I don't like to leave mine NOT tied down. Some areas I have gone to are known for high winds. Super cool thing about avids and kitfoxes. If the winds are really bad you can fold the wings and she wont fly or flip. Anything much more that a 25 MPH direct cross wind and you might think about having someone help walk it in by holding the strut. Your going to be using lots of brake to keep it from weather vanning too.
mine has aluminum leading edge sheet that is wrapped over the front spar and looks a lot like the kitfox plastic leading edge profile. I am not at all convinced that it was really done right or has the optimum shape. The kitfox STOL wing is actually faster than mine is and climbs better as well. I am still kicking around what I want to do with my wing when I am ready to rebuild it, but I am pretty sure I will be going with a KF Mod IV rib and extending the wings. I am also going to pick up some cub lift struts and make new struts for mine using the cub rear struts.
I think the biggest gain would be to take all the washout out of the wing. 2" is way too much and if you look at the wing in flight you will see that the outboard 2/3rds of the leading edge is pointed at the ground. That has to be inducing a ton of drag and its pulling you out of the sky. I seriously wish I would have taken most of it out and only left 1/2" of the washout in the wing when I rebuilt mine.
Safety One important advantage over other lithium-ion chemistries is thermal and chemical stability, which improves battery safety.LiFePO 4 is an intrinsically safer cathode material than LiCoO 2 and manganese spinel, through omission of the cobalt, with its negative resistance versus increasing-heat property potentially encouraging thermal runaway. The Fe–P–O bond is stronger than the Co–O bond, so that when abused, (short-circuited, overheated, etc.) the oxygen atoms are much harder to remove. This stabilization of the redox energies also helps fast ion migration. As lithium migrates out of the cathode in a LiCoO 2 cell, the CoO 2 undergoes non-linear expansion that affects the structural integrity of the cell. The fully lithiated and unlithiated states of LiFePO 4 are structurally similar which means that LiFePO 4 cells are more structurally stable than LiCoO 2 cells. No lithium remains in the cathode of a fully charged LiFePO 4 cell—in a LiCoO 2 cell, approximately 50% remains in the cathode. LiFePO 4 is highly resilient during oxygen loss, which typically results in an exothermic reaction in other lithium cells. As a result, lithium iron phosphate cells are much harder to ignite in the event of mishandling (especially during charge) although any fully charged battery can only dissipate overcharge energy as heat. Therefore, failure of the battery through misuse is still possible. It is commonly accepted that LiFePO 4 battery does not decompose at high temperatures. The difference between LFP and the LiPo battery cells commonly used in the aeromodelling hobby is particularly notable.[cita
Thank you. I just ran the numbers they show and they seem to be a smaller diameter than the current neoprene ones that the book calls for. I am going to swing by the rubber supply house tomorrow and see what I can find for the mount rubber to make new bushings for mine.
Ginger seems to help most people on the boat. When I am flying with buddies in the back seat of their cubs I can get a little twisted up. It seems to be a control thing like riding in a car for some. I once made a guy puke in a 172 when he was in the back seat. When we got on the ground he shook my hand and congratulated me. Turns out he was an ex navy jock with countless carrier landings and combat time and I was the one and only person to ever make him sick. I wore that badge with pride for awhile
these are not lipo batteries. they are using LiFe PO4 that don't tend to explode or burn like the lithium ion or lithium polymers did / do. The ones that are shown above also have built in changers so they will balance the cells and they are meant to be used in powersports applications. If is works in a bike or snogo it will be fine in our birds running 2 strokes.
I can promise you that it will not fit without modifications. I decided that to me it was not worth the hassle. If I remember right, there was issues with clearing the cross tube on the firewall as well but I can remember exactly. Sorry to be a downer, but its just how it is.