47:1 set. Now wanting to fly a two blade and have best climb / cruise performance.....field elev. is 998'. I do not want to get an adjustable pitch setup....really want to get a nice fixed pitch wood prop. Top end speed is not that important...would rather have the power to get in and out of short strips/pastures.Insert bushplane picture into thoughts here. Flight will be mostly in Va/NC and in the foothills areas. I know for a fact that it has been done and vids of Kitfoxes/ Avids on youtube prove the fact. Now for the suggestions and reasons why or why not. I have been warned already of possible 200 rpms over max at cruise...needing a bit more pitch...and another 1K for another prop.Then I could just throttle back a bit and live with that though. Looking for the tried and true....and proof of theory.
    I have not found much in the way of diameter/pitch combos for the ratio on this power plant. Thoughts? Suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.....2516 Lima Xray
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  10. dholly added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Dual Stick Control Column Assembly
    ...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...

    Dual Stick Control Column Assembly



    For sale is one complete Dual Stick Control Column Assembly from a Kitfox Model III. This item is previously used, removed in working condition with no damage history. All bolts, washers and checknuts left attached.

    Includes:

    (1) Control Column Housing - p/n FCC-16
    (1) Control Column Right Mount - p/n FCC-17
    (1) Control Column Left Bearing Block - p/n FBR-3
    (2) Control Column Pivot Sockets - p/n FCC-18
    (2) Control Sticks - p/n FCS-19
    (2) Control Stick Grips - Owner Supplied
    (1) Stick Connect Control Tube - p/n FCT-20
    (3) Heim Rod End Bearings - p/n FRE-48
    (1) Heim Rod End Bearing - p/n FRE-49

    Note: the following parts are shown in the pictures below, but are NOT included in this listing. These parts ARE included in the separate listing "Flaperon Mixer Control Assembly".

    (1) Swivel Joint, Front Aileron Bellcrank - p/n FBK-56
    (1) Front Aileron Bellcrank - p/n FBK-6

    $200.00 + actual shipping.

    Or, combine with my separate "Flaperon Mixer Control Assembly" listing (priced at $350.00 + actual shipping) for discounted price of $500.00 + actual shipping. Save yourself considerable time and effort, and put a proven flight control system in your homebuilt project.

    Interested? Send me a Private Message with your name and telephone number and best time to reach you. I'll call you to discuss and address any questions you may have. Please, no traders or tirekickers, serious buyers only.

    Thanks for looking. All parts sold on an 'As-Is' basis with no guaranty or warranty expressed or implied by seller. All applicability, use or airworthiness of any parts for sale herein is solely buyer responsibility.




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  11. dholly added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Flaperon Mixer Control Assembly
    ...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...

    Flaperon Mixer Control Assembly



    For sale is one complete Flaperon Mixer Control Assembly from a Kitfox Model III. This item is previously used, removed in working condition with only very minor damage to one threaded rod end (see Note below). All bolts, washers and checknuts left attached.

    Includes:

    (1) Mixer Bellcrank Bearing - p/n FBR-53
    (1) Aft Aileron Bellcrank - p/n FBK-5
    (1) Front Aileron Bellcrank - p/n FBK-6*
    (1) Mixer Bellcrank Housing - p/n FBK-7
    (1) Flap Bellcrank - p/n FBK-8
    (2) Individual Flaperon Bellcranks - p/n FBK-9
    (1) Elevator Idler Bellcrank - p/n FBK-10
    (1) Swivel Joint, Front Aileron Bellcrank - p/n FBK-56*
    (1) Aileron Push/Pull Control Tube - p/n FCT-21
    (1) Elevator Forward Push/Pull Control Tube - p/n FCT-23S
    (1) Flap Push/Pull Control Tube - p/n FCT-24
    (2) Vertical Aileron Push/Pull Control Tubes - p/n FCT-25
    (2) Swivel End Push/Pull Control Tubes - p/n FCT-26
    (2) Threaded Rods - p/n FRU-47
    (4) Heim Rod End Bearings - p/n FRE-48
    (4) Heim Rod End Bearing - p/n FRE-50
    (4) U-Joints - p/n FU-58

    * These parts are included in this listing, but not pictured below. They are attached to and can be seen in the separate "Dual Stick Control Assembly" listing.

    Note: The FCT-21, FCT-23S and FCT-24 Push/Pull Control Tubes all have a slight bend in the middle to allow for clearance under the Kitfox fiberglass seat pan. This is normal. However, the FCT-21 Aileron Push/Pull Control Tube forward threaded rod end is bent slightly (should be straight). It would be real easy for someone to straighten out the part and hide this fact, but I have purposefully left it as is and flagged with red tape so all can see and Bad Karma won't visit me on a short final.

    $350.00 + actual shipping.

    Or, combine with my separate "Dual Stick Control Assembly" listing (priced at $200.00 + actual shipping) for discounted price of $500.00 + actual shipping. Save yourself considerable time and effort, and put a proven flight control system in your homebuilt project.

    Interested? Send me a Private Message with your name and telephone number and best time to reach you. I'll call you to discuss and address any questions you may have. Please, no traders or tirekickers, serious buyers only.

    Thanks for looking. All parts sold on an 'As-Is' basis with no guaranty or warranty expressed or implied by seller. All applicability, use or airworthiness of any parts for sale herein is buyer responsibility.





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  12. dholly added a topic in Local Fly in's   

    Niagara Falls, NY Airshow 9/11/11
    Here's one of the last air show opportunities of the
    summer in my area...

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    the 10th Anniversary of September 11th with a
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    The Niagara show will feature the USAF Thunderbirds,
    B-1, B-2 (Sat Only), Super Hornet Demo, Mig-17,
    a jet truck, plus a number of other amazing acts.

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    They do have a Preferred Seating Area and Flight Deck,
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    You can SAVE up to $75 off VIP Tickets by using the
    discount code: SABRE

    Find out more about their show by going to
    the following site:

    http://www.thunderof...araairshow.com/
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  13. Russ. added a post in a topic N844RS repair   


    Still looking for advice and thoughts on proposed repairs.
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  14. dholly added a post in a topic Airdale Wide Gear   

    Also, W.I.B. bungees are 100" long and use 8 full wraps.
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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   



    Just keeping it real and trying to shut down a lil monday morning quarter backing. We are all prone to fn up. Been there, done that and got the bloody tee shirt.. and parts n pieces to prove it


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  16. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    Leni awesome reply on BCP to this post. I shot the news articles to our EAA president to get the word out over on this end.
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  17. BryceKat added a post in a topic Airdale Wide Gear   


    thanks Trackelder, sure do appreciate it!
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  18. Trackwelder added a post in a topic Airdale Wide Gear   


    1/2 inch
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  19. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    I lifted this report from another forum... makes you wonder what really went wrong!




    First, here is what the press has reported about the crash so far

    http://www.ktvb.com/home/Plane-crashes- ... 22983.html

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/09/0 ... dwell.html

    And now I hope I don't stir up a hornet's Nest with this comment.
    This plane took off directly ahead of me Sunday morning at 8:00 am, he announced he was taking off from runway 12, for a downwing departure to the west. Then a few seconds later he said he was "doing a short landing on runway 12". I watched as he got about 50 feet into the air, then landed on the remaining runway and turned off at the east end. When I took off a minute later he was in the runup area with his engine running. About 20 minutes later I heard him anounce that he was taking off from runway 30, straight out departure. I didn't hear anything more from him, and didn't get back to Caldwell untill monday afternoon, so I was suprised to see the lead story on ch.7 was this plane crashed at the west end of the runway.
    The 2 questions that I don't expect the FAA to find an answer to are:
    1 what problem did he have that made him abort 50 feet in the air on his first takeoff?
    2 what, if anything, did he do during those 15 minutes at the end of the runway, and why did he takeoff afgain?
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  20. Trackwelder added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   



    Probably didn't look as bad before jaws of life got ahold of the fuselage
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  21. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    I am pretty sure that photo is after they pulled the wings off and probly cut the cage to extricate the bodies. At any rate, it looks like a stall and nose dive straight in to me from the other other photos. That is how my ride in the pacer was, and if was not for the fact that I had the full lotus floats on that plane, which put 16 air bags under my dumb ass, I know I would not have walked away from that crash, nor ever had the pleasure of flying an Avid or kitfox.. In fact, I am certain that I would have left a widow and 3 kids that day if it were not for those floats!
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  22. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    Man this is brutal. They hit hard.


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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    #1 Rule... Fly the damn plane! I broke #1 rule when I had the engine failure in the pacer. I had my head in the cockpit going through emergeny procedures (like a restart at 75' altitude and hanging on the prop was really gonna save my dumb ass).

    On the 2 engine outs I have had in the Avid I flew the plane first, and went for a restart second. I was lucky enough to have survived crash incident #1 to learn my lesson and not do the same on #2 and #3.. those turned out to be non-events cause I followed rule #1.

    I also learned that while we may look super cool doing a max perfromance climbout, it leaves us NO room in the event that the pilot cooling fan stops turning. If I am in a tight spot, I will go max performance just till the obstacle is cleared, then I pick up plenty of speed to give a few extra seconds of flying before I contact terra firma.


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  24. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    I thought the name looked familiar when I pulled the info and sure enough this guy was hangared in Rio Vista CA where I finished building and made my first flight. I didn't know him very well but knew who he was and had checked out his bird before. Good info Leni. The slightest lapse in concentration in this sport could be your last. I will be curious to hear what caused the failure. This is the third fatal accident exactly like this in light airplanes with people I knew in less than a year. They were all low level power failures and they all went straight in. (((
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  25. akflyer added a post in a topic Airdale Wide Gear   



    I am not sure on that one Bryce. I am at work now and won't be home for a couple weeks to measure them for ya. A call to Airdale should fix you up though. I know you have to go to heavier bungees with the wide gear.


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