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  1. dholly added a post in a topic IT WORKED!!!!   

    As many know, Leni has graciously footed the bill for all operating and maintenance expense of this great, sponsor and commercial-free forum to date. If you would like to help the site with a financial donation, you may send Leni a check to the address listed in the Contributing Membership Thread.
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  2. EDMO added a post in a topic Wanted wing rib   

    I will have to check my drawing if I can find it - I compared it once to a KF2 rib and it looked identical, except flat on bottom - I got it from a KF5 owner.
    ED in MO
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  3. EDMO added a post in a topic I need a faster experimental back country airplane   

    Herman,
    As with most things in life, planes are a compromise and you just have to pick what suits you best and can afford. We would all like to have a plane that takes off and lands in a minimum distance, and also carries all the fuel and baggage we will need, and burns little fuel while cruising at the fastest speed possible.

    All that said - There are lots of 80 mph cubs and Avid-Foxes flying in Alaska. I put 48 gallons of tanks in my Fox wings for those long flights, but dont need them much in the lower 48, unless I go back North across Canada.

    Your plane will possibly get into places, and out of them, that faster planes may not do as well. I know that you want to make the long trip as quickly as possible, but a fast plane, like an RV is not a back-country plane, IMO.

    The KF 4 or later, with the 912, or maybe an Avid with the newer (or Kitfox) wing, with extra tanks, may be your best compromise for the money. The Airdales have lots more baggage space.

    Good Luck in your searches.
    Give us the results when you are done.
    Good Flying,
    ED in MO
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  4. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic I need a faster experimental back country airplane   

    Herman - I believe you posted a similar question on BCP.org. I replied to you there, but will repeat it here for this audience.


    Here's what I can tell you first hand.

    My 80hp Model IV Kitfox will cruise happily at 105-110 mph [i can see 120 if running flat out in smooth air]. 120+ would be very easy [cruise] with 100hp. My plane will keep up with the Rans S7 with 100hp and easily pass up the Highlander with 100hp that are owned and operated by friends in my EAA chapter.

    Having flown both of these other planes I can say that my plane handles much lighter and quicker that either of the other two. I'd compare it to driving a Porsche versus a Buick. This is purely a function of push-pull tubes for control rather than cables, the flapperons being positioned in the high pressure area under and behind the wing and an excellent Riblett airfoil design. The model IV Kitfox was the first to use the current wing that is still being used by Kitfox on their current Super Sports.

    STOL performance wise, I will take my Kitfox anywhere that these other two will go.
    [it is obvious in the hands of an experienced pilot the Highlander should out perform the Kitfox. But IMO, that advantage is splitting hairs. Who really needs to land in 250' rather than 350'.]

    As to production numbers, I will counter that there are more Kitfoxes flying than S7s and Highlanders combined.


    My Airplane:
    Kitfox Model IV-1050 (early model IV)
    80hp Rotax 912UL
    ~3gph fuel burn
    72" Warp 3-blade taper tip, nickel inlay
    650# empty weight
    21x800x6 tires
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  5. 6320012s added a post in a topic IT WORKED!!!!   

    Leni,
    Do you have a paypal account? Post it and we can throw some $$ your way.
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  6. dholly added a post in a topic Forum Problem News   

    Anyone wanting to help Leni with the operating and maintenance expense of this commercial-free forum may send a check to the address listed in the Contributing Membership Thread.
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  7. herman pahls added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    I need a faster experimental back country airplane
    My Model 1 Kitfox with a 582 and 27" ATV tires cruises at 80 mph at 5 gallon/hour.
    How fast do the Model 4-7 Kitfoxes with 80 or 100 hp 912's cruise with 26 or 29" Airstreaks and at what fuel burn?
    I would prefer a Highlander due to the open and larger baggage compartment but am concerned about slower cruise speed due to under cambered wing like my model 1 has.
    The newer model 5-7 Kitfoxes seem to be quite heavy in comparison to Highlanders.
    How much slower and shorter due the Highlanders land than the newer Kitfoxes.
    I would like to buy a flying airplane but not many Highlanders for sale and if you find one they are $60K.
    I will appreciate your advice.
    Thanks Herman
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  8. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Wanted wing rib   

    Ed, the model V (which is the same as the IV, VI, VII and Super-Sport) is NOT just a flat bottomed 1-3 rib.

    That's what the Avid "Speedwing" airfoil is and it is a terrible performer.
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  9. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Forum Problem News   

    Ditto on that Leni.

    (Among all of your other projects) What is the status of the donation situation.
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  10. Av8r_Sed added a post in a topic Engine Mounts   

    They look identical to the ones I replaced last year on my Kitfox III . Those were Lord PD-30 diamond mounts. I got them from Wag/Aero Leading Edge Airfoils. Also available from Lockwood Aviaiton and probably a number of other vendors.

    Description: Lord Plate Mount, Diamond - H6140 , price was $11.50 ea

    -- The other Paul S
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  11. wypaul added a post in a topic Engine Mounts   


    Here is a place to look, hope it helps.

    http://www.ultralightnews.ca/enginemounts_uslk/

    Paul
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  12. Orphan added a post in a topic Engine Mounts   

    I have the same problem, I am installing a new 670 and my mounts are bad. Been looking at Aircraft Spruce but there are so many that I cannot figure out which will fit, beside the price is sky high. I will be following this thread and hope someone else has the answers and location for replacements.
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  13. EDMO added a post in a topic Roughin' it!   

    ah - life is good in the country - I remember it well! Now, I couldnt ride my lawn tractor 2 blocks to get the mower blades sharpened without getting a $100 ticket here in the city!
    LG,
    ED in MO
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  14. lv2plyguitar added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Engine Mounts
    Does anyone know where I can get the engine mount rubber isolators for the AVID. The ones I have say "LORD" on them with the number 70 and the number 11 91.

    Thanks

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  15. EDMO added a post in a topic Forum Problem News   

    Leni,
    Anytime you want to ask for donations for a "repair fund", just let me know and I will donate - I'm sure that your Mrs will keep it seperate from the "Beer fund"!
    ED in MO
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  16. EDMO added a post in a topic Wanted wing rib   

    Tim,
    I cant promise I can find it, but I have a full-size drawing of a KF5 rib - If you are just wanting a pattern, I would copy it for you. I have an old KF2 rib, and about the only difference is that the KF5 is straight on the bottom. If I cant find the KF5, then can make a drawing for you off of the KF2.
    There is also the Harry Riblett drawing of a more modern rib in the file that Doug posted - It has all the dimensions or you could have it enlarged to proper size.
    ED in MO
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  17. horsepower added a post in a topic IT WORKED!!!!   

    I agree,post a address and I'll send you a check,I think you posted it once but I cant remember what post it was on.If we sent in around 15 to 20 bucks would that help or do you need more?No sense in you flipping the whole bill when we are the ones that need all the info.Randy
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  18. Russ. added a post in a topic IT WORKED!!!!   



    Leni, when are you going to let us help with the payments???:
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  19. lv2plyguitar added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Puller Plate 876080 Mag Puller 876065
    Do any of you Alaska buds have puller plate 876080 and Mag Puller 876065 that I can borrow this Sunday.

    Thanks

    Avid Heavy Still on the Ground
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  20. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax 582 Grey Head Rebuild   


    There are 11 different ones that make up the entire manual. You have to download them all...

    I agree on the right coolant...
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  21. lv2plyguitar added a post in a topic Rotax 582 Grey Head Rebuild   

    The fellow at airscrew performance came unglued when I told him I needed it machined for the ceramic seal. He said it is completely unnecessary if I use the right coolant.

    The manual you have posted for download is only 15 pages. I will try it again and see if I am doing something wrong.

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing the dvd and manual.

    Thanks
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  22. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax 582 Grey Head Rebuild   



    I forgot I had scanned it and posted the repair manual here. I will still drop the DVD's into the mail for you today.

    The upgrade to the "blue head" is sending the case off to have it machined for the ceramic seal on the water pump. They also have a little bit different cooling circuit but I am not convinced that it is really needed.

    The issues with the original water pump come down to the coolant used and the water you use. If you use silica free anitfreeze ( Dexcool or any of the "extended life") and distilled water. It turned out that minerals in the water and the coolant were causing the rubber seals to wear a groove in the RV shaft and letting the water leak by. I would not be too worried about it until the next rebuild unless you just want to blow money up front on it and have the plane down even longer until you get the case halves back from machining.


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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic Forum Problem News   

    Doug, we should be good to go. The service provider says its all cleaned up now.


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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic Roughin' it!   

    sweet golf cart. Extended family owns one of the local courses so last year me and the boys went out there for 18 holes... After the front 9 it turned into jackass the movie complete with 3 rolled carts. That is my kind of golf!


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  25. akflyer added a post in a topic IT WORKED!!!!   

    Sorry it took so long guys, but it seems that money does not motivate the service provider or the software people to work very quickly.. But we are cleaned up and working now


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