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  1. m60vet added a post in a topic Performace   

    Ok, I will check the flaps but it may be a day or two, the wind blowing here and the plane is 20 miles away so will get back when I check this out. Will read the book on setting the flaps. Yes, I would like to be able to fly that slow, would help on soft landings and take offs. I need all the info that I can get. Thanks
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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic Performace   

    If you dont have a pronounced pitch down when you pull on the flaps, something is not right. You should have 15 degrees of flap when you pull them on. Set reflex to maybe -2 degrees. I know you can go as much as -6 but when you do the stick gets heavy in cruise and I just dont like the feel. -2 is about right (imagine that the designer actually knew what he was doing ).

    Wagonmasters plane is the same as yours. 582, same approximate weight, same speed wing, same extension. The difference is I can fly his all day at 40-42. Stall power on with flaps comes real gentle at about 38-39 with no major wing drop. It is a real joy to fly and very sporty feeling.

    I am leaning towards the forward CG and perhaps the flaps not dropping down far enough.

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  3. akflyerbob added a topic in Jokes   

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  4. m60vet added a post in a topic Performace   

    I agree, that is why I got an AVID, it was suppost to be a short take off landing fun slow plane. I am glad that I have an instructor that is experienced but this also gets him. Everything that he has been reading, it doesn't do. Know that those guys put lots of time in theirs in that enviroment should know about the stol and all. It is my dream to some day fly to Alaska, been there several times, would be the ultimate trip. But I have got to get this problem figured out. It may be the flap adjustment isn't just right or something, gone over the books time and time again to no advail. It is very responsive and on the ground, is kind of short coupled but is built to fly.
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  5. saskavid added a post in a topic Go Kart to Matco Brakes   

    That you are starting with fresh disks and pads, don't forget you will have to burn in or condition everything so as to transfer some organic resins from the pads to the discs for best performance.Basically just ride the brakes with 3/4 power or so slow taxiing for a given distance (look at the matco site for full particulars)to warm everything up. let cool down and should be good to go...provided you dont end up with a pesky air bubble slowly rolling out of the caliper just after you figured it was all clear.(been there)I'd also check toe in/out and do a bit of taxiing to see how everything behaves relative to what you were previously used to.

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  6. horsepower added a post in a topic Performace   

    Wow, Those numbers seem extremly high, I dont have an Avid but from what I have read the stall speeds should be in the 30,s and approach speeds more like 50. You might ask Joey or Leni what there speeds are at.Im not sure but the top speed is not too much over 80 to 90 MPH, so coming in on final at 80 sure seems like alot.I would definately get it figured out before trying to slow up too much on landing.The guys on this forum have lots of experience with these type of aircraft so there is a lot of trial and error knowlege out there so you are on the right track. Good Luck Randy
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  7. m60vet added a post in a topic Performace   

    I have checked the speeds with GPS and it is right on. No there is no big difference or any difference in all when you go flaps down. There is a bolt that keeps you from putting the flaperions all the way down that is on the seat. I have removed the bolt and the flaps really go down but how much is too much? This bolt is screwed in all the way so to shorten it, it would need replaced if that is what it is. Stall speed power off is apx 60 mph and about the same when stall in a climb. I approach at apx 80 with 4000 rpm and when I noses up, back to 2000 rpm which is idle with the 582 Rotax.
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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic Performace   

    move your CG back... like to 15 or 16" by putting divers weights on the tail wheel. It will really make a difference in the slow speed flying. I can fly my buddies all day long at 42 MPH indicated and backed up by the GPS on various courses. Have you tried to disconnect the static port on the ASI to make sure it is not getting a bum static and showing speeds way off? my normal approach is to maintain speed with elevator and vary descent rate with power if I want to drag it in short. I have seen Mark get off the snow in under 150' and sometimes closer to 100'.

    What is your stall speed power on and off. I cant fathom not noticing a huge difference with the flaperons, you should have a pronounced pitch down and need to really haul back on the stick to keep the nose up. On wagonmasters, it makes a real big differnece in trems of getting in and out to use the flaps!

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  9. m60vet added a post in a topic Performace   

    Total empty is 530 and the cg is +12.05. Orginally, the plane with the speedwings was to be a aerobat. All this should have made it more like a heavy hauler but doesn't seem like the wing extension did anything but increase DRAG. Doesn't seem to make any difference if the flaperions are down or not.
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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Go Kart to Matco Brakes   

    wont be much of a learning curve! and you will wonder how you ever did it with the old brakes on it!

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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Performace   

    What is your empty weight? what is your CG? both these are the biggest things in performance. I can fly my buddies extended speed wing just as slow as my HH and get in and out just as short. Incaft I think I can get out in his quicker than I can on mine!

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  12. m60vet added a post in a topic Performace   

    Ok, Have 582, wingspan is 30 ft, were speedwing but added the factory option of the 35 1/2 inch extension to each wing. New Power fin three blade prop, set pitch to .025 as per Power Fin, has apx 45 hrs on it now but has alwas been like this, just don't get the slow speed performace that I wanted, wanted short take off and landings but don't get them. Total weight is 1034 so isn't weight. Thought that this might be an ongoing thing with all of them.
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  13. Russ. added a post in a topic Performace   

    What engine do you have? What wings do you have? Too many unknown facts to help you. We need more info. Russ.
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  14. racegunz added a post in a topic Rotax question from a newbie   

    No prob. called tiny tach today, the tech had no explaination he just said it's weird that it would be correct at the 90deg setting and if it starts acting up send it back for a replacement.
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  15. m60vet added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    I have a Mark IV, it doesn't preform anywhere like the factory spec's say that it will. Can't tell that the flaperions are down in landing, coming in at 80mph,4000rpm and upon landing cutting power to 2000rpm, idle. Take off is apx 70 and stol is 60. Is this normal?? What happened to 40 or is it my plane?
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  16. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Rotax question from a newbie   

    Got ya.... Didn't mean to sound snooty was just curious
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  17. racegunz added a post in a topic Rotax question from a newbie   

    Actually the update rate is .5 sec and I am comparing it to the needle tach that I left in for now. Also I would call erratic an up and down reading not trending in a coherent fashion, i.e. swinging 100's of rpm's bothways THAT would be erratic.
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  18. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Rotax question from a newbie   

    How are you justifying good vs bad readings when you have nothing to compare it to? The tiny tach only updates every few seconds so unless you've been at one power setting for a few seconds it is going to be erratic until it catches up.
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  19. racegunz added a post in a topic Rotax question from a newbie   

    The new model Tiny tach can be set up for different engines so only one model. The rotax 503 is supposed to fire every 180 deg so you would set the tiny tach to that, mine seems to be correct at the 90 deg setting. I flew today and the tach was consistant and about a grand lower reading than the original, still was reving a little high on climb-out but not erratic. I grounded it right where the stater ground wire is (big lug and copper ground wire) and I got the best reading with three wraps of the red wire on one plug wire. I had my eyes glued to the cht's/egt's and all seemed normal.
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  20. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Rotax question from a newbie   

    Not sure what you mean by 90 degrees. I only have my red wire wrapped around one plug wire per the instructions and it works fine. Just don't cut off the access wire. What did you use for a ground? On my airplane best climb is 6400 static and cruise is 6200 static. When I'm turning 6500 rpm on my tiny tach my needle tach is pegged at 8 grand! It's totally worthless. They are pretty helpful at Tiny Tach.
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  21. racegunz added a post in a topic Rotax question from a newbie   

    Okay I installed the tiny tach yesterday and re-pitched my powerfin prop to 11.5 deg. (pretty close to what I had before) I wired the tiny tach like the tech suggested and it read with the original up to about 4k then it started bouncing around,(just like the original) I then re-wrapped it in a different area with less turns and it read too fast? I had it set on 180 deg. which is what I thought was correct. I then wrapped only one plug wire (tiny tach suggested both from one mag) and made sure it was well clear of other wires, set it to 90 deg. and it is now smooth as silk and stays with the original tach until the original freaks out at about 5500. If the new tch is correct and I think it is I was way over pitched. With a static run of 58-59k on the tiny tach I was over 7500 on the original and it was bouncing around as ususal the tiny tach was steady. The only question is why did I have to put it on 90 deg.? a call to tiny tach is in order.
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  22. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Go Kart to Matco Brakes   

    Well I committed to this project today and yanked my rudder bars and the old mechanical brake cables. I sanded them down today in preparation to weld on the tabs for the master cylinders to attach. I'm going home to Idaho at the end of the week and I'm taking them with me so I can get some help from my Dad. He's a welder/fabricator by trade. I should have them ready to bolt back in and plumb after I get back from vacation. All that will be left then is to finish fairing the gear legs and get them painted and put on the plane. Can't wait to learn to land it again.
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  23. C5Engineer added a topic in Hangar Talk   

    What was he thinking?
    All the guys in my Hangar are gone on a trip to the Baja of Mexico right now. Occasionally the guy under the lift I'm on parks his car there when he's gone on an overnight trip. He leaves the keys in it so I can move it to lower down my plane. When I showed up to fly yesterday this was sitting under my plane.

    Turbocharged Mazda RX-7

    I wanted to go fly so I checked and the keys were in it. What were they thinking leaving a car like that in a place where a guy in his 20's would have to get in it and move it..hahahaha. Pretty cool little car..... Okay I know what your thinking... I just backed it out and parked it so I could go fly because I didn't even know who's car it was. It must have been a friend of one of the guys who went to Mexico. It was pretty tempting to go do some drifting on the ramp with it though
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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic Airdale Tail Ski Test   

    Planning on leaving here about 9:30 or 10 in the morning so I should be there around 11:30 or 12:00.

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  25. SuberAvid added a post in a topic Airdale Tail Ski Test   

    Hi Leni,

    I won't be able to do the overnight but I am trying to clear up some commitments so I can get out there on Sat. When do you think you will arrive out there?

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