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  1. horsepower added a post in a topic Idaho roadtrip   

    Nice pics Joey,Its a good thing Im not flying that RC Helicopter or it would end up as fish food. Is that lookout Horseshoe Lake Lookout and that small town in the background is that Pierce?Havent been back in that country for years.My Uncle used to work at the Potlatch JP mill when it was still there.Sorry you had to visit under the circumstances but its always nice to go home. Randy
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  2. C5Engineer added a post in a topic G loading for MkIV Flyer   

    Huh? Your getting way to serious about these little airplanes. I are pilot

    Here ya go

    Horsepower: 300 Gross Weight: 3300 lbs
    Top Speed: 153 kts Empty Weight: 1560 lbs

    A 185 should clear up any gross weight concerns you might have.
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  3. C5Engineer added a topic in Hangar Talk   

    Idaho roadtrip
    Well since Leni said he likes seeing pics of all types of adventures I thought I would post this up. I just made a whirlwind trip to Idaho to attend a funeral. It was a bad reason to go but it was nice to see a ton of family I had not seen in a while. We also spent a whole day on the quads and made a nice drive down to the River. I also flew my Align 450 Pro RC heli in a few cool places. Enjoy the pics.

    This is a lookout tower still in use. It's 100ft tall and sits on the highest peak around. It's manned all summer to look for smoke from fires started by lightning. Pretty cool job if you ask me.

    The old house I grew up in till I was about 12.

    Town from the distance...population 400

    My Mom and I rooting over an old couch we found at one of my old partying spots

    My baby Sis and I with the parents at the funeral.

    Screwing off in the River...they had a late runoff that water was chilly!

    Always gotta do the bridge while home. To get to this river it's 45 miles on a Gravel road. It's so beautiful down there and very little people.

    The quality of this video kinda sucks but it sort of gives you an idea of how fast these little electric helis can move when you really open them up. My sis needs to learn how to film with a digi cam

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  4. DBVZ added a post in a topic G loading for MkIV Flyer   

    Help me understand the G-loading question. In looking for load ratings for the different wings used on the Mk IV, I think I have this right:

    Gross Weight G-load Wing Span

    Speedwing: 1050 +6/-3 23' 11.5"

    Heavy Hauler: 1150 +4.4/-2.2 29' 10.5"

    My question is, if the Speedwing is +6/-3 at 1050, how does that change with increased weight? My simple calculation is 6 X 1050 = 6300 pounds loading. 6300/4.4 = 1432. So why not set the max gross at 1432? Or set it at 1320, and have a G-load of 4.77? If someone can direct me to authoritative load ratings for the other wings, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Flying with a "Glass Panel" only?   

    About the only time I am looking at my instruments is when I am letting the kid fly and teaching him to hold altitude in turns. Other than that, I dont look at them much as I am low enough that I really dont want to take my eyes off the ground a few feet below me.

    That being said, I did fly into a lil fog bank a couple weeks ago that gave me some flashbacks to about 15 yrs ago. I dropped down 200' and I was flying clear again. Did give me a little pucker factor though as I was crossing open water with an engine I only had 3 hrs on since I resealed it and I was on wheels. I like to stay high over that cold water and did not like giving up that 200'. When I lost visibility, I just kept an eye on the GPS for heading and watched the airspeed and VSI. My whiskey compass does not do me much good when the radio is turned on as it swings about 60 degrees and hold there for the entire flight...

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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Changing the gross weight with the FAA...   

    If you are talking about an Avid or Kitfox, or any other Experimental Ameture built aircraft, the FAA does not have any design info on file. Spend 10 bucks and get the CD from the FAA that will show all info they have on your plane. The ones I know that have done this did not come up with ANY paperwork from the FAA that showed a "gross weight". About the only real thing I know of that you have to re-submit paperwork for is an engine swap (say you are going from Rotax to Subaru). There is no "gross weight" for experimental planes, only a "max take off weight" for LSA.

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  7. DBVZ added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Changing the gross weight with the FAA...
    Is it possible to change the weight when you change the wings, for a non-builder owner? The different wings allow higher weights when building, but how do you do it later as a non-builder owner? And if the builder can set the max gross even higher than the kit MFG suggests for a particular wing, what can a non-builder owner do if he makes a "major modification" and submits the resulting new W/B to the FSDO?
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  8. Russ. added a post in a topic Skyraider Lifts Off   

    Congrats Randy. Great feeling of accomplishment. Wishing you many happy flying hours. Russ. N844RS
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  9. SuberAvid added a post in a topic Flying with a "Glass Panel" only?   

    I agree. Mine is all electronic now except for the compass but flying VFR I don't really "need" my gages. You can fly the plane with feel and hearing and I do that most of the time. I could rarely tell you what my airspeed was on takeoff or landing. I would be wondering why the heck my instruments quit working though.
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  10. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Skyraider Lifts Off   

    Congrats Randy I was in Orofino that day. Sure makes me miss flying up there being there in the truck.
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  11. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Flying with a "Glass Panel" only?   

    If you get hit by lightning in a Kitfox...well then your probably flying IMC too. Both of which you would have to make multiple poor decisions to happen. If it did happen losing your airspeed is probably the least of your worries. Not sure how much time you have in these type of airplanes but you'll find that after a very short time you'll find yourself using your instruments very little compared to a faster, bigger, heavier certified airplane. It's very easy to become one with the airplane in a Kitfox/Avid. I fly by feel and sound most of the time. Unless I was completely IMC I probably would not even end my flight if I lost all my instrumentation. In fact one time I was about 20 minutes into a flight before I realized my airspeed was stuck at zero. In a Cessna part of my takeoff roll was always to state "Airspeed Alive" No time in the Avid. By the time you see it move your airborn. When I went to my ANR headset it really screwed me up for a couple hours till I relearned what the airplane sounded like.

    I certainly would not pass on an airplane because of it. It would be easy to add a steam airspeed altimeter and vvi to the panel as a standby.
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  12. DBVZ added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Flying with a "Glass Panel" only?
    I looked at a plane where the owner replaced most of the steam gauges with an Integra 6624 and Avmap GPS. If those are lost due to a power loss or lightning strike, the only flight instrument is a compass. No air speed, altimeter, VSI, turn and bank, or gyro's - just compass. So what do you think?

    I have always liked having some redundant instruments, and while this is a VFR aircraft if you happen to get into IMC with just a compass it seems like survival gets pretty unlikely. In IFR aircraft you usually have electric, air pressure, and vac powered instruments so no single failure will leave you flying blind.

    With the current state of aviation electronics, that have both panel power and an internal battery, would you fly a VFR aircraft with a glass panel that is not just primary, but is the only source of flight information other than mag heading? The Integra and Avmap provide a nice display of more than enough flight information, as long as they keep working.
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  13. TheDeltaFox added a post in a topic Skyraider Lifts Off   

    Congrats!! That first flight is the most memorable feeling ever!
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  14. horsepower added a post in a topic Skyraider Lifts Off   

    When I look back on it I think your right................
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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic MK IV Radiators   

    Thanks Randy!

    I will see if I can get the local radiator shop to make a set up for me!

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  16. akflyer added a post in a topic Skyraider Lifts Off   

    About the only thing that comes close to feeling of your first flight in a plane that you built, is your first girl... but I still think the flight is more of a rush!

    Congrats on safe first flight Randy!

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  17. Avid67 added a post in a topic Skyraider Lifts Off   

    Congrats Randy..
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  18. SuberAvid added a topic in Avid Model IV   

    MK IV Radiators

    Here are the pics of my radiators in my MK IV. the cores are 3 row, 1.5" thick X6" wide X 7.5" tall. Ranks are .75" X 7.5" on the outside and 1.5" top amd bottom tapered to .75" in the center for the inner tanks. There looks to be plenty of clearance beween the tanks and the redrive so you should not have to use the special tapered tanks.

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  19. SuberAvid added a post in a topic Skyraider Lifts Off   

    Awsome. Way to go Randy!
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  20. horsepower added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Skyraider Lifts Off
    I did about six takeoff and landings today on the Skyraider.Just did some crow hops got it out of ground effect and flew it down the runway.Next weekend I'll take it up into the pattern and get some good numbers on it.Wanted to do it today but the wind came up in a big way,could barely taxi the thing toward the end.Never dreamed a 582 would have this much power,after flyng the old Vagabond this thing feels like a little hotrod.The controls were a little more snappy than I thought they would be but I'll get used to itAbout half of my landings were ok but there was a couple that I dropped in pretty good,the bungee gear evidently works.Will send more pics when our crappy internet works right. Randy

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  21. saskavid added a post in a topic It's back in the air   

    Hey Lenni:

    Regarding the cat motor, something to think about if you are not already doin it.Rather than make a a whole new engine mount to accomodate the cat, it might be possible to use a dyna smoothe 582 that avid created at the last, , just reconfigure the aluminum channels that bolt to the motor and then in turn to the mount.have to really check it out but it might work and save some time...
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  22. akflyer added a post in a topic Largest folding wing plane?   

    Pretty damn cool... and done 83 yrs ago. There is alot to be said for the guys that designed planes with a pencil and slide rule instead of computers! It is hard to re-invent the wheel, but it can be improved upon!

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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic Cup of tea   

    So when did she bring you that cup of tea? I am thinking it was your daughter in law that said she could only get it out of the toilet

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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic It's back in the air   

    Hey Larry,

    Nope, not shelved, in fact it is on the bench, but it is going to require alot more time to get the exhaust etc, done. Dropping in another 582 was a quick was to get me back in the air.

    Another wierd issue. Last winter I put a MK IV cowling on my plane. I had an issue with cooling so I cut the big lip off the bottom as it seemed to be deflecting the air over the belly mount radiator. It was overheating during the break in period on the ground so I said the hell with it I will take a turn around the pattern. She still got alot warmer than I wanted it to. I sent the kid home to grab my original "C" model cowling and all over heating issues went away I am going to have to play with some baffling to see if I can get good airflow over the belly radiator, or break down and buy another set of in cowl radiators for the MK IV cowling.

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  25. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic It's back in the air   

    Glad to see you up again.

    Did you shelf the AC motor?
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