All, Ribs, ribs, and more ribs! STOL and speedwing ribs are complete and spars are on the way. Wing kits and piece parts will be available soon. Flaperons are in progress this week and next. Feel free to email if interested in ordering parts. Keep warm, fly safe, and have fun! -Mark
Happy New Year to you all from Avid! At the manufacturing shop we have been very busy making ribs for both speedwing and STOL wings. Flaperons are next and an order of steel should allow us to weld up our first fuselage before the end of the month. It is very exciting to finally see progress being made. I am also in the process of acquiring jigs to make a new landing gear configuration used by many - a cabane "v style" with shocks built in. This will allow a higher, wider stance for the Mark IV and gives owners the option for larger tundra tires. I have to admit that I have been absolutely swamped with emails from Avid enthusiasts near and far. It is great to hear all of the stories and see pictures. Many have asked about parts orders and I have tried to respond with a quote or time frame. If you have not seen a response, please don't hesitate to bug me again. I will do my best to respond to everyone within a day or two. I am excited for Avid's future and hope to make 2018 one for the books. Blue skies and tailwinds! Mark Mendick
Avid Update: Raw materials for flaperons are in! It won't be long before a few sets are built and ready for kits or parts orders! Materials for STOL wings are on order as well. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and safe travels to those on the road or in the air this week.
My Mark IV is not complete and therefore not photo ready. I didn't want to steal pictures from Google and did not get a very good response when I asked for pictures back in August/September. The picture will get updated when I am able to gather a few Mark IV pictures that are good quality. If any of you are willing to send me a few to use, that would be great! The only ones I have are from Joey's model C or old photocopies dating back to the 1990's. I appreciate everyone giving input and being so observant. Let me know if there is anything else you see that may need some fine-tuning.
Hey foxflyers! I am going to try and post regularly on this thread with updates and news at the Avid shop. Feel free to ask questions, make comments, and enjoy! This week we finally got the website up and running. I am still setting up search engine optimization so it is difficult to find on Google unless you type in the exact URL. Check it out! www.avidkitplanes.com In other news, we hung up and organized the masters for all sheet metal parts on the Mark IV today. Things are slowly taking shape here and I anticipate we will be welding in a few weeks. More updates to come. Happy flying!
When I acquired the company at the end of the summer, I was so excited and couldn’t wait any longer to share the news about Avid’s revival. Had I known there would be so much backlash already, I would have waited until things progressed further before opening my mouth.
As stated before, this is a start-up that is going to take some time to get going. I am not a millionaire investor nor do I have other people or companies backing me. I dedicate every evening from 4:30 (after I get off work) till 10pm and weekends sorting through files, cleaning up jigs, remodeling an old shop for Avid’s manufacturing facility, and trying to learn as much as I can about the business as I piece together information on this forum and documentation from the acquisition. My goal is to bring Avid Aircraft back so we all can continue to have reliable parts and give others the opportunity of ownership as well. I am willing to bet that at the end of the day, most of you would say the same. I care about the customers and am interested in the items of discussion on the forum but until I get some other major milestones out of the way, I will have to continue to stay passive on the site unless someone emails me personally. With regards to the unanswered emails, I believe I have answered every email sent through firstname.lastname@example.org. If I haven’t, send me another and yell at me a little so I don’t make the same mistake twice! I noticed I never responded to a message through the forum email and I apologize for that. After I got my business email, I quit checking the forum mail assuming people would contact me through my business email. I have the molds for the Catalina as well as weld fixtures. I plan to focus my efforts on the Mark IV until things are running smooth with production before re-introducing the Magnum and Catalina. I anticipate by next Fall I will be able to start on it. The molds for the Catalina will have to be refinished and will require an investment (part of the reason I am waiting). If this is something multiple people are looking for and there is a strong demand, I can certainly look at pulling those molds out earlier than the Fall to try and have fiberglass parts made.
I have no intentions of getting into hot water with Airdale, Kitfox, or the like. If there are any issues, they are welcome to email me. I don’t know how speculations about legal troubles are already floating around when kits haven’t even been built yet.
I am a young, energetic, and driven to see this great company succeed again. It may start small and take a while, but I would rather do it right the first time and not rush into uncertainty. If you would like to talk to me personally about issues, send an email or I can even give you a call. I hope this message finds you all well and I look forward to your input. Thank you!
My name is Mark, new owner of Avid Aircraft. We have the original cowling molds for the model B and can have some made if you would like! We are still working on setting up the factory but can start taking on some parts orders like yours. Email me at email@example.com if interested. Thanks!
I am a member of this site and want to thank everyone for the encouraging words. As C5Engineer said, I am in the very beginning stages of startup and would appreciate your patience as we bring this amazing company back to life. We hope to start taking parts orders before the end of the year and build complete kits in 2018. If you have any questions or would like to share anything Avid, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to have a website up soon and I will continue to be active on this site. Thank you!