Dear friends, last week we had the biggest aviation exhibition in Europe (for general aviation) AERO Expo 2018 Friedrichshafen. Sort of celebration for me and my friends, we are traveling nearly 1000 kilometers by car to visit this event. This year sort of mixture appeared here as you can see. Maybe not really rational, but ... Look at it. It is Bristell (my current aircraft type) but on the real Beringer Alaskan landing gear. I don't know, how it will work, but definitely I will ask to try it.
Hi, your roads are not so bad, just serpentine I was just driving from Palmerstone North to Auckland few days back. Then Auckland to Queenstown by A320 and today finally trip with Cessna Caravan to see Milford Sound and beautiful country around.
Well, good information for me. I need to gather such information as here are no gush gears as common solution. Only real bush plane here is Slepcev STORCH I wrote about, but landing gear is more complicated due to historical replica matters. Btw. I didn't find any info about mentioned Fitt gear on the web ... can somebody give me a direction? I need to collect data step by step, and hope that my day is coming closer
Sorry, my English is not so good, what does mean "flack" in this sentence:the springs catch a lot of flack around these parts! ? Do you mean some sort of dirt? I am asking because my "retirement dream" is shoulder wing plane with real bush landing gear, so any experience I can learn is good for me.
Hi Nick, what about this gear? http://www.avidfoxflyers.com/index.php?/topic/3394-high-country-wide-gear/ It looks like nice solution - if still available. Regarding Grove type of gear, just word of mouth, but cabane type of gear is more recommended for these light planes due to better distribution of forces to airframe.
Yesterday I had rare opportunity to fly this year since weather here is simply not good, rainy, low clouds, windy and usually in combination all of these elelments. But yesterday ... nice and clean, though everything covered by snow (my 40 feet wide runway as well). I stayed in the air till dusk.
Well, some clarifications @ TJay yes, brakes handle is between the seats (red one), due to tricycle landing gear and steerable front wheel it is enough "ergonomic" solution. Turning diameter is really small. And yeas again, shiny fabric on the wings is due to paintwork more close to car painting job. I was long time satisfied but as plane was older, some crackings in paintwork appeared. @ wypaul, oil tank is on the front of FW on left side (pilot view), just a little deep position then usually, oil cooler as well on the left side with flap controlled intake. There is "header tank" 1.5 gal behind the seats, excellent solution. Mountains are Nizke Tatry (local language) means Low Tatras (max.6702 feet) and we have High Tatras as well (max 8720 feet) here, just about 20 kilometers / 12 miles north. Mountains are not very friendly to pilots here as they are very steep and not too much opportunities for landing there. But we have some airfields in valleys here, mostly agro-strips (often paved 1300x35-40 feet) and some air clubs are here as well usually grass strips 2500x200 - 300 feet. Sometimes few kilometers in between them only.
Yesterday we had first day in this here with weather not really good, but at least it was possible to take off. So I went to sky for about 35 minutes, but wind at 500ft AGL was very strong, from 30 knots gusting to 50 knots. We are at 1100 ft MSL (airfield) but it was nearly calm and I was able to climb max 3000 ft due to strong turbulence. Crazy weather. After landing I put my Bristell in hangar just next to Stylus... and I decided to put some pictures of Stylus here again. Just to show you, how the plane is equipped and how is build, just inspiration.
Nice story. Very, very similar to our experience here in the middle of Europe. Inspector CAA/FAA are probably sort of people without borders. You can find them everywhere / and they are really the same sort. That is the main reason why I am out of "certified category of aircraft" even with CPL and air force experience.
Thank you very much for such quick answers. Well, this is technical part. What I understand is that Kitfox was aiming to higher performance based on bigger aircraft, higher gross weight. But step by step Avid went to the similar way as well. Now, what are differences regarding performance, handling etc. Sorry that I am asking to much questions but is better to ask to have more clear picture. And here I can find really huge number of experienced pilots and builders.