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  1. 109jb


    I don't know where you are located, but I have a Fat Avid with a 912 in good flying condition. My friend's MKIV with 912 out performs mine considerably and mine is no slouch.

    If you are in the area (Tri Cities, Washington State) I'd be happy to take you for a ride and you could see for yourself before committing to the conversion. My friend with the 912 MKIV would also be happy for you to test drive.

    Thanks.  I'm actually just looking toward the future for my 1050. I have access to a Kitfox IV 1200 that has an 80 hp 912 up front, and have actually flown it a couple times. I know that the performance isn't an issue. It is really a matter of weight gain because with my current useful load I can take 2 guys my size (a little too fat:o), 1/2 fuel, and no baggage, and I wanted to know how much a 912 conversion would eat into that. 

    With that said, from what I have read, there were only a few modifications that were done to the airframe to raise the gross weight to 1200 lbs. I am considering one of 2 routes toward raising my airplane's max gross weight to 1200 lbs legally. If I do it then the weight gain would not be a big issue at all. 

  2. ChrisBolkan


    I don't know where you are located, but I have a Fat Avid with a 912 in good flying condition. My friend's MKIV with 912 out performs mine considerably and mine is no slouch.

    If you are in the area (Tri Cities, Washington State) I'd be happy to take you for a ride and you could see for yourself before committing to the conversion. My friend with the 912 MKIV would also be happy for you to test drive.

  3. 1avidflyer


    I saw a lynx a few years ago on the strip, not many of them around here in Mn.  It would be interesting to see what all would walk by in a day's time if you took a 2000' strip of trees out of the woods and could see whatever goes by.  It's so easy to miss something, if they can cross the strip in 10 or 20 seconds.  One of the things I like about working in the garage is being able to watch the strip for critters.  JImChuk

  4. ChrisBolkan


    I know the difference between turbine and turbocharging, but for some reason I had still the firm belief that turbochargers were not allowed. I was sure I had read years ago that "normally aspirated" was in the requirements and it stuck like glue. But I sure can't find that statement anywhere now!

    This is definitely a case where it feels good to be wrong! :-) (other than the whole losing my mind thing)

  5. tcj


    Seems I must be wrong about turbochargers not being allowed in LSA. I was sure I was right, but when I searched I cannot support my statement. Now I wish I knew where I came to believe that. I sure had it down as fact in my mind.

    My apologies.

    Chris

    Some people see that turbine engines cannot be used in LSA and think it means turbo charged engines.

  6. Buckchop


    I had a Lynx walk right by the edge of my deck on the back of house here about a month ago, it had no worries, took a nice stroll right up driweway alongside of house as i watched, it was on the hunt for some rabbits or one of my four dashounds, so i let it have it!!! :ph34r::flamegun:

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  7. ChrisBolkan


    Seems I must be wrong about turbochargers not being allowed in LSA. I was sure I was right, but when I searched I cannot support my statement. Now I wish I knew where I came to believe that. I sure had it down as fact in my mind.

    My apologies.

    Chris

  8. 1avidflyer


    I have a good view down my airstrip from the window in the back of my garage, which has a wall to wall work bench under it.  So I'm always glancing up to look out the window to see what I may see down the 2000' of airstrip.  Yesterday I had 3 timber wolves come out on it.  Watched they for a good while.  One of them was rolling around on his back in the grass just like a big old dog.  Pretty soon, one went off into the woods, and the two others laid down on the strip and waited there watching the way the first one went.  I suppose they were hoping the one in the woods would kick up a deer and they could head it off when it ran across the field.  No deer showed and eventually the remaining two wolves wandered into the woods as well.  It was kind of neat to watch though.  Ended up flying for the last hour and a half before sunset so all in all it was a nice day!  JImChuk

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  9. Allen Sutphin


    Everybody has a mission for their plane, and needs that plane to do it. If I had a hangar or my own strip, then I'd have a different view of what I want. Experimental aircraft are getting above some GA aircraft, price wise anyhow, So its not all about money anymore. Lets face it, we all need at least 2 aircraft.

  10. akflyer


    The only way that brass gear strips is if its not filled with oil and has air in it.  Almost all 2 strokes don't die, they are murdered.  It is not the fault of the engine that someone put it together with a hodge podge of parts.  Reason 3242332 why I build all my own engines.  

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  11. akflyer


    Scouts are great birds.  Comfortable to sit in, easy to fly and perform pretty damn well.  It all come downs to your mission.  As pointed out above, the cost of maintenance and repairs on certified birds are generally drastically more than we pay on the EAB planes.  Parts cost alone are a major portion of that.  

    My main missions have changed making it prudent for me to get a plane more capable of hauling a load and ranging out a bit further.  The pacer does not have the sex appeal the Scout does, but it does the job I need it to much better and at a very low price point.  A 912 powered fox or Avid is selling for more than a good used pacer.

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  12. Willja67


    Btw I have had some experience with the legal system. Almost 12 years ago I got in a wreck in my bosses pickup. Totally my fault. Problem was that even though i had permission from my boss to use the truck for any work related activities he only had it insured as a private vehicle. Id driven it 90-100 times in the 8 months I worked for him, but as soon as he realized what that was going to do to him he started  lying about it.  Fortunately for me I had called him from the site of the accident and hadn't tried to drive off. He tried to convince the cops to arrest me for stealing his truck. Fortunately for me the cops recognized what was going on and refused, they even tried to give me a heads up without coming out and saying it.  Also fortunately for me, my bosses partner told a way different story than my boss(both recorded and transcribed) so they ended up looking like idiots. That didn't stop a 4 year long legal battle between his insurance company and mine over who should pay for it. Eventually it was sent to arbitration and I think my insurance company won. If you can call it that. I'm sure they didn't recoup the costs of the 4 year legal battle. If things can get that dirty over $10k worth of vehicle repairs I have no doubt they can get even more nasty over a dead husband.  Maybe I would win in the end but I shudder to think of what my financial situation would be afterward.  

  13. Willja67


    Everyone chooses where to take their risks. "I'm not going to stay in bed" I'm going to complete my highly modified kitfox and then hopefully fly the crap out of it,  which i would think qualifies as trying to live life to the fullest. If i choose to stay away from what I consider would risk liability that's my choice. 

  14. Allen Sutphin


    Beautiful aircraft, both of them. Love to have one, just don't want to pay alimony to one. Expensive, even just sitting in the hangar. Think I'll stay with the lower-end priced machines. My old model 2 may not be the fastest, the most comfortable, or the real McCoy bush plane, but I can afford to fly it and maintain it. Maybe a little more attention needs to be paid on landing, but easier to do than writing big checks. And I am an A&P (former IA) so that cuts out a lot of expense when owning a GA machine. A guy today flew in in a 180K Carbon Cub, and the ironic thing is, he wants a Kitfox! I use to think the Super Cub was the perfect aircraft, till I got a good look at a Bearhawk patrol LSA.  30mph stall and 120 cruise speed. But a pain to build and a chunk of cash outlay. (have to go pet the fox now). Gotta love an Avid/Fox!

  15. Av8r3400


    Well you guys have talked me out of it. I don't plan on ever selling it but if I do it'll be in pieces. Just doing too much that increases the liability exponentially.

    There has never been, nor is there legal grounds for a liability suit in selling an experimental aircraft, I have consulted an aviation attorney on this.  Destroying a good airplane out of fear of liability is being ignorant of the facts.

    I can't honestly offer any proof other than "read/ heard about" etc but Ive listened to arguments on both sides about someone's attorney saying the EAA's sellers release of liability is iron clad and others saying their attorney says it's a joke. My personal belief is that it depends on how good your lawyer is and perhaps how many palms get greased.  In this litigious society we live in its hard not to be paranoid. 

    you better just stay in bed for the rest of your life, then. 

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  16. East TN Flyer


    Yes, agreed. The gear stripped after 101 hours. I opened the engine afterward and I could not believe what I found. The engine was sold as a zero time unit but it was just an old piece of junk somebody slapped together and sold it. 1 new and 1 used piston with the rings seized on the old piston and also had a broken ring previously. The piston and the cylinderhead are damaged from that. All the seals are old and hard and carboned. It was nice and clean outside with new base and head gaskets showing and compressions were correct, so I trusted it. I did not want to open it believing it carried a warranty wich would have been be voided if I did open it. So I learnt not to trust anything. That gear though is the weak point of the 582.

  17. 1avidflyer


    My first thought  would be that the person who set up the engine didn't get the cavity around the gear filled with oil, and if that's the case, it's not the engine's fault.  There is a lot more to it then just filling the little bottle on the top.  I always take the hose that goes to the lower fitting on the engine off the bottle, and fill that hose slowly with oil until oil comes up the other hose and starts going into the bottle.  That way the cavity fills from the bottom and air is pushed out the upper fitting.  There is also a bleed screw on 582s to help get the air out, but they don't seem to do much on an inverted engine.   If a person didn't fill the crankcase on a 4 stroke engine and the engine quit, you can't blame the engine.  Kind of same deal here maybe.  It wouldn't be the first time one of those gears has had the teeth ground off.  The design is fine, but understanding it is crucial to it's successful operation.   JImChuk 

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