Jenki Coincidence! I was flying out of fielding which only 10 minutes drive from Palmerston North a few days ago. Milford is a great place,and even better in a kitfox.Christchurch is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake.The rebuild including roads and infrastructure is ongoing,I hope the council doesn't get sidetracked.
The P factor is definatly the noticeable but small difference.A slight variation on initial swing is evident but nothing that should be a problem.I have students that swap between a 582 and 912 without a problem. If your 582 powered machine is light be prepared, as it will be flying before you may be ready.
If your water temps are still low (assuming a good thermostat without too large a vent hole)take the steam vent fitting out of the head.Solder seal it then drill a 1 mm hole through.There is definatly enough circulation here to give a real slow warmup. Hard to believe but true.
I have around 400 hrs of mainly off airport landings ,at and above gross weight on a Highwing gear,many of my landings have been suboptimal.Any gear will break under the right conditions.Lowells gear isn't a true bush gear and could be refined in a few places ,but overall is up to the task intended.I believe at times we are asking well beyond the original design of our aircraft.Any improvements to make our versatile aircraft better can only be a good thing,but there is a finite limit !
I may have the wrong end of the stick here but when installing my Highwing cabane gear the total wheel travel appeared to be in excess of 6inches vertical(no springs and using full travel of the slot) geometry at work?
Looks good ,will there be a travel limit so if in the unlikely event of a stuck switch runaway you can still fly the plane?With the electric window switch,is the load limit built into the switch or is it somehow in the mechanism .This probably isn't an issue with the trim but I have often wondered if they could be used to control an ivo prop.
Update on using the cab mount donuts Dismal failure as I suspected they are too soft,even with a hefty preload they settled too much.I am considering using a sleeve over the entire column.It may be some time before I can revisit this project.
When the Slepchev Storch was released in the early nintys? there was a video of one demonstrating slow flight, what made It even cooler was a person on foot running beside it We have a rotec powered one at a local field which I believe isn't far off flying.