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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. BryceKat added a post in a topic Airdale Wide Gear   


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


    1/2 inch
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    Man this is brutal. They hit hard.


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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Needle Tach For Sale!   

    The grey wire is the tach lead, the others should be power (mine had a back light in it). Just tape up or heat shrink the end of the wires and tie them out fo the way.


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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   



    I guess its time for a confession.. Years ago I was in the habit of shutting the fuel selector switch off so when fueling I would not get any tranfer from wing to wing as the ground was not level at the pumps. I was in a hurry to get out to my hunting grounds and after fueling I did not do my GUMPS checklist as I jumped in, fired it up and taxied out to the runway. Thankfully, I was at ENA and it was a long taxi to the end of the runway and I was behind 2 commuter aircraft so I had a bit of a wait. The header tank in the PA12 gave me just enough fuel to get to the runway before she quit. Had I done a normal intersection departure that day instead of going all the way to the far end of the runway, I would have been about 50 to 100' in the air when she quit. I am sure I am not the first person to do this...

    We have had a hell of a bad year up here with Mid-Airs (lost a buddy a few days ago) to another one. I know how much fun it is to go low level and yank and bank, I do it damn near every day, but guys, stay on the radio and tell others where you are on the CTAF and dont get in a hurry and forget your very simple checklist before take off / landing. The ass you save will probly be your own!

    <to those on the final journey west. Fair skys n tail winds
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  15. BryceKat added a post in a topic Airdale Wide Gear   

    Hi Leni,
    What's the diameter on the bungees ? Thanks, Bryce
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  16. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   



    It was mentioned in the "Sad News" thread. I did not put up any other information. The n-number was visible in the video on the news story.
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  17. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Needle Tach For Sale!   

    I removed mine last week. Mine only had two wires. I just put some black tape over the ends of the wires. I built an aluminum plate using the tach as a template to cover the hole. The holes in the tiny tach line up perfectly with the holes that hold a 3 1/8" instrument in. I just used the top two bolt holes to bolt the tiny tach onto the panel. I never finished the job because I was waiting for the paint to dry on the cover I made. Unhooking the tach shouldn't do anything to the ignition those wires come off the coil inside the engine.
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  18. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Kitfox Crash   

    Wow that's terrible! The Kitfox Factory Fly-in was in Homedale, Idaho but some of the closest fuel is Caldwell so they were most likely up for the fly-in. I'll be curious to hear what happened. I didn't see this posted on TKF were you holding off Larry?
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  19. Av8r3400 added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Kitfox Crash
    A Kitfox 7 (SS?) crashed on takeoff today in Caldwell, killing both occupants (man and woman). Presumably attending the factory fly-in this weekend.

    The plane was based in California. Per the news story it was N624JS. I won't print the registration information (that we all can get) here. Does anyone know this plane or it's owners?


    My prayers go out to the family(s) of the victims of this accident.
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  20. jackak added a post in a topic New fuel line products   

    Doug,
    Thanks for the information and the offer, I've gone ahead with barb fittings and plastic fuel lines.
    Probably the only way to see if the hose holds up to ethanol is to soak some for a while and see the results.
    Have you been doing much on your Avid+? I'm still working on the wiring and plumbing, when I get a chance. It seems like the distractions in my life get the priority and the Avid gets shoved aside.

    All the best,
    Jack
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  21. dholly added a post in a topic N844RS repair   

    Avifox sounds a hecka lot better than Kitvid.
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  22. dholly added a post in a topic New fuel line products   

    Jack-

    The fittings on my plane are beaded, with the exception of the 1/4" npt x 5/16" hose barbs that go into the wing tank finger strainer outlets and braided line from the header to the shut-off. Fortunately I may have some beaded replacements in my parts bin from another project years ago. I used to get most of that stuff from Jegs and Summit Racing IIRC if you need some.

    In any event, the KF 4-1200 build manual 912 install section I have stipulated 5/16" Mil 6000 from the wing tanks to the header (w/ no valves or filters), then 5/16" aluminum line to the fuel shut-off, then 5/16" aluminum to the gascolator if so equipped (it was a Skystar option), more 5/16" Mil 6000 to the 912 fuel pump, then 1/4" pump to carbs.

    I have no idea if the braided hose liner is gasohol proof, any way to tell? I bought a 25' roll of the Barricade fuel line in case that needs replaced too.
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  23. Russ. added a topic in Avid Flyer General Hangar   

    N844RS repair
    Hi all,
    I have ordered the WIB gear, tail ribs, and trailing edge alum. from Airdale. I have damage to the rt. side carry trough tubes front and rear. They broke off taking the butt rib with them . The rear tube is bent Here are my plans for repairs. I have obtained a Kitfox III cabin from the front door posts, and rear at the side windows up. I have taken all measurements and they all match the Avid MK IV. I am going have it welded onto the Avid where it matches the original cabin top. All thoughts and advice appreciated.
    Russ, N844RS
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  24. BryceKat added a post in a topic Needle Tach For Sale!   

    Joey, did you remove your needle tach Wednesday. I was going to remove mine, but didn't want to mess up anything on the ignition. It looks like there are 2 brown wires and at least one other wire. How much does the tach weigh? I might leave mine in because the face provides a good solid surface to mount the Tiny Tach w/ double sided tape ! Bryce
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  25. jackak added a post in a topic New fuel line products   

    Doug did you find a source for the "beaded" fittings they recommend using for this hose? One of the problems reported in the past was shredding of the rubber hose when you used the "barb" type fittings.

    Jack
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