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About akflyer

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  1. akflyer added a post in a topic Matco Fat Tailwheel trashed   

    The only time I have ever had tailwheel shimmy is when something got loose or the castor angle was too far out of whack.  The spring mounting bolts on the fuse got loose and created a good shimmy on me but that's about it.  I have run with and without springs, compression springs, loose chains, tight chains etc.  Pay attention to the different sized springs and which side you put them on.  using a geared engine you would put them on the opposite side of what you would a conventional engine.
    I do get the tail off the ground ASAP with full down elevator to get the drag cleaned up and accelerate faster.  I also almost never wheel land, I drag it in more often than not 1 point  

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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic lights   

    I would say worst case, you could use a couple relays and have the controller run the relays.  Not sure how they will hold up top constant use but you can get a prewired relay for the lights for around 8 bucks off amazon.  I had originally wired the lights on my side x side direct to the switch but had a flickering issue.  I used the relay and now they don't flicker or trip out on me.  The biggest thing to remember is the load on the stator.. its only 170 watts tops so bear that in mind when sizing your lights. 

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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic lights   

    I use the vision X light but in all fairness, any time I do any night flying and really need a landing light it is in the winter on skis and they really light up the snow.  I have never tried them as landing lights on anything but snow as it does not get dark here in the summer
    I have the crazed pilot controller but have never hooked it up for the wig wag.  I really need to do that as it seriously helps for recognition.  For those wondering, I went for the high tech mounting method on my landing gear leg.. an Adel clamp

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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic Replacing windshield   

    I just replaced mine again as well and used large head aluminum rivets.  I have replaced mine multiple times due to yellowing or getting gas on it. 
    Normally I use large shears to cut out the windscreen but this time I tried out my Makita cordless shears.. Man what a sweet way to cut the lexan!  Zips right through it in half the time it used to take me!
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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Bad Landing, Failed Landing Gear, Missed Inspection?   

    ouch, that's the first one I have seen fail right there.  Yep you can see plain as day there is no penetration and was a crappy weld.  Glad your OK and the bird is not bent up badly!
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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic KItfox 1 vs KitfoxIV tail section size   

    Sounds like a fun Xcountry flight to me!  Spend a few hundred and a day installing external tanks and you just added a couple hours flight time.

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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic Just joined the Fat Avid Club   

    Any updated flight reports or fixes for us?

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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic KItfox 1 vs KitfoxIV tail section size   

    I have flown the I and II with the smaller tail on wheels skis and floats.  Never had an issue with them in any configuration.  Yes there is adverse yaw, yes you have to use your feet, no its not an issue and I never ran out of control.  The earlier models can use the F7A upgrade that came out for the Avid to help get rid of some of the adverse yaw.  We did that on a buddies mod I.  These earlier models were much lighter and in my opinion "sportier" in the stol department.  Tape the gap on the elevator and you get all the authority you need.

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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Can I get some Catalina and amphibian pics pls?   

    ok you two are not playing fair with this plane porn.. how the hell am I supposed to get any work done when I am drooling like a damn idiot.
    Sweet birds and pics guys!

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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Headset Jack Location   

    no sir.  I hang the head sets on the throttle and have never had an issue getting in or out of the plane.  Worst case you unplug them when you get in and out.

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  11. akflyer added a topic in Avid Kitplanes.com   

    Avid subforum
    I have added this subform as a place for us to ask questions of the new manufacture of Avid aircraft so Mark wont have to waste his time hunting all the various categories.  If you have questions for him or need parts post them up here please.

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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic High EGT's   

    the biggest thing is how many RPM are you running flat and level WOT.  If your running a pretty high rpm flat and level then when you pull back on the power for cruise the EGTS are going to go up.  With a fixed pitch prop its a balancing act between take off and cruise performance. 
    Remember, anytime you point the nose down hill pull the power WAY back.  If you let the prop start driving the engine in a descent your asking for a burn down.  Flying a 2 stroke has a bit of a learning curve.
    It kind of sucks because if you look at the power curve on these max HP is at 6500 and max tq right around 6700.  It drops off pretty quick below 6500 on the HP so turning it too slow on take off and your making under 50 hp easy. 
    The down side I have found on the IVO IFA is the damn electric motors don't seem to last as long as they should IMO and they are charging big bucks for a 20.00 motor.  I have a well known RC car engine builder making me a custom wound motor that I hope will provide better life and better all around service.  Hopefully I will know in another week or two.

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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Headset Jack Location   

    Mine are on the left and right sides of the panel.
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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic High EGT's   

    Change the midrange needle or pitch it a bit more.  Thats the beauty of the IVO inflight.  Flatten for take off RPM then pitch it up in cruise and your golden. 

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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Thoughts on mounting full lotus sponsons inboard on a Catalina?   

    as long as your not dipping a wing tip on a good cross wind that seems like a great plan.  Why do you not want to have them further outboard where the original fiberglass floats were mounted?
    I am trying to learn all I can from you folks that are flying these before I complete mine. 

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