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  1. BRCC added a post in a topic Engine Cowl Exhaust Damage   

    So after my pseudo-blister cured I removed it from the vent hose and worked it to fit into the cutout section of the fairing. With a little Gorilla Duct Tape, clamps and strip of aluminum I got everything secured in place to mold it in. I chopped up some fiberglass mixed with resin and packed it in around and in between the blister and cowling.  I've never used peel ply, but found it worked as well as PVA film. I laid it over the wet concoction and smoothed it out with an acid brush. After drying, I peeled it off and was more than satisfied with the results.

    Everyone have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!
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  2. BRCC added a post in a topic Engine Cowl Exhaust Damage   

    I wracked my brain trying to think of something readily available that would work as a form. I settled on a section of flexible clothes dryer vent hose that I could bend in a compound curve. I reinstalled the cowling and used a screw and Gorilla Duct tape to hold it in position. A couple other engine parts hold it up.
    The plan is to use some mold release on the tape I wrapped around the dryer duct and then fiberglass it on. That's for tomorrow.

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  3. BRCC added a topic in Avid Model C   

    Engine Cowl Exhaust Damage
    We're at a point in the Non-Metallics class where we have a composite project. Since I dragged all the equipment out I decided to undertake repair of the engine cowling where the exhaust has been rubbing and burnt/cracked it. The builder added a blister to the cowl, but it wasn't large enough and not exactly placed correctly. 

    I removed the cowling and wrapped foam around the exhaust and then reinstalled the cowl. I carefully nipped away at the damaged area and estimated the clearance I would need. This shot was taken after some time spent at the downdraft table removing the paint, bondo, and heat shield from the inside. The extra space on the right was where the original blister was located. 
    More tomorrow!
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  4. BRCC added a post in a topic Rotax Service and Maintenance Classes   

    I'm happy to report that we have met the minimum number of enrolled students and the Service and Maintenance classes are a GO!. 
    There are still seats available, so if you find yourself with the extra time and money to attend we'd be thrilled to see you!
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  5. BRCC added a post in a topic Rotax Service and Maintenance Classes   

    For anyone who signed up for the course(s) online, PLEASE call 540-453-2215 to confirm enrollment.
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  6. BRCC added a post in a topic Rotax Service and Maintenance Classes   

    In regards to a 2-stroke class, Dean informed that the usual number of annual requests for that class are about...six. So if you can get a committed group of enthusiasts and make it economically feasible to hold the class here in Virginia, that's the only way it's going to happen.
    I also forgot to mention that you can call 540-453-2215 and get signed up for the class vice going through the college system and applying. I highly recommend the former.
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  7. BRCC added a post in a topic Rotax Service and Maintenance Classes   

    Thanks, Paul. I'll look into that as I could use the class as well now that we have a running, at least it ran 15- 20 years ago.
    I spoke with Dean yesterday and he's having to bump up our "no later than date" to the 2nd of May vice the 4th. If the enrollment doesn't take off this weekend...
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  8. BRCC added a post in a topic Rotax Service and Maintenance Classes   

    Hey folks,
    We are needing four more people in the Service class and five more for the Maintenance class. Deadline is 4 May 2018 or we'll have to cancel. 
    Nobody wants that!
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  9. BRCC added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    LSA Repairman Course
    I'm happy to announce this year's dates and information for the Light Sport Repairman course offered by our college. 
    For general information, please refer to this link:
    Tuition costs are based on 5 credit hours and state of residence:
    Registration began the 19th of March and response has been very strong. We have approximately seven seats still available.
    If you desire more information regarding registration process or administrative questions, please contact Melissa McElveen at (540) 453-2224 or '' 
    If you have any questions regarding the program in general please feel free to contact me at (540) 453-2508 or ''
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  10. BRCC added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Rotax Service and Maintenance Classes
    Every year in the month of June Blue Ridge Community College hosts training for Rotax Service/Maintenance. Please see below for information.
    Blue Ridge Community College (Weyers Cave, VA) will be offering courses in Rotax Service and Maintenance for 9-Series this summer. The Service Class will be held 5-6 June 2018and the Maintenance Class will be held 7-8 June 2018. The classes are taught by Dean Vogel from Lockwood Aviation.
    Please call 540-453-2372 or 540-453-2215 to register for Rotax Service/Maintenance classes or use the links to sign up online:
    - Rotax Service Training (
    - Rotax Maintenance Training (
    Note: the Service Training class is a prerequisite to take the Maintenance Training class.
    We have a maximum of 16 seats in the Service class and 12 seats in the Maintenance class. NOTE: We need a minimum of 6 people signed up for each class no later than 04 May 2018 in order to hold the classes.
    Classes are taught at the Weyers Cave campus and labs are held at our hangar located at the Shenandoah Regional Airport (SHD). 
    For further information or questions please feel free to contact me.
    Keith Dennis
    Instructional Assistant – AMT Program
    Blue Ridge Community College
    43 Aviation Circle, Suite 101
    Hangar 4 East
    Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Office (540) 453-2508
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  11. BRCC added a post in a topic Blue Ridge Community College   

    I like the suggestions that have been coming in. 
    It has been a whirlwind week or two, but I managed to snag a little time and administer some TLC to the old girl. We took it down to the wash rack and gently brushed her delicate skin with some soft brushes and clean water. Brought her back to the hangar and proceeded to vacuum every nook and cranny and give a good look over. The sound insulation tacked to the firewall has totally turned to dust and necessitated several passes with the shop vac. Same with the engine cowl seals. Most of the fuel lines have hardened and shrunk, but we expected to replace them anyway. The family has located his build manuals and photos which I'm anxious to get and pore over.
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  12. BRCC added a post in a topic Blue Ridge Community College   

    LOL! You posted while I was replying to EDMO. Now you have piled the guilt on me!
    As sad a situation as it may seem to you, the donors were considering parting the plane out to eliminate future liability. She may not fly again, but at least she's not being torn to pieces.
    Our other aircraft include a Piper Cherokee 260, Grumman Yankee, Cessna 310 (U-3B), King Air, a LongEZ (in parts), and two Cessna 172; one with a Continental (Thielart) diesel motor mounted and the other in rebuild.

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  13. BRCC added a post in a topic Blue Ridge Community College   

    Thank you, EDMO. I know how you feel about it not flying again, but she'll be more useful for the greater good as an instructional aid. In addition to our A&P program, we also hold a Light Sport Repairman course every summer and trying to line up an LSA for students to work on can be frustrating. Having our own aircraft to use for instruction takes a LOT of stress off me.
    It would be nice to install our 912ULS for use in the Rotax Service/Maintenance courses we hold the week prior to LSARM classes, but if that happens it will be farther down the line.
    While I'm here I should add a little more info about me and the plane:
    - My name is Keith and I'm the instructional assistant for our AMT program. I did 28 years in Naval aviation, retired and said I never wanted to see another airplane for as long as I lived. Six years later I got my A&P and by shear luck ended up here doing a job I absolutely love!
    - Avid Flyer C, SN 663, Rotax 582LC. The data plate SN for the engine has six digits, but my research thus far says it is supposed to be seven. Going to have to look into that.
    - Not sure if a 3-bladed Warp Drive prop is considered a mod, but I was happy to find one installed! 
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  14. BRCC added a topic in Introduce yourself   

    Blue Ridge Community College
    Hello from Virginia! We're a small community college with an A&P program and a gentleman called a few weeks ago asking if we would be interested in an Avid Flyer. Honestly, my reaction wasn't exactly overly exuberant since storage is already at a premium with five aircraft tied out on the line and numerous fuselages, wings, and other large parts crammed in any available space. He went on to say the aircraft was complete and flying right up to the day his wife's grandfather pushed it into the downstairs family room approximately 17 years ago. That's nice, but still...then he said it came with a trailer and I was all ears!
    We made plans to meet the next day to take a look at what he had and I have to say I was excited! I have been brainstorming with our public relations and other folks for ways to advertise our program and draw more young folks into the aviation field and this seemed to be the perfect platform! My plans are to paint it white with blue stripes and our college logo and then take it to high schools and aviation events in order to increase our presence.
    Attached are a couple pictures that you may enjoy. Believe it or not, after sitting in a field outdoors for over 15 years all I had to do was put tires on the trailer and run new wires to the lights before loading the plane and bringing it back to the hangar. We washed it today and started making a list of items to replace. Although our intentions are to bring it up to airworthy standards, it will be used strictly as an instructional aid and never fly again. 

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