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  1. SuberAvid added a post in a topic Savoring Winter   

    That sounds good!
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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic Savoring Winter   

    OK, so now I am the jealous one. I am stuck up here at work right now I get home Tuesday night, but will only be there for one week this time in. If I get a break, I will call you up and see if we can meet up someplace and go burn some sky!

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  3. SuberAvid added a post in a topic Savoring Winter   

    A few more pics of the trip.

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  4. SuberAvid added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Savoring Winter
    Conditions were perfect again yesterday and I am not sure how much longer I will be able to get off of Wolf Lake on skis so I had to get out. Every ski flight from now on is a gift. I called up my buddy to see if his wife would give him a day pass and we headed out looking for someplace to go. He had spotted a bear den last weekend so we went to check it out; sure enough spotted 2 grizzlies sunning themselves on the south side of the canyon oposite the den. Flew up on top of little Beluga mountain and found a good landing spot. Sittin on top of the world! The one pic from behind my plane is looking out accross Cook Inlet toward the Kenai Mts. I figured Leni must be out doing the same thing. I wanted to check out a stream that runs into Beluga Lake for fishing in the summer so we flew to the lake and landed on the west end below Beluga glacier; absolutely beautiful. Found a fresh set of wolf tracks but no wolf. Took off and flew up the glacier before circling back across the Skwenta valley; Mt McKinnley and Foraker make a great backdrop for some air to air pics. Can't beat days like that!

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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax Avid/KF Mounting   


    1) empty gas tanks
    2) fill with moonshine
    3) wait a couple days, if the tanks are empty and your plane smells like booze, you have the old tanks

    Dont know of any way other than that to tell. I am not sure if Avid / Airdale has records of what tanks went out with what serial number plane

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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Away We Go!   

    Good Luck Mr. Wish I was heading down that way but some of us have to try and keep the oil flowing

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  7. Av8r3400 added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Away We Go!
    We are off tomorrow morning at 5 am.

    9 airplanes: 3-Kitfoxes, 2-Avids, a Rans, a Champ, a C150 and an Aircoupe.

    Two days down, a couple of days there, then two days back. Hope to have pictures to post next week!

    Wish me luck!
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  8. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Rotax Avid/KF Mounting   

    Has anyone ever figured out a way of testing what resin exists in your tanks?
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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax Avid/KF Mounting   

    AS far as I know here in AK we are still not using substances meant for drinking in our gas. They have however, started using various crap to boost the octane rating, and even in a sealed container, if the gas is n=more than a week or two old, it is not up to the full octane rating. I normally just put in enough fuel for my flight and the 45 minute reserve, so each flight I put in fresh gas so I know I have good stuff in there.

    I also have heard that the oil mix in the fuel helps to keep the tanks from getting eaten up. It is also possible that your being a MK IV probably has vinylester resin in the tanks and therefore should not be effected by the moonshine fuel.

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  10. SuberAvid added a post in a topic Rotax Avid/KF Mounting   

    I started out running my rotax (inverted in the Avid) with the injection. Then one day discovered while preflighting that the cable had broken. It must have just happened and it was amazingly fortunate that I happened to notice that because obviously I would have been toast on that flight. Since then I have premixed my fuel for the last few years. The engine doesn't care; once it passes through the carbs itis all the same.

    I do know that the inverted engine pools oil on the spark plugs. I have pulled my plugs after the engine has sat for a week or more and the plugs are pooled in oil. I started out running the standard NGK's and I could tell at between 25 and 50 hours I would get a subtle miss when throttled back in slow cruise. I started running the platinum NGK's EVX and they worked great but I still changed them after 50 hours. The last couple of plug sets I have been using the NGK's EIX Iridium plugs. They are spendy but the seem to fire no matter what and I never detected a miss. I finally changed the original ones out when I had my engine rebuilt 2 years ago and then just put in a new set this winter when I was having trouble starting. It turned out that my starter was the problem and would just not crank the engine over fast enough after it had set for a week or so. It took me a while to determine this (when the starter finaly died) but my plane got a new set of iridium plugs in the meantime. I am always amazed at the way the engine pops off knowing he plugs are sitting in a pool of oil.

    Here is another question for the group. The Avids (and I think the KF's) have a problem with the alcohol fuel disolving the resin in the tanks. I have never detected any deterioration in my tanks based on the only indicator I really know of, and that is looking for strands of fiberglass on the finger strainers in the tank outlet. I pull mine every year at annual to check. I have checked the gas in the past for alcohol and have not been able to detect any appreciable amount, but it has been a couple of years since I have checked it. From what I understand of the gas situation in AK, it all pretty much comes from the same refinery. Do you guys have any knowledge about what gas brands may have or not have alcohol added?

    Another theory that I have heard is that adding the oil to the gas by premixing helps protect the tanks from the alcohol. Any validity to that theory?
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  11. flattie45 added a post in a topic Rotax Avid/KF Mounting   

    Am I correct in assuming that this would be an engine with oil injection? If so, what about one w/o the injection?
    It's just that I have been curious about this for awhile, so I thought I'd ask. It seems that with all the hours on the Avid/Rotax fleet, it must not be that big of a deal.
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  12. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Rotax Avid/KF Mounting   

    Kitfox 2-strokes are mounted upright.

    Some have said to me that head up is better, but I've never heard a compelling reason why...
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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax Avid/KF Mounting   

    Kitfox do have the engines mounted upright. Most seem to like it better. I know with the inverted engine sometimes the plugs will fill with oil if you let is set for too long. I think Dean was trying to make it easier to stuff under the cowling

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  14. flattie45 added a topic in Rotax and other engines   

    Rotax Avid/KF Mounting
    Just a question that I have wondered about for some time: It seems that the two stroke Rotax's are mounted inverted on Avid Flyers. Is it true that they are mounted cylinder head up in Kitfoxes? Does it make a difference? Is inverted better than right side up, or vice versa? Or, maybe KFs are inverted as well (I can't remember where I read that KFs had the cylinder head on top, maybe I made it up?). Not that it matters to me, I am just curious.
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  15. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic So whats up with the fat bastard builders???   

    Doug's been hiding over at the Kitfox forum! What's up with that?!
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  16. Russ. added a post in a topic So whats up with the fat bastard builders???   

    I will be back up North next week, if need be I can do the deed. Not Italian, but 6' 240# German. Russ.
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  17. akflyer added a post in a topic So whats up with the fat bastard builders???   

    Damn Doug, with guys like us around you dont need any enemies

    Russ, he has 3 days to get on the ball or I will need you to PM that address

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  18. Russ. added a post in a topic So whats up with the fat bastard builders???   

    I can help with this, I know Doug,s address.
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  19. akflyer added a post in a topic So whats up with the fat bastard builders???   

    time to bump this one to the top.... you boys are slacking on either the building or the updating! Either way, you are in danger of having a large burly Italian sent to your door to give you an attitude adjustment and help motivate you

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  20. akflyerbob added a post in a topic Avid Catalina   

  21. horsepower added a post in a topic my new power plant   

    That thing will probably hang off the prop like an RC,should be an animal.You gotta keep us updated on this deal.Randy
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  22. akflyer added a post in a topic my new power plant   

    well it is not shiny and new, but will do the trick and is in my garage. Gonna be kinda a booger to get the gear box on, but doable. The crank is a larger taper so I will have to have the gear machined from a 31 to a 33mm taper but no big deal. For 120+ HP (easy to go 150) I can deal with the time it takes to adapt the gear box to it.

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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic What was he thinking?   

    you have more restraint than I do.. I woulda had to take her out and open it up... you know its not good to just start an engine for a sec then shut it down. You must get it up to operating temp so it will cook the water out of it

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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic Performace   

    In Wagonmasters Extended speed wing Mk IV dual, take off is at 45-50 and climb out at 60-65. Cruise is around 90 to 92. I fly approach at 50-55 with touch down around 42-45 full flaps. This is if I want to get it in short. It is nothing to fly approach at 70 then on short final pull flaps, chop the power and damn near instantly you are at 50-55 and coming back in with the power to get the sink rate you want.

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  25. akflyer added a post in a topic Fish Creek Lake Flyin   

    You were not the only one that listened to the forecast and wimped out. There was AKFLYERBOB in his Kit Fox, my brother in his pacer, me in the Avid and two other guys from Anchorage flew in with a PA11 as well as a pretty good size party that rode snow machines in. Was a beautiful day flying up Saturday, but Sunday afternoon a pretty good snow squall hit. We just beat it out of there. As usual, we had a great time at the lodge, spent way too much time in the bar throwing darts and rolling dice. The cabins are real nice to stay in!

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