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  1. zadwit

    I seem to remembver from my FAA inspector days, it is easier to bring the "C" registered plane to the US then do the import CofA and do a conformity check and re-register it with an US "N" number.........other wise a Canadain MOT guy has to to anm export Cof A and it is a pain in the A** for everyone........

  2. zadwit

    in a stall, aerodynamic warning comes in the form of turblent air buffeting the tail... some airplane dont do this. that is they give little or no warning. Thin cambered airfoils are know for this. Believe it or not so is the super cub USA 35B modifield airfoil if the the flaps are up...roll a cum into a 45 degree bank and you are within 1 or 2 degrees of exceeding the critical angle of attack.....flaps down at all wil buffet the tail, the air gap between the fuselage and the flap end cause turblent air and shake the tail but flap up or cubs that are modified to run the flaps all the way intothe fuselage side to get more flap, get little warning....

  3. 1avidflyer

    I wouldn't consider plexiglass at all.  I don't believe you could ever bend it around for the windshield without it breaking.  Unless it's melted in a mold to the right shape.  Then the windshields are 1/8" thick.  Had one for a Kitfox.  Went to install it, lifted one corner up about an inch, and heard a plink sound.  Crack just like that.  That was about $500 went right out the window there.  It came with a partly finished kit I bought, sure am glad I didn't buy it myself, I would have..... I don't know..... not been happy. Others have had similar experiences.  JImChuk

  4. Osprey220

    Hi All,

    Getting ready to replace the windshield and doors - and trying to decide between Lexan vs Acrylic/Plexiglass.  

    I've been reading through the archives here and at TeamKit - and there are good arguments for both.  

    Seems like most posts have been on use of Lexan, but a few mention Lexan's sensitivity to gas, UV, and crazing around bends and so strongly recommend acrylic.   

    The price here is almost the same 4'x8'x1/16th" sheet of Lexan ~$62 and $75 for Plexi - so pretty much a wash there.

    Downsides on acrylic I've read are propensity to crack when drilled or bent, easier to scratch but much easier to buff.

    The plane sits outside with a cover.

    So any suggestions?    Which way should I go?   Do I heat at the forward spar bend?




  5. flywise

    I am really looking forward hearing from you doing your flight testing...

    At last my rebuilt engine is back on the mount..should be ready to start this week :) and thennnn flying with 20 more horses with my Koolprop


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  6. FredStork

    I believe that the overall prop diameter on some propeller models is adjusted by having different shape / size prop hubs, the blades remain the same.....I do not have proof of this though, to be taken with a grain of salt.

    Love mysteries

    I can confirm this is correct, the final diameter depend on the number of blades, i.e. in the hub

  7. FredStork

    My Scimitar SL107 3-blades arrived today. It looks great, can't wait to try it! Very sexy prop!

    It took longer than expected... there is a monetary embargo for Europe on Ukraine so my bank rejected my initial transfer. And as my bank appears to be incompetent they didn't know why the transfer, done on the web, was rejected and pretended I had used an incorrect account number... With Roman we found a solution - and my bank messed up again (did I say there were incompetent?). Well, we got that straighten out and now the prop is here.

    I'll keep you updated on my prop experience but it might take a few days.

  8. 1avidflyer

    Here are a couple of topics on how it's been done  before.  I was looking for the posts showing how I made the long rib tail repair parts in the second link, but didn't find them.  Just to be clear also, the Kitfox ribs are just a little different from the Avid ribs, but not by much.  JImChuk

  9. BryceKat


    As most of us know, this site is great for keeping our Avids flying and just general sport BS'ing. However, on Liz and my trip through France, it broadened my horizons in ways beyond words. I reached out to Fred Stork as one of our trains was to pass close to his home, and we arranged a visit. We spent the afternoon together looking over Fred's Avid and then going flying over the beautiful French countryside. What an experience!  Fred has done an incredible job with his Avid, he has all sorts of custom parts made for his plane. Like his split Windows, they are so neat! The Oratex covering is very light yet strong. I would definitely consider using it when recovering. Fred also has the Simonini 92 hp engine.  It is smooth and very powerful.  I noticed that the engine maintains constant rpm 's when flying in turbulence, my 582 will slow down and speed up in the same conditions. The engine has a much higher compression ratio too. All of the aviation parts where great, but the best part was meeting Fred and his family! Fred welcomed us into his home overnight. It was the best part of our trip. His son, Octave, is following in our footsteps with a fleet of model rc airplanes and helicopters. He performed an exciting air show for me in the kitchen with his helicopter. The boy has skills! Fred's daughters and Liz kept each other entertained with their English/French conversation skills. We topped off the evening with a wonderful  French dining experience out in a beautiful courtyard under some amazing trees! It was a lifetime experienced! Fred educated us on fine wine and foie gra. I think I developed a new habit with the foie gra! That stuff is amazing, and I never would have tried it without Fred's guidance.  What else can I say, words escape me. It was definitely a memorable lifetime event! Fred, thank you so much! Bryce



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