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  1. akflyer added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   



    Mark it yes, the chug was to assure it did not leak it all out between stops When you have a wife who insists you get a shovel head, you done did found yerself a keeper (can you guess which finger I am holding up right now)

    Should not be too tough to find and instructor who will train in your plane, and the TW endorsement is a piece of cake.. well, as long as you have wide gear!

    I hate it when my back goes out.. damn, this getting old stuff SUCKS!


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  2. Trackwelder added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   

  3. Trackwelder added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   

    I have a shovelhead, it is supposed to mark its territory. But it was actually my wife who finally made me get the shovelhead, then I bought a wrecked Fatboy and totally rebuilt it, then I turned my Wideglide into a hardtail chopper nothing left but paint and reassembly, with my back in such terrible shape I can only make short rides, 25 or 30 miles Just enough to make the Airport My Fatboy has seen LA a dozen times, riding it out to work before my back went, now I am finishing my Avid with almost all mark IV modifications except the entire width I wouldn't gve up flying even if I had to take an instructor up every time, but now I finally don't have too. Just need to find an instructor who will train me in my Avid and pick up tailwheel the end is in sight.



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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic hello   


    That is pretty damn impressive that a few strips of tape would make that much difference! I know that on my lage scale RC models, it takes about 1/3 the aileron movement to get the roll rate I want when I seal the hinge lines. It would be intersting to see which of the two did the most good for you, sealing the hinge line, or making the trailing edge thicker
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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   



    OK, the bike pics is makng ole Lenio a wee bit on the jealous side... ahhh the good ole days before wifes and kids.. You can bet that when the dust settles here and I lick my wounds that I will be joining you fellers on the open road!



    oh yeah, Nice bikes guys! < may you never leak out all the oil between pit stops!
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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Helmet cameras   



    I will second the Gopro! I have one and love it, however... It does have its draw backs. As with any CMOS camera, it does not like shooting through the prop arc. You get nice squigly lines in the shot. I have mounted mine on the wing strut and the float spreader bar to get away from the prop disc. I got some great video snowmachining and boating with it as well. I have not put the boating vids up on you tube yet, but I should get some time to edit and post them up here pretty quick so you can see the quality of the vids.

    The one major draw back to the gopro, is not having a screen on board to be able to view your pics or vids. You have to plug into a computer to watch them. Not that big of a deal as long as you get a big enough video card and just let it run the whole trip. Spring for the good 32 gig card, and make sure it is high speed or it wont capture right and you will have dropped frames.




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  7. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   

    1st off-- Congrats on the SOLO!!







    Nothing better!


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  8. Trackwelder added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   

    That is why I am selling the Twin Cam and not the Shovelhead


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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   



    Holy shit! Look who is still alive and kicking!!!

    Welcome back Steve.. You know how boring it is when one of the original mis-fits who loves to stir the pot does not come around


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  10. 84KF added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   

    Aw man, don't sell the bike.... You'll know it's been a good day when you ride the bike to the airport, go fly your plane , and ride home.

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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic 582 VS 912S   



    I am willing to bet that my fuel burn will be less with the 800 than what I am getting now with the 582. I know that riding side by side with my 06 600 crossfire and a buddies 08 800 he out did me pretty good between tanks. More than once, I had to use my extra 2.5 gallons as well as his to get back to the parking lot. I am hoping to get this on a test stand and ran with the gear box and prop while I am off next hitch. 3 weeks should be plenty of time for me to get it on the stand if all goes according to plan <yeah, like that has worked out so far for me...

    Last week was the first time in a year that I had flown my plane on wheels.... Man, that lit the fire under me to get on this 800 conversion. I want the performance I have on wheels, when I am on floats! I forgot what 1200+ FPM climb was like


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  12. horsepower added a post in a topic 582 VS 912S   

    That 800 will eat up a 912,might even be fuel fairly efficient with the fuel injection.I always like to see new combinations,if somebody doesnt try it then it never gets done.Randy
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  13. Trackwelder added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   

    I found out after putting the plane away, that although my instructor has close to 32,000 hours in GA airplanes, he had never flown an ercoupe before, the second instructor had flown this coupe back from california and spent some time teaching his son, my instructor couldn't believe that the x-wind technique in an Ercoupe is to land in a crab and let the plane straighten itself out. I will never own an ercoupe of my own but when you are a big guy and the next closest instructor is 250 miles away you go to the only place that is practical, I only have to drive 170 miles for this one. The sense of freedom when the wheels leave the ground fo the first time with no one else with you I am hooked. I am going to put my Twin Cam Harley up for sale and try and decide wich engine to repower with. I had put finishing my Avid on hold until I knew I would finish with a certificate, now I know.


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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic 582 VS 912S   



    While I dont have an performance numbers for you, I would say that if you have the ability to put the 912 in the nose, do so and you will not be dissapointed! I would love to have one in mine, but I just cant justify the $$ for it right now... Perhaps once the big "D" is finalized and I know how long I will be in the poor house I can start planning for a future upgrade, but for now, I am happy with my 582 on wheels, but I really do want more power for floats next spring! The adapter plate should be machined and ready for me next time home so I can get back to work on the 800 conversion... Fuel injected 125-140 HP at the same weight as the 582 should be a hoot!


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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Finally Soloed   



    Congrats on the solo!!! I have found more than once that switching instructors can really help you out. Several times I have knows guys that hit a rutt and just could not seem to get over the wall, but a different instructor was able to point out a few things the previous instructor had not shown them and they moved on quickly.


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  16. Trackwelder added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Finally Soloed
    My instructor who will also be my DPE decided that I needed to get in some time with another instructor with the ercoupe because he didn't feel I was ready to solo yet, 2 landings with the owner with a 5 mph x-wind and he asked for my log book and told me to get up and do at least three takeoffs and landings, by my third take off he was gone in the jet on a charter all 3 were right on the numbers and if not perfect greasers were real close. Hopefully I can move faster on the rest of it so I can get back to completeing my Avid.
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  17. efil 01 added a post in a topic hello   

    yes it is my own design, this project is kind of pionnier feeling, i made the drawing and technical choices aprouved by an old engineer who make aircrafts since the fourties.
    I made tests flights, and have a little story to tell about that and how sometimes things can be simple to resolve :
    the plane was very pleasant in the air but the ailerons were very heavy to handle, at the point that rolling more than 30° was scaring and i was wondering if i would be able to recover. One day with hot tubulence, i realy frightened and get to a safe landing after several tries...

    I was thinking about the control linkage to re-make totaly, but before entering in hard rebuild i phoned to the engineer: He told me "Me 109 protoype had same prob. It was because trailing edge was way to slim, and air couldn't separate creating a sort of glue so they add metal edge all long the trailing edge" hum hum so i tried something : I've put window tape on the under side of trailing edge of aileron to make it thicker and closed the gap between aileron and wing with an other tape... and go for the test:
    incredible the effect 2 pieces of tape could change aerodynamics, now aileron are very reactive and i can roll holding the stick with 2 fingers.

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  18. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Helmet cameras   


    Go Pro HD Hero....Super impressive

    http://www.goprocamera.com/
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  19. Bandit added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Helmet cameras
    What is the best helmet camera for taking inflight video's?
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  20. tileroofer added a post in a topic this old plane   

  21. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Matco TW went flight   

    Good to know... I have now added a patch kit to my tool bag...that would have sucked if had happened in the middle of my Idaho trip on some remote strip.
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  22. akflyer added a post in a topic Matco TW went flight   


    Having it go flat in flight does not make it a bear on landing. I have had it happen before a couple times and it was a total non-event. The only way I really knew it was flat was the extra bumping on the pavement as I taxied back in to the tie down.


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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic hello   


    The lil bipe looks intersting! Is that your design? I have been toying with an idea of scaling up a model airplane that has been around forever and making it a true 4 place aircraft. If the real one would fly half as good as the model does, it would be one hell of a performer!


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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic this old plane   



    Not a dumb question...

    You can use a hypodermic needle filled with poly tack and stick the fabric back down. You can also get an oven bag and lay it out of the rib, then get out the Iron and go over the fabric. You may want to get what they call a hot mitt used for model aircraft covering. You can iron the fabric back down, then rub over the area with the hot mit. Do not pull the Oven bag off the fabric till it cools.

    You can also put some acetone on a cloth and remove all the paint down to bare fabric in the areas you need to fix, then use thinned poly tak and go over the cap strip area and push the glue back in. Using heavy Nitrile gloves, you can work over the area with your fingers and really get the fabric back down good! What is the wing painted with" If it is poly tone the acetone will take it right off. If it is areothane, you have more issues and it is a pain in the ass to fix properly. I knew that with my style of flying, I will be out in the brush and getting holes poked in the covering on a regular basis, so I went with Poly tone becuase filed repairs are so easy to do with it!






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  25. C5Engineer added a post in a topic this old plane   

    Larry hit the nail on the head with the word bandaid. I went through this same dilemma two years ago. I finally ended up spending nearly 4K and 5 mos to have a fabric guru teach me how to recover my wings. The fabric was one issue but seeing a few things once the wings were uncovered was a totally another issue. We spent a month just fixing stuff the original builder could of done better before we even started recovering. The piece of mind especially for the way I fly my bird was priceless to know it was done right. Here's a video I did when I first acquired my bird and was asking a lot of the same questions you are right now.


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