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  • Birthday 02/14/1964

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  1. Ronin added a post in a topic Avid Trailer   

    Fit a complete IV kit in a 4X8 trailer, well it hung off the front and back just a little bit.  
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  2. Ronin added a post in a topic Avid Trailer   

    Or use a MINI and a trailer, nobody asks you to help them move! Car and trailer 4,200 miles, 2,100 miles with the plane kit. Trailer is #425 empty and around #750 as you see it. Don't even know it's behind you for the most part. 

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  3. Ronin added a post in a topic Rotron RT600 XE 100 horsepower   

    Tried a Midwest rotary in a Europa years ago. Same issues as with ALL rotaries, high fuel (and oil) consumption and loud as hell. We left it in the plane for 35/40 hours and finally put a 912S on it instead as we wanted to actually fly the plane once in a while and not work on it. 
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  4. Ronin added a post in a topic Diary of a snow shoveler   

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  5. Ronin added a post in a topic Brrr to cold to fly   

    About 40F this morning but will get up to high fifties later on. I actually had to put a flannel shirt on to walk the dogs, Brrrr. 
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  6. Ronin added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 questions   

    Back around 1997/8 Ivo convinced the owner of Europa Aircraft to try one of the in-flight adjustable props on the mono-wheel 914 powered demonstrator. We put it on just before Sun & Fun, flew it about an hour and were doing ground runups with it when Ivan Shaw (Europa's owner) noticed the tips flexing thru a two or three inch arc on full power runups.  He said to remove it, box it back up and send it back. While I thought it was smooth in flight I never liked the foam core (yes the originals were foam C.D.) and really didn't like that much flex in a prop. I know a lot of people swear by them but I am not one of them. 
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  7. Ronin added a post in a topic Rotax 582 engine failure. Can you solve the mystery?   

    I instructed in a Beaver 550 with a 582 for about 75 hours before the endorsement changes. My rule of thumb was if you didn't dump the nose within a second or two of me pulling the throttle, I would slap the front seaters helmet to wake them up! I would always tell them "things happen fast in an ultralight". The guys transitioning from F-16's and L1011's would always laugh at that until we got up to altitude, banked it over 45 degrees and pulled the throttle to idle. It would usually snap out of the turn in a couple seconds if you didn't release the back pressure. Then they would get it. I would pull the throttle all the time on takeoffs and taught to point it down fast if you want to avoid a crash. Deadstick in the Beaver entailed pointing it almost straight down to maintain 60/65 until you flared, you got one shot at it, maybe, maybe a slight amount of float to help. 
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  8. Ronin added a post in a topic MK IV Aerobat speedwing spar gouge/repair   

    But losing a fish, or the mast of a sail boat won't result in you falling to earth and splatting like a ripe melon. 
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  9. Ronin added a post in a topic Kitfox 3 Project #2!   

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  10. Ronin added a post in a topic Kitfox 3 Project #2!   

    Bump, Still available
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  11. Ronin added a post in a topic Dean Wilson Ellipse For Sale in Idaho   

    One of my all time favorite planes. If only I could get rid of the KF3 kit I have!
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  12. Ronin added a post in a topic lycoming mod ?   

    That website is BS. 
    They list a 914 for 16.5k new, I paid 20k for one back in 1996! 
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  13. Ronin added a post in a topic lycoming mod ?   

    Well if you just have to try I happen to have a model 3 kit for sale.
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  14. Ronin added a post in a topic Anyone running a Viking/Honda 110hp engine in a Kitfox or Avid?   

    I spoke to a gyro guy that installed one and he thought the installed weight was closer to #230/240. And then there is Jan. 
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