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About Brodstol

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  1. Brodstol added a post in a topic First Flight   

    Thanks everyone for the advice, the first flight was a success! Here I am afterwards with the Kitfox grin. I'm going to update my rebuild thread on some of the squawks but overall the plane did great.

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  2. Brodstol added a post in a topic First Flight   

    Thanks everyone for the great advice and help. I just got done with my dual instruction in the J3 today and I've been taxing my KF1 around the 25-30mph range (almost lifted off once!) for the past couple of days. It's been a great help doing so and I'm feeling much more comfortable with the ground handling. First flight, weather permitting, will be this week. I'll check back once completed.

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  3. Brodstol added a topic in Rotax and other engines   

    2 stroke oil source
    I'm trying to find a good inexpensive source for 2 stroke oil. I'm currently using Quicksilver PWC Full Synthetic and since I'm not burning AVGas I'm inclined to keep using it. I found Wholesale Marine selling it at $34.44 a gallon which is close to seven dollars cheaper than my local Wal-Mart. Here's a link to the website  If I buy 3 gallons I can get free shipping and all total it'll equal around $.75 / gallon mixing it 50:1 in my fuel.
    So where and how have you all been getting your oil? Have any good sources, is there anything cheaper out there?
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  4. Brodstol added a post in a topic Snowplay   

    That's too cool, land, grab your skis and enjoy the slops. Thanks for sharing, it's a great video.
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  5. Brodstol added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Bungee gear Toe Adjustment
    I've been prepping for my first flight and taxiing around 15-25mph has been quite squirrely and wouldn't dare go any faster. So I decided to do a quick check of the toe on my Model 1 today. It is even both sides at 3/8" toe in referencing the deflection between the fore and aft of my Nanco tires at axle height. So I know I want to be 0 or just a tad toe out but my question is what's the best way to adjust this? I'm thinking of removing the axle and bending it slightly in a vise. Any recommendations?
    Also is it best to adjust toe in the three point stance or with the fuselage leveled? 
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  6. Brodstol added a post in a topic First Flight   

    I wish grass was an option here. It use to be until our airport started to favor the regional airline. 
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  7. Brodstol added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    First Flight
    So I'm getting ready to take my Kitfox 1 for it's first flight since it's I've had the project. It's been a while since I've regularly flown so I'm hoping to get to some suggestions and advice in how to knock off the rust and prepare for flying the Model 1. My tailwheel experience is 20 or so hours in a Cessna 140 and another 10 in a Glasair Glastar/Sportsman. I know the Kitfox is a different animal being high lift/high drag so I'm expecting it to be different. I'm memorizing the airspeeds given in the POH for the Model 2 since they should be similar.
    My plan is to fly solo in a different airplane and rehearse the actual first flight, i.e. emergency procedures, stalls, and maneuvering. My airport is KEAT and we have an uncontrolled 7,000 ft long runway with another inactive intersecting runway as well so I'm confident this will give me lots of options if something goes wrong. I'm also looking at receiving some dual instruction in a Wag Aero J3 as well.
    Let me know your suggestions and insight, I want to be prepared as I can.  Also I'm using the Advisory Circular on Phase 1 test flying as reference as well.
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  8. Brodstol added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 Rebuild   

    Here's a post I put on the Kitfox FB page about the process and struggle in getting my a replacement a/w certificate
    "Replacement A/W cert. acquired! Let me share a cautionary tale with you all...
    A little over a year ago I acquired a Kitfox 1 from an estate. They had no logs however I could see when looking up the N# on the FAA registry that the registration was current and showed an airworthiness date of 7/20/1988. I wasn't worried too much about the logs since the plane was a basket case and I'd have to pretty much rework the entire plane to get it airworthy again. I also knew I could request a copy of the aircraft records from the registry. The plane was a good deal and while looking at it with the estate they had received calls wanting to buy the plane sight unseen.  So feeling the pressure and assuring myself that all would work out, I pulled the trigger, trailered the plane home, and work began restoring the Kitfox. I used the FAA online request for a CD copy of the aircraft records and a week later I received it. I poured through the PDFs and when I came to the a/w record all that it showed was half of a calibration sheet from what I assume was their scanner from when the FAA moved away from physical records in the mid 90's. I was dismayed but had hope that my local FSDO would be of help. Thus began my nearly year long battle of trying to acquire a copy of the A/W cert. My local FSDO was initially of no help stating that they have no more physical records and whatever they did have was sent to the Oklahoma offices. I called the FAA Registry office and they said that all physical records are sent to a different branch of the government and would be near impossible to acquire. I contacted the FSDO again and asked what my options were. They said since I had no logs I had no way to prove that the A/W was issued. I presented the evidence I had which was that it had a recorded airworthiness date in the FAA registry, over 300 hrs on the hobbs, and even video evidence of it flying in early Kitfox marketing videos. It had no effect.  Frustration and reality was starting to sink in that I could just have a pile of parts instead of the aircraft I originally valued it as. I contacted an EAA representative who agreed with me that the evidence was there to support my case and suggested I contact a DAR in my area. I tracked him down and he also agreed with me however didn't feel he could do anything about it since I'm not the original builder. He did suggest contacting a new PMI within my local FSDO. This PMI was much more helpful than the last and actually made efforts to help me. He however hit a wall and asked if I could try getting in touch with the original builder to try and get anything. I had personal reservations on this since I didn't want to open a can of worms that the builder didn't want get involved with. However desperation was setting in and so I started digging. In my google searching and internet stalking of trying to come up with current contact info for the builder I came upon the solution to my problem. I did an FAA airmen inquiry on the builder, and came upon his certifications and noticed his repairmen certificate for my specific Kitfox. I researched more and found out that you can not receive a repairmen's certificate unless the A/W had been issued for that specific aircraft. The stars had aligned and when I gave my PMI this information he concluded that this was evidence enough that an special airworthiness certificate had been issued for my Kitfox and that he could issue a replacement. He still needed to physically inspect the plane for the correct placards and that it actually was an aircraft. Last Thursday the Kitfox passed with flying colors and he issued the new/replacement special airworthiness certificate. Since I have no logs to prove that phase 1 was ever completed I will need to do so but he gave me a 75 mile radius to work with so I can't complain too much. He stated that finding the builder's repairmen certificate was the only reason I could get a replacement. I really dodged a bullet and I'm thankful that I now have a legal Kitfox. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be taking it up on it's second first flight. Sorry for the wall of text, I just needed to vent and hopefully give some information and experience that might help someone in the future. It's a happy ending but could've easily been a big bummer. TL;DR summary,Before you buy, make sure to have physical records of the registration and more importantly the special a/w cert along with the conditions and limitations. Don't assume the FAA registry will have it or that the FSDO can easily issue a replacement. Don't be pressured and rushed into a deal no matter how good it is."
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  9. Brodstol added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 Rebuild   

    Wings went on tonight without a hitch. You couldn't wipe the grin off my face as the project now feels closer and closer to an airplane. Great advice on mounting the struts beforehand, it helped immensely. 

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  10. Brodstol added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 Rebuild   

    Thanks guys, I'll definitely put the struts on beforehand, appreciate the help.
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  11. Brodstol added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 Rebuild   

    It's been a while posting here but I've been making steady process. I'm gearing to hang the wings back on this weekend and have a question. Whats the best way to put them back on? I assume its get the the two spar bolts in and the slide the lift strut back into place. Any tips or words of wisdom would be appreciated. 

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  12. Brodstol added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 Rebuild   

    sure, I used some leftover baggage door seal I found at school. It's soft and pliable, making a much better seal than the felt tape that was previously on there.
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  13. Brodstol added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 Rebuild   

    Just want to update you all with a few pics of the progress and even moving the project from school to back home.
    A big thank you to Ronin for the new landing gear, wheels, and brakes and to Avidflyer1 for the 68" Warp Drive prop. I'm out of A&P school and now working as an A&P for the local FBO, so I haven't had a lot of time for fixing up the Kitfox. I am hoping to fire up the 582 this weekend and install the windshield within the next week or so. 

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  14. Brodstol added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 More pics   

    Great job TJay! It looks awesome and I'm sure it'll fly just as good as it looks.
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  15. Brodstol added a topic in Avid and Kitfox parts Suppliers   

    Ebay 20% off sitewide today only 03/09
    For today only ebay is offering 20% everything sitewide as long as it's an order of $25 or more. Use the code PSPRING20 at checkout. I'm picking up some tools and few parts I had on my wishlist. Happy shopping everyone!
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