akflyer

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About akflyer

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  • Birthday 08/31/1971

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  1. akflyer added a post in a topic Putting a used Experimental back in the air   

    Every Avid I know comes out nose heavy... moving the CG back to 16" makes it a much better plane.  Moving it to 18" really improves it.
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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic Stator went out   

    beer, bottle of water, stopping to take a piss.. you get the idea of what I am saying.  Its faster and easier to pull the engine and a shit ton less skinned knuckles and modifying tools to try and get them into a space that you are not going to be able to get them into anyway.
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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic Stator went out   

    It makes lots of sense... That's why it has 2. 
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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic Photobucket is now dead   

    Don't worry about running up the bandwidth here, I/ we pay for unlimited.

     
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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Avid kit for sale near Reno   

    not STOL or speed wing, just standard 110 MPH wing?? hmm.. ya got me stumped on that one
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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Putting a used Experimental back in the air   

    ok, but lets say that one is to keep the radiators they have then add the expansion tank... thats what I was referring to.  Hell I don't know, I've only got a few hours in my avid..
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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic Putting a used Experimental back in the air   

    Yes the straps are shown in the manual, but the turn buckle should not be an issue, they are used on primary flight controls on many planes much larger and faster than our avids.
    I had cooling issue on hot days with my avid using the cheek radiators until I made some ducting for them out of sheet rubber that seals them up around the cowling.  Now it cools just fine.
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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic speed wings/stol wings.   

    Use all the flap you have to pop it off the ground.  I have flown the extended speed wing and my HH wing same day same conditions and I could get the extended speed wing in and out just as short but it cruised a good bit faster and felt a little "sportier" in the air.  In short, I loved the way it flew.  If ya'll are not using the flaperons (setting such ad 10 deg mean nothing its not a cessna) to the full travel your leaving performance on the table.
    I start off the ground roll with full down elevator and no flaps.  As the tail starts coming up start relaxing on the stick.  At 35MPH I yank in full flaps and pull back on the stick to pop it off the ground.  While staying in ground effect drop the nose a little and start bleeding off the flaps gaining speed till 55 then start pointing the nose to the sky.
    Granted, I am at sea level and moderate temps.  Hotter days I may build speed to 40 before I yank flaps.
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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Flaps keep retracting   

    Not learning to use the flaps leaves a lot of performance on the table.. especially when you have to get in and out short.
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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Stator went out   

    That wont give you much room to try and get in there to set the trigger coil gap..Or put the puller on to get the flywheel off.  It may seem easier but you can have the engine on the bench in an hour if you stop and drink a beer in the middle of the job.  I have changed the starter out doing it through the firewall and if it was not for the fact that I was on floats out on a remote lake I damn sure would have pulled the engine to do it. 
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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Putting a used Experimental back in the air   

    getting to know every inch of your new plane is not really a bad thing.  Some things may not bug one person that will bug you (wiring not perfectly run etc).  The crap in the engine would really bug me.  Having ports plugged off can create hot spots and thats not a good thing.  I would be very tempted to pull the head and blow all the passages out to make sure they are not filled and plugged. 
    Bigger expansion tank??  grams make ounces, ounces make pounds.  Adding weight to the front of the plane is not a great idea unless you add lead to the tail.  If the plane is nose heavy you will not be impressed with the way it flys.  Relocating the tank means making longer hose runs as well.. it all adds up. 

     
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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic Is this the one? So many doubts.   

    That is an extended speed wing.  Good looking bird but unless it was built with the heavy spars and closer rib spacing its NOT a heavy hauler. It is still not a bad price if the workmanship is good.

     
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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Finally starting new hangar!   

    Mark, I was going through the more expensive carbon filter every month too.  I jumped a sediment filter in front of the carbon one and now I change the 3.00 sediment filter every month and the carbon one lasts much much longer.
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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic When you can't fly   

    I don't need my locations known to anyone hahaha.  I tend to go where no man has gone before and probly shouldn't be.

     
    It is addicting for sure.  When you get color with little to no effort, it makes you dream big on putting in some real effort to find that serious pay streak.  Reality is that you will be lucky to get enough to pay for the 2 gallons of gas that you burned in the pump let alone anything else.

     
    Yes it is.  And no she was not flipping off the cam, she was making her "claw" ready to defend from other pirates that may be trying to attack... and maybe she was being a bear since I had just pointed out the bear tracks to her and told her to not wander off into the woods

     
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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Need Avid Mk4 Heavy Hauler wings!   

    I have a feeling that when you cut the section that is buckled the rest of the spar will straighten out on its own.  That buckle is holding the slight bend in the tubing.  you really do have to bend the tubing pretty darn far to get it to take a "set". 
    As far as Airdale, it would be more than a one man operation again to make it profitable.  Making the parts is easy enough, but making and selling enough to make it worth your time is a different story.  It is hard to justify trying to do it full time for a hand full of 30-100 orders a week.  That does not even pay consumables and the light bill.  If I spend 10 hrs welding on a project its not just the cost of the tubing.  Say a part uses 100 in tubing, then you have another 80 bucks in argon, 20-30 bucks in electric (I am going to start running my welder off the generator as the electric company here has lost their ever loving minds) The big time eater is most likely fitting up the tubes and making the jig etc.  So for a part that someone will shit their pants because it "should" only be 200 bucks I now have 200 in materials and 10 hrs of time into.  To support the market we currently have a guy is damn lucky to make beer money let alone try to raise a family on it.
    I make the parts I do to help you guys out and I enjoy fabricating but I don't see ever making a living at it with the limited market unless one started out with the funds available to float the company for a couple years while gearing up to make a serious run at the market and taking on kitfox, just and a few others.  I damn sure dont have that kind of pocket change laying around these days, the damn lawyers and insane ex have seen to that 

     
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